Working at OU

The University of Oklahoma is one of Oklahoma's largest employers. It attracts leading faculty and staff from around the world. By joining the OU community, you become part of inspiring traditions, excellence everyday, and innovation and discovery for the future.



The university provides partial or fully paid coverage for the following programs. Employees can purchase spouse and child coverage.
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
  • Life Insurance

Employees can purchase these additional benefits through payroll deduction.
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent daycare
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Dependent AD&D Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
Learn more about insurance programs here. 


The university offers a valuable retirement package that includes investment savings, a defined benefit plan similar to a pension, and additional campus benefits.

University Contributions to Retirement Savings

The university offers benefit packages that automatically contribute to a 401(a) defined contribution plan for eligible employees. This is a retirement investment account and your benefit in retirement depends on the balance of your account.

Employee Savings

Employees can also save for their retirement by participating in the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System and the Voluntary 403(b) & 457(b) Retirement Savings Plans.

  1. Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS): Employees can choose to contribute a portion of their wages to OTRS each paycheck during their career. They will receive a defined monthly benefit in retirement for the remainder of their life. Participation in OTRS is available to benefits eligible salaried and hourly-paid employees.
  2. Voluntary 403(b) & 457(b) Retirement Savings Plans: Employees can choose to contribute a portion of their wages to one or both Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans. These are retirement investment accounts and your benefit in retirement depends on the balance of your account. Any employee can participate in the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans. 

Learn more about retirement planning and retirement benefits at OU. 

Paid Time Off & Holidays

Full-time benefits-eligible employees receive 14 paid holidays per year and 18-22 hours of paid time off (PTO) per month depending on their position. Paid time off may be used for vacation, personal illness, funeral attendance, illness of a family member, or other personal business.

Learn more about holidays and paid time off here.