Paid Leave


Regular full-time City of Portland employees accrue vacation time each pay period based on the employee's years of service with the city. Although new full-time employees begin accruing vacation time on their first day of employment, new employee is eligible to use accumulated paid leave upon successful completion of the introductory period. 

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at a rate of 3.69 hours per pay period. Annually, full-time city employees may cash in excess accumulated leave hours upon reaching specific thresholds. This policy is described more completely in the Personnel Policy Manual (link).


Regular full -time employees are paid the following holidays each year:

  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Friday before Easter
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • New Years Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving 
  • (1) Floating Holiday 

Paid Personal Time Off (PTO)

Effective October 1st of each year, full-time employees shall receive up to 5 working days of paid personal leave per fiscal year. However, during the calendar year in which a full-time employee is first hired, those full-time employees hired after March 31 will be eligible to receive 2 working days of paid personal leave. Accrued, unused personal days are forfeited at the end of the fiscal year and are not paid out at separation unless otherwise required by law.