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Staff and Faculty Benefits

Pepperdine offers a suite of benefits for all active, regularly assigned, full-time staff and faculty (non-adjunct) employees. Some exceptions exist for both part-time staff and faculty. Contact Human Resources for details.


Employee Benefits


Pepperdine offers a wide range of health insurance plans options, all available at little or no cost to employees and their families.

Health Insurance Provider Options: Aetna Value Network HMO, Aetna Broad HMO, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice (High Deductible), and Kaiser Permanente HMO

Dental Insurance Provider Options: Delta Dental PPO and DeltaCare USA HMO

Vision Insurance Provider Options: VSP Choice Vision Care Plan

Also available: Health Advocate and Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Group Term Life Insurance, Supplemental Term Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Business Travel Accidental Death Insurance, a Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, and voluntary MetLife Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and prepaid Legal plans


Pepperdine has partnered with a leading financial institution to help its employees save for retirement by contributing into their 403b accounts (similar to 401k, but for nonprofit organizations). Pepperdine generously contributes 4.0% to each eligible employee automatically and further matches employees' contributions up to 6.0% of their salary. Note: Employer contributions are only for employees 26 years of age or older with at least one year of creditable service at the University.

Retirement Plan Provider: Transamerica

 Time Off & Leave

Pepperdine staff employees accrue vacation and sick leave based on their status (full-time vs. part-time) and years of service to the University. Faculty candidates, please contact Human Resources for time off and leave details.

Paid sick leave for full-time employees: 10 days per year for the first 5 years; 20 days after 5 years

Paid vacation leave for full-time employees: 10 days per year for the first 5 years; 15 days after 5 years; 20 days after 15 years

Paid holidays: 13 days per year, which includes one full week at Christmas. Employees additionally receive 2 floating holidays each calendar year after completing 6 months of continuous service.

 Tuition Remission

Employees and members of their immediate family are eligible to receive tuition remission from Pepperdine academic programs, as well as reciprocal universities around the country.


Both staff and faculty have access to the extensive activities, facilities, and resources Pepperdine has to offer. These include:

  • Libraries & Databases
  • Gym, Weight Room, & Locker Room
  • Track & Sports Fields
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Tennis Courts
  • Campus Cafeterias
  • Free Parking (limited on some campuses)

 Campus Discounts

Employees can expect a discount on most items for sale in each of the campus bookstores, discounts and free tickets to Pepperdine athletics contests, as well as discounts given by local merchants.

 Professional Development

Pepperdine is dedicated to the growth and development of all University employees and is proud to offer training courses through our Professional Development Series. Some courses are presented by Pepperdine employees and seek to facilitate business at Pepperdine; others are designed to address relevant workplace issues and are presented by experts in the field.

 Wellness Program

Pepperdine University offers the Wellness Program as an additional service and educational opportunity to faculty, staff and students. The programs are designed to enhance health awareness, motivate actions to change lives, create environments that support good health practices, and prevent illness, injury and disability.

 Counseling Benefit

Employees are also eligible to receive counseling services through Health Advocate.