Benefits & Advantages

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At Bank of America, our most important asset is our people. Our benefits programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees at every stage of their life and help them plan for tomorrow.

Health & Insurance Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible family. Life and disability insurance options provide income replacement in the event of serious injury or death.

Our health plans focus on wellness and helping employees learn more about their own health to save money in the long run. Through this focus on wellness, our covered employees and dependents have access to tools like healthy lifestyle coaching to support a healthier life. Employees can contribute to tax-favored health care accounts to help manage out-of-pocket health care costs. To help, the bank may also contribute to eligible employees' health care accounts.


Bank of America offers medical plans that are easy to understand and delivers valuable features to help manage health care costs by focusing on wellness. All of our plans include the predictability of an annual deductible, security of an out-of-pocket maximum and coverage for eligible medical services, such as doctor's office visits, specialist care or a hospital stay, as well as a prescription drug plan.


To help employees maintain a healthy lifestyle, we offer voluntary wellness programs, along with rewards and incentives.


We offer dental plans that provide coverage for preventive care, basic care — such as fillings and extractions — and major care, including crowns, dentures and bridges.


Our vision plans cover eye exams, eyeglass lenses, frames and contact lenses.

Parental Leave

We offer 16 paid weeks of parental leave (and 10 unpaid weeks) for mothers or fathers to care for and bond with their newborn or adopted child.

Health Care Accounts

Health care accounts help our employees manage out-of-pocket costs by setting pretax money aside from their paycheck to use for eligible health care expenses. For eligible employees, the bank may also contribute to these accounts.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

This account allows employees to contribute pretax dollars to pay for eligible out-of-pocket dependent care expenses such as child care or elderly adult care.

Associate Basic Life Insurance

Employees are provided with bank-paid basic life insurance.

Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Our employees may purchase Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for themselves, their spouse/domestic partner and their children, up to certain limits. AD&D insurance pays a benefit if an employee (or a covered family member) becomes paralyzed, dismembered or dies as the result of an accident.

Performance-Based Compensation

In addition to base salary, incentive awards are designed to reward eligible employees for company, line of business and individual results. Eligibility of incentive awards vary by role and line of business.

Life Management Benefits

Bank of America’s comprehensive Life Management programs are designed to assist employees with many of life’s challenges and opportunities:

Parental Leave

After working one year for Bank of America, employees can take up to 16 weeks of paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave. Our parental leave gives employees the flexibility to take time when it works for their family, within 12 months after a new child arrives.

Adoption Reimbursement

Reimburses up to $8,000 per adopted child upon legal adoption for eligible employees.

Back-Up Care

Provides each employee family an allowance of 25 days each for child care (center based or in-home) and 25 days for adult care when their primary caregiver is temporarily unavailable during work hours (such as vacation or sickness). Center-based care is available for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. In-home care is available for children and adults of all ages.

Benefits Education and Planning Center

Provides employees with unlimited one-on-one financial, retirement and benefits planning with an experienced financial counselor at no cost.

Child Care Reimbursement

Helps pay for childcare expenses incurred while working by reimbursing you up to $240 per month, per child for income-eligible employees.

Tuition Reimbursement

Bank of America reimburses eligible employees up to $5,250 for job-related courses or to fulfill a job-related degree program.


A free, confidential resource and referral program offering practical advice and support to help employees and their families manage work and personal responsibilities, including financial and parenting advice and helping find child- and elder-care resources.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

A voluntary, confidential service to help employees and their families deal with family problems, job-related issues, stress and other situations.

Retirement Benefits

Whether our employees are just starting out or well along the way to planning for retirement, Bank of America offers retirement benefits and the tools and resources to help employees meet their future financial goals.

Our retirement benefits focus on the 401(k) plan, which gives employees control in managing their retirement savings by allowing them to choose how their money is invested. The plan is funded through your payroll pre-tax and/or Roth contributions, and after one year of service, the bank adds to employee accounts through:

  • Matching contributions of up to 5% of eligible compensation
  • An annual company contribution of 2% or 3% of eligible compensation, based on your years of vesting service

In addition, we offer tools and resources — available online and through personalized one-on-one conversations with a financial counselor — to help manage 401(k) accounts, as well as overall retirement plans.


Not all employees are eligible to participate in all benefit programs. The terms and conditions of the benefits described above are governed by written benefit plans and/or other documents. The above stated description of benefits is intended as a summary and for informational purposes only; this document does not create a contract between the company and any employee or potential employee. Bank of America reserves the right to amend or terminate any benefit plan in its sole discretion at any time for any reason.

Time Away

Bank of America offers employees a range of paid and unpaid leave options for taking the time they need away from work (some programs require one year of continuous service to be eligible):

Time Off

Provides employees with both paid and unpaid time off from work for illness, vacation, holidays and other personal reasons (includes leave of absence policies).

Parental Leave

After working one year for the bank, employees can take up to 16 weeks of paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Purchased Time Off

Gives an employee the flexibility to purchase additional hours of personal time away from work that is available after regular vacation time is used. Manager approval is required.

Short-term Disability

Provides partial income replacement if an employee is unable to work for more than seven consecutive calendar days, due to a qualifying disability, up to 26 weeks.

Long-term Disability

Provides partial income replacement if an employee is unable to work due to a qualifying disability. Additional coverage can be purchased.

Employee Financial Services

As a Bank of America employee, you have access to a full range of Bank of America products, and services with preferred pricing and employee discounts. You can also take advantage of Merrill Lynch investment products and resources to pursue your financial goals at every stage of your life.

You may know that as a Bank of America employee, you can enjoy all the same products and services as our customers and clients.  You also have unique and special access to discounts and rewards programs. 

The Employee Financial Services team provides the guidance, tools and products to help improve your financial well-being.

Your short-term and long-term financial goals may change over time. That’s why it’s important for you to know about everything Employee Financial Services has to offer – from everyday banking to home loans, car loans, investments and more.



Obtaining products or services from Bank of America or Merrill Lynch or affiliates is not required and is not a condition of your employment.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Incorporated (MLPF&S) offers its products, accounts and services through different service models (for example self-directed and full-service advice).

Employee Financial Services is offered through Bank of America and MLPF&S.

Merrill Edge is available through MLPF&S, and consists of the Merrill Edge Advisory Center (investment guidance) and self-directed online investing.

MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp.").


Flexible Work Arrangements

You may be able to take advantage of a work arrangement that gives you flexibility in balancing your life and work schedules. Flexible work arrangements are mutually agreed upon by a manager and an employee.

Work Arrangement Options

  • My Work®: A flexible work location program for certain employees, which provides the opportunity to work from the office or from home.  
  • FlexTime and Compressed Workweeks: A program that offers employees a flexible option to alter starting and/or departure times, or condense a full-time workweek into fewer days, and job responsibilities for a specific need.
  • Select Time: A program that reduces an employee's work schedule and job responsibilities for a specific need
  • Job Sharing: A program that allows two non-overtime-eligible employees to share the responsibilities of one job. For example, two employees can share one full-time job and each work 20 hours a week.