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Salary Schedule 

Starting salary is generally the first step of the range listed; however, advanced step appointments may be approved based upon qualifications when warranted. Subsequent salary increases within the range are scheduled yearly and may be granted based upon satisfactory service. 

City of Novato Salary Schedule
Compensation of Elected Officials and Employees (as required by AB-2040)


Summary of Employee Benefits

Retirement Benefits
The City contracts with the California Public Retirement System (CalPERS).

Classic Members

New Members

Misc: 2%@55
Safety: 3%@55

Misc: 2%@62
Safety: 2.7%@57

Medical Benefits 
The City contracts with CalPERS for the health program. The City contribution toward medical premiums are based on enrollment level. Employees who do not enroll in a health plan through the City receive up to $250 per month in addition to gross earnings.

Benefit Level City Contribution 
Employee only  $1,050/month 
Employee + 1  $1,525/month 
Employee + family  $1,775/month 

Dental Benefits
The City contracts with Delta Dental of California. Employees have 5 PPO plans and 1 HMO plan to choose from.
Employee paid.

PPO Plan premiums (employee-family)  HMO plan premiums (employee-family) 
$53.20-$208.30/month   $27.92 - $75.05/month 

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
The FSA allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for dependent care and/or out-of-pocket health care costs.
Employee paid.

Life Insurance
Benefit varies by bargaining unit.
$5,000 - $100,000

Long Term Disability
Employee paid optional benefit plan.

non-management  management 
$9.78/month  $22.92/month 

State Disability Insurance (SDI)
Select bargaining units contribute to SDI.
Mandated employee contribution of .9%

Deferred Compensation 457 Program 
A tax exempt retirement plan that is available to government employees. Contributions to the 457 plan come from employee compensation.
Providers: Lincoln Financial, Nationwide, and ICMA.

Medicare
Mandated employee contribution of 1.45%

Educational Expense Reimbursement 
Reimbursement is available for job-related courses taken for professional development.
$150 per fiscal year - $750 per fiscal year based on bargaining unit.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
A City-paid EAP is available for employees and members of their household.
No cost to employee.

Social Security
The City does not participate in Social Security.

Leaves:
The City offers 13 paid holidays; 10 days of vacation after 1 year (graduates to 21 days for 20 years of service); 12 days per year sick leave (unused leave applied to service credit at retirement).

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