Career Benefits


Work Environment

RTD offers competitive benefits and salaries and provides a comfortable, professional working environment that supports individual employee development. Our employees have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community by providing for the present and future public-transit needs of the Denver/Boulder metro area. RTD has several facilities located in the Denver/Boulder metro area. At each of these facilities, our goal is to provide a safe, family-friendly and diverse workplace.


Flextime scheduling is available in some non-shift RTD positions to accommodate employees' personal needs and preferences. With supervisor approval, employees may vary their starting and ending times as long as they work a full eight-hour day that encompasses the core hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

This program provides free, one-on-one, confidential counseling to RTD employees and family members. Professional counselors can help with family problems, marital conflict, emotional concerns, alcohol/drug problems, and legal/financial problems.

Annual Take Our Children to Work Day

Each year, RTD sponsors Take Our Children to Work Day to give children the opportunity to learn about careers in public transit. Children participate in tours and learning activities that lead to a better grasp of the world of work and the skills required to be employed.

Pre-Retirement Seminars

Twice a year, RTD presents an intensive two-day class to assist employees in preparing for their impending retirement. These seminars address topics such as budgeting, taxation, insurance, investments, Social Security, wills, and more.

Recognition Programs

RTD employees have many opportunities to be recognized and rewarded for their work. Our recognition programs include Outstanding Achievement Awards (for outstanding performance above and beyond the normal expectation) and General Manager's Awards (in recognition of exceptional work throughout the year). These awards are presented annually. Service Awards for milestone years of service at RTD are recognized monthly. In addition, RTD employees can receive Dining Dollars from their managers as special recognition for exceptional behavior or a contribution above and beyond the scope of regular duties. Finally, RTD recognizes employees who have served our country in the armed services by hosting an annual Veteran's Day luncheon in their honor.


Medical Insurance

Eligible employees may choose from four medical plan options offered through Kaiser Permanente or Cigna. Premiums are shared by RTD and the employee. Coverage is provided for employees and their eligible dependents.

Dental Insurance

RTD employees have two dental plan options offered through Delta Dental of Colorado. Premiums are shared by RTD and the employee. Coverage is provided for employees and their eligible dependents.

Vision Insurance

RTD offers an employee vision plan through Superior. Premiums are shared by RTD and the employee. Coverage is provided for employees and their eligible dependents.

Medical Flexible Spending Account

Eligible employees may make pre-tax contributions to a Medical Flexible Spending Account to receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical expenses for the employee and dependent family members. Unused contributions are forfeited at the end of the plan year, as required by IRS regulation.

Dependent Daycare Spending Account

Eligible employees may make pre-tax contributions to a Dependent Daycare Spending Account, with maximum annual contributions of $5,000 (married filing jointly or filing single) or $2,500 (married filing single) to receive reimbursement for daycare expenses for children under age 13. Unused contributions are forfeited at the end of the plan year, as required by IRS regulation.

Short-term Disability

Eligible employees receive 66.67% of basic monthly earnings after 30 days of continuous disability. Payments may continue until the 90th day.

Long-term Disability

Eligible employees receive 66.67% of basic monthly earnings to a maximum benefit of $10,000 per month after 90 days of continuous disability.

Basic Life Insurance/Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Under this plan, a qualified employee's beneficiary may receive the lesser of 1.5 times the employee's basic yearly earnings or $250,000. Additional coverage is provided in the event of accidental death or dismemberment.

Travel and Accident Insurance

Under this plan, the beneficiary of an eligible employee who is traveling on company business (not to and from work) may receive a $50,000 death benefit.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Under this plan, employees may purchase additional life insurance benefits. Premiums, paid by the employee, are based on the employee’s age and the amount of coverage.

RTD Salaried Defined Contribution Plan

Employees become participants in this plan on their date of hire if they are at least 21 years of age. Employees are 100% vested after they have completed five years of continuous employment. RTD makes 100% of the contributions for this Plan.

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

This plan, which is similar to a 401(k) plan, allows employees to save for retirement through salary reduction. Employees have the choice to contribute all or part of their contribution on either a pre-tax or after-tax (Roth) basis. Employees are eligible from their first day of employment at RTD.

Transit Pass and Spouse/Dependent Pass

RTD issues a picture ID card that serves as a free transit pass to each employee. Each employee may also receive one additional transit pass for either his/her spouse or dependent.

Credit Union and Bank Services

All RTD employees are eligible to use the services of Credit Union of Denver and Wells Fargo Bank. Both institutions offer a wide variety of accounts, loan products and services, and have branches throughout the metro area.

Federal and State Required Programs

RTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all employment laws, including Affirmative Action and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). RTD participates in several programs required by federal and/or state law, including:

  • Family Medical Leave
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Unemployment Insurance.

Coverage is effective the first day of the month following 30 days of employment at RTD.


Compensation Philosophy

Pay at RTD will:

  • Consist of salary ranges determined by market data (external) and point factor analysis (internal). The objective of RTD is to set salary ranges that reflect the market value of each position, attract and retain the right talent to RTD, and recognize and reward results.
  • Be competitive with the external labor market both public & private. Our competitors in the marketplace are other transit agencies and Denver-metro employers with similar business functions that can be identified as our direct competitors for labor. We consider all the ways we compensate employees so that “total compensation” (base pay plus benefits) is competitive at similar performance levels.
  • Reward results. Individual pay decisions are based on an individual’s results and their current salary range.
  • Be affordable. The District’s Board of Directors approves an annual budget that funds employee compensation.

Our goal is to insure that all RTD employees be equitably compensated for assigned duties and responsibilities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, or sensory, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by local, state and federal law.

