The City of Lake Charles is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and complies with all federal and state employment laws and city ordinances. The City of Lake Charles offers a wide scope of benefits for its regular employees. Benefits are available to employees on the first of the month following 30 days of employment.

Paid Leaves

Regular employees earn annual leave based on a rate that varies from .0385 to .0770 per hour worked. Sick leave is accrued at a rate that can vary from .0462 to .0692 for each hour worked. These rates vary depending on years of continuous service. Employees receive 11 paid holidays per year.


Employees participate in the Municipal Retirement System of Louisiana. Employees contribute 5 percent of their gross salary and the city contributes 6.75 percent. A tax-deferred supplemental retirement plan is also available through Nationwide and Valic for employees to join on a voluntary basis. Police Department and Fire Department employees participate in their own retirement systems. Contributions vary from year to year. Secretaries in respective departments are available to answer any questions you might have. 

Credit Union

The City of Lake Charles has a credit union that is available for all city employees. Employees may use payroll deduction for deposits.

Health Benefits

An excellent medical plan is available free to city employees. Dependents may be added for a cost to the employee. Term Life insurance is included with the medical policy. Cancer, Vision, Universal Life, Short Term Disability, Dental and Accident insurances are available to employees on a voluntary basis. Enrollment is at time of employment or in November of each year.