Your Total Rewards

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Cornell understands that different individuals have different needs and concerns when it comes to salary, benefits, and rewards. That's why we’ve created a program that is comprehensive and flexible to meet your needs, whether that’s for family growth and protection, getting the most value for your salary deductions, or planning for your short-term and long-term future.

Cornell takes pride in our people and our Total Rewards. Check out the top reasons Cornell University is an award-winning employer of choice.

Top 10 Benefits Cornell Employees Love




  • Generous time-off benefits, including a paid winter break
  • Leave to care for loved ones or for your own medical condition 

Staff-specific benefits include:

  • Paid time off:
    • 13 holidays per year, including 6 days of paid winter break
    • 15 vacation days per year
    • 12 health & personal days per year
    • NYPFL @67% for 12 weeks
  • Short Term Disability for your own condition: 26 weeks at 50% salary and long term disability at 60% 


  • Affordable cost-sharing:  Cornell pays for approximately 90% of the cost of individual plan premiums and 75% of family plan premiums
  • Comprehensive health, prescription, dental, vision, and mental health benefits to suit your personal needs
  • Access to a variety of fertility and family planning benefits
  • Cost-free counseling through both an internal and an external employee assistance program




  • In many Cornell retirement plans, you control the investments for your future with free consultation with professionals
  • Endowed employees: Cornell contributes 10% of your annual pay into retirement savings
  • Contract College employees: Choose between the NYS pension plan or the SUNY Optional Retirement Program, where Cornell matches 8-10% of salary with the required contribution by an individual




  • Up to $74,000/year in taxable free tuition toward a degree at Cornell through the Employee Degree Program
  • Financial aid for coursework at Cornell or elsewhere while you work
  • Online courses and certificates through eCornell for just $100/course




  • Flexible work arrangements incorporating scheduling, remote, hybrid, and other options (as appropriate to job)
  • Free individual fitness, nutritional, and general health consultations, plus free wellness programs
  • Workplace accommodations for disabilities and other temporary and permanent needs
  • Access to Cornell's six campus fitness facilities for a nominal fee




  • Mentoring, coaching, and hands-on learning programs and opportunities
  • Professional development workshops and skills training
  • Free, unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning and Skillsoft online courses




  • A caring, friendly on-campus and local community
  • Colleague Network Groups for men & women of color, LGBTQ+, disabilities, veterans,  and young professional
  • Ongoing employee events, activities, and appreciation throughout the year, plus employee support groups
  • Numerous volunteer opportunities, including employee assembly and committees




  • Onsite childcare and lactation/breastfeeding support
  • Grants for childcare (up to $5,000/year based on income) and adoption assistance (up to $5,000/adoption)
  • Children's tuition scholarship: 50% of tuition/admin fees at Cornell or 30% at other universities for children of Cornell employees (waiting period may apply)




  • Free TCAT bus service and free parking lot (A-Lot)
  • Library borrowing privileges, including free audiobooks and streaming video services
  • Discounted meals at on-campus dining facilities
  • Discounted pet care at the world-class Cornell University Hospital for Animals
  • Corporate discounts including cell phone service, car rentals, and other personal purchases




  • Free basic life insurance coverage provided by Cornell; ability to purchase additional coverage for self, spouse, or children
  • Discounted rates for optional insurance coverage including personal accident, house, auto, pet, and legal
  • Over 150 years of institutional stability, providing employment through wars, recessions, pandemics, and more


NOTE: This list is only the beginning - many other benefits and perks are available to Cornell employees! Please note that eligibility for some of the benefits described here may depend on the type of job you hold, location, and your salary level. Visit the  Benefits Eligibility section to learn more.



Jobs at Cornell

Cornell is proud to offer competitive salaries, based on a combination of education, skills, experience, and qualifications as they relate to the position being filled, as well as pay equity and related market data.

Job Structure

Cornell has approximately 600 staff job profiles that are organized into 14 job families (for example, academic support, finance, IT, student support, health) across 9 pay bands (A through I). Each staff position is placed into a job profile classification within this structure based on the required qualifications and complexity of work.

compass iconCheck out our job profiles and pay ranges

Use the Career Navigator tool.  Search for a job family that interests you and explore our generic job descriptions; pay ranges can be found at the bottom of each description.  (note: the information in Career Navigator is generic and pay ranges are approximate and vary depending on job and experience)


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