This salary administration program is applicable to all Regional Transportation District (RTD) non-represented employees. All RTD employees covered by this program may have access to their salary range and job description; however, requests for information about employee compensation should be referred to the Total Rewards Manager. RTD reserves the right to change or alter this salary administration program at any time.

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Paid time off (PTO) provides employees with paid time away from work that may be used for vacation, personal time, personal illness or time off to care for dependents. PTO must be scheduled in advance and have supervisory approval, except in the case of illness or emergency. For employees hired after 1/1/2012 and current employees that converted to PTO, the PTO policy takes the place of the previous sick and vacation plan.

PTO is earned on a bi-weekly basis and credited to an employee’s PTO bank two times per month. Eligibility to earn PTO is contingent on an employee having worked or utilized PTO during the pay period. PTO is not earned for pay periods when unpaid leave is taken or short or long term disability benefits are paid. PTO is not earned by temporary or contract employees.

0 to 2 Years of Service: 20 Days Per Year, 13.33 Hours Per Month, 160 Annual Accrual

3 to 5 Years of Service: 22 Days Per Year, 14.33 Hours Per Month, 176 Annual Accrual

6 to 9 Years of Service: 26 Days Per Year, 17.33 Hours Per Month, 208 Annual Accrual

10 to 14 Years of Service: 28 Days Per Year, 18.33 Hours Per Month, 224 Annual Accrual

15 to 19 Years of Service: 30 Days Per Year, 20.00 Hours Per Month, 240 Annual Accrual

20 or more: 32 Days Per Year, 21.33 Hours Per Month, 256 Annual Accrual

PTO should be scheduled as early as possibly in advance, according to department policy, and have supervisory approval, except in the case of illness or emergency. PTO taken in excess of the amount accrued will be without pay. If a former RTD employee is rehired within one year (365 days) of the original termination date, his or her PTO accrual rate will be calculated based on the total number of years of service including the previous employment period. Employees may carry over a maximum of two times their annual accrual each January 1.

Extended Inness Bank (EIB)

An extended illness bank is available for employees that are out ill more than three consecutive days. Once the three days have passed, with a doctor’s note, the employee will then begin using time from their Extended Illness Bank (EIB). Once the EIB has been exhausted the absences will again be counted as PTO. The maximum accrual in the EIB is 520 hours and EIB is not paid out at termination.

If an illness causes a staff member to be absent in excess of three consecutive days, a doctor’s release may be required before the staff member may return to work. This certificate should be submitted to the staff member’s supervisor and then forwarded to the Human Resources department.

Days Per Year: 4 days

Hours Per Month: 2.66 hours

Annual Accrual: 32 hours

Paid Holidays

As part of our policy of providing time off from work to spend with family and friends, RTD offers the following paid holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and 4 floating holidays (first 9 years of service = 4 floating holidays per year if hired by June 30th) and 5 floating holidays per year for 10+ years of service.

If hired on or after July 1, two floating holidays are available.

Bereavement Leave

Because it is important to be with family during difficult times, RTD offers employees up to three days of paid bereavement leave. The bereavement leave may be taken due to the death of an immediate family member, or a legal/contractual member of the employee's immediate family, or an individual who resides with the employee.

Professional Development

Tuition Reimbursement Program

RTD offers a tuition reimbursement program for employees who wish to improve their professional skills through continuing education. Employees can use the funding for course work, conferences, seminars or other development activities that improve the employee's skills or enhance his/her future contributions to RTD.

Job-Required Training

Employees can attend conferences and receive training specific to their jobs (including instruction required to maintain state licensing as prescribed by an employee's job description) through Job-Required Training. This training is provided by and/or paid by RTD.

Professional Affiliations and Organizational Memberships

RTD employees may be reimbursed fully or partially for memberships in several professional organizations that support a variety of transit- and business-related activities.

Managerial and Supervisory Knowledge and Skill Development

RTD’s L&OD team designs and facilitates multiple courses and provides one-on-one leadership coaching focused on developing RTD’ managers and supervisors.

Employee Development Classes

RTD’s L&OD team designs and facilitates multiple courses focused on the professional and personal development of all RTD employees.

Computer Software Training

RTD’s L&OD team offers multiple courses in our computer training lab. Courses range from beginner- to advanced-level training across a broad range of software.

Career Services

A variety of services—including career counseling, interviewing practice, resume assistance, career aptitude assessment and career self-assessments—are provided to RTD employees by the L&OD staff.

Job Advancement

RTD gives current employees priority consideration for advancement within RTD. All open positions are posted on department bulletin boards at all RTD locations for a one-week period.

Resource Center

RTD's Resource Center provides a wealth of information about health, behavior, personal development and more. Employees can check out books, videotapes, audio cassettes, magazines and manuals on topics such as time management, self-esteem and peak performance, goal setting, memory improvement, and many others.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL)

If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Personal Development


RTD's Wellness Rehabilitation program provides employees the opportunity to participate in the many wellness activities offered which encourage positive healthy lifestyle changes to improve personal health and wellness. Employees are provided educational materials, health presentations and specialized personal services that combine for a complete health and wellness approach in these areas: injury prevention, rehabilitation, stress management, fitness/rehabilitation, disease management, nutrition, health screenings, weight management and recreational activities.

Health Fairs

Once a year, RTD hosts a Health Fair at each facility where employees can pick up information on health topics such as nutrition, heart health, diabetes, vision and more. In addition, the RTD Wellness staff is on hand to perform health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body composition.

Bike Program

RTD provides bicycles and bike helmets at each RTD facility as a fitness alternative for employee use on work breaks and lunch hours.

In-House Workers' Compensation Rehabilitation Facility

A fully equipped rehabilitation facility is available for RTD employees who experience an on-the-job injury. Our Rehabilitation Services and Workers' Compensation Office coordinate with the physician on a prescribed therapy regimen and provides supervised physical and exercise therapy.