Leave & Holidays

The County offers many types of leave to employees who receive a regular appointment and who are employed for 20 or more hours per week. Different rules apply depending on if you are a Classified employee, Management/Exempt employee, and/or if you are represented by a Union.

Holidays


The County observes 10 paid legal holidays. Regular Classified and Management/Exempt employees are eligible for paid legal holidays. Refer to Snohomish County Code Section 3A.06.020 for details.

Management & Exempt Employees

Management/Exempt employees are granted Leave with Pay based on months of employment, in accordance with Table 1 (shown below). The days that are granted during an employee’s first year of employment will be pro-rated based on their date of hire. Refer to Snohomish County Code Chapter 3.68 for details.

Table 1. Management/Exempt Employees Leave with Pay

Months County Service Completed Jan 1st Each Year

Current Earned Leave Entitlement Granted Per Year*

0 - 12 25 days
13 - 36 35 days
37+ 40 days**
* Exempt employees covered by LEOFF, reduced by 12 days.  
**Any employee hired prior to Jan 1, 1960 shall receive 45 days.  

Classified Employees


Regular classified employees are eligible for various types of leave:

  • Vacation Leave: Regular full-time employees (1.0 FTE) will accrue vacation leave based on the number of hours actually worked or while on paid leave status in accordance with Table 2 (shown below). Regular part-time employees will accrue vacation leave proportionately to the number of hours the employee is on regular pay status. Refer to Snohomish County Code Section 3A.06.050 for more details.
  • Sick Leave: Regular full-time employees (1.0 FTE) will accrue sick leave at the rate of one working day (8 hour maximum) for each full calendar month of employment. Regular part-time employees will accrue sick leave proportionately to the number of hours he or she is on regular pay status. Refer to Snohomish County Code Section 3A.06.040 for more details.
  • Floating Holidays: Regular full-time employees (1.0 FTE) receive 2 floating holidays each calendar year. Regular part-time employees receive floating holidays on a pro-rata basis. Employees hired after June 30th are eligible for 1 floating holiday during that calendar year. Refer to Snohomish County Code Section 3A.06.020 for more details.
  • Other leave types: Refer to Snohomish County Code Section 3A.06.060 to learn about other leave types including bereavement leave, military leave, jury duty, and education leave.
If you are represented by a Union, different leave policies may apply, than policies outlined in Snohomish County Code Section 3A.06. Refer to your Collective Bargaining Agreement for details. Most represented employees have the same vacation leave accruals provided in Table 1 (shown below). The vacation leave accruals that deviate from Table 2, are provided in Tables 3, 4, and 5 (shown below).

Table 2. Classified Employees - Vacation Leave Accrual Schedule

Length of Continuous Service

Monthly Accrual (hours)

Annual Accrual (hours)

Date of employment to end of 1st year 6.7072 80.49
Beginning of 2nd year to end of 2nd year 8.0347 96.42
Beginning of 3rd year to end of 5th year 10.0433 120.52
Beginning of 6th year to end of 9th year 12.0520 144.62
Beginning of 10th year to end of 11th year 14.0607 168.73
Beginning of 12th year to end of 13th year 14.7244 176.69
Beginning of 14th year to end of 15th year 15.4056 184.87
Beginning of 16th year to end of 17th year 16.0693 192.83
Beginning of 18th year to end of 24th year 16.7331 200.80
Beginning of 25th year and thereafter 18.7417 224.90

Table 3. Sheriff's Office Management Team - Vacation Leave Accrual Schedule

Length of Continuous Service

Vacation Hours Accrued Per Year Worked

Days Per Year

6th through 9th years 144 18
10th and 11th years 168 21
12th and 13th years 176 22
14th and 15th years 184 23
16th and 17th years 192 24
18th through 23rd years 200 25
24th year through 25th year 224 28
26th year and beyond 240 30

Table 4. Deputy Sheriff's Association - Vacation Leave Accrual Schedule

Length of Continuous Service

Vacation Hours Accrued Per Year Worked

Days Per Year

1st year 80 10
2nd year 96 12
3rd through 5th years 120 15
6th through 9th years 144 18
10th and 11th years 168 21
12th and 13th years 176 22
14th and 15th years 184 23
16th and 17th years 192 24
18th years through 24th years 200 25
25 years and beyond 224 28

Table 5. Airport Fire Fighters - Vacation Leave Accrual Schedule

Period Covered

Total Annual Vacation Hours

Date of employment to 1st anniversary (1st year) 84.15
Date of 1st anniversary to 2nd anniversary (2nd year) 100.8
Date of 2nd anniversary to 5th anniversary (3rd - 5th years) 126
Date of 5th anniversary to 9th anniversary (6th - 9th years) 151.2
Date of 9th anniversary to 11th anniversary (10th - 11th years) 176.5
Date of 11th anniversary  to 13th anniversary (12th - 13th years) 184.7
Date of 13th anniversary to 15th anniversary (14th - 15th years) 193.3
Date of 15th anniversary to 17th anniversary (16th - 17th years) 201.6
Date of 17th anniversary and thereafter 209.9
Note: The information on this page is in summary form and contains only a brief description of leave benefits, and is subject to change. If there is ever any discrepancy between this information and Snohomish County Code Chapter 3A.06Snohomish County Code Chapter 3.68and/or applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements - the official documents will always govern.