This page is designed to provide a basic overview of the major benefits available to MU Extension faculty and staff. For specific information about any of the benefits available, visit the University of Missouri System Total Rewards Benefits page. For assistance, contact the MU Extension HR office at 573-882-2146 or by email at

All employees

Statutory benefits applicable to all employees

Under federal and state law, certain forms of employment-related benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, unemployment compensation and workers' compensation, are provided to all employees.

Additional benefits available to non-benefit eligible employees

In addition to statutory benefits, non-benefit eligible employees of MU Extension might be eligible to participate in specific benefit programs, including medical insurance and voluntary retirement plans.

For a summary, see the Benefit summary flyer for faculty and staff (PDF).

Benefit-eligible employees

Detailed information about benefits available to benefit-eligible MU Extension faculty and staff is available through the UM System Total Rewards Benefits office. The content below provides basic information about the major categories of benefits, but specific questions should be pursued through the benefits office.

Retirement plans

The University of Missouri provides both core retirement plans for benefit eligible employees and voluntary retirement savings plans that are available to both benefit eligible and non-benefit eligible employees.

Insurance plans

Benefit-eligible employees may participate in a variety of insurance plans sponsored by the University, including health insurance, dental, insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance and long term disability insurance.

Other benefits and services available

In addition to retirement and insurance benefits, benefit-eligible employees have access to other services, including the Employee Assistance Program, Service Awards, Tuition/Educational Assistance and the Wellness Program.

For more, see Benefits plus (PDF).


Retired employees of MU Extension may continue participation in many of the insurance and other benefit programs available to active employees. However, participation may be limited or available on different terms than apply to active employees. For specific information on retiree benefits, see

Extension Retiree Recognition

Extension Retiree Recognition applies to all University paid staff and faculty with a home department in Extension (per MU HR Peoplesoft) and with an effective date of July 1, 2017 or after.  For information regarding the policy, see retiree recognition.