Although they vary sharply across companies, employee benefits are designed to add value to an overall compensation
package. Typically, they include things like vacation time, sick days, health and drug plans, disability benefits, life insurance, and retirement plans.
If you're lucky, they might also include items like a car or gas allowance, child-care, employee discounts, education assistance