Employee Compensation & Benefits


The City of Moscow is committed to paying employees fairly. Our philosophy is to remain competitive with regional rates for like positions and we survey our salaries on a regular basis to ensure we’re meeting that commitment. New employees with limited experience are typically hired at the the starting rate assigned to grade of their position, however if increased experience warrants it, starting rates may be higher.

Medical Benefits

The City of Moscow offers a generous benefits package covering medical, dental, vision, and more. Other coverage includes annual contributions to employees through a robust Voluntary Employee Benefit Account Plan, options for Flexible Spending Accounts for both medical and childcare expenses as well as a free Employee Assistance Program.

Vacation & Sick Leave

Our vacation and sick leave pay is generous. New employees earn 12 days of sick and 12 days of vacation per year and the longer you’re with us, the more vacation days you’ll earn, up to 27 days per year.  


The City of Moscow also observes 11 paid holidays including New Year’s Day, Idaho Human Rights Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day following Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Each employee is also given a personal day to use at their discretion for a total of 11 paid holidays.

Student Loan Assistance

Interested in student loan forgiveness? The City of Moscow is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. This program provides for forgiveness of remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments are made while working full-time for a qualifying employer.  

Retirement Benefits

In Idaho, public servants can take advantage of one of the best pension plans in the nation. The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) provides retirement, disability, survivor and other benefits to public service employees across the State. These benefits are extremely generous and are supplemented further by the option of the PERSI Choice 401K Plan that is also offered by the state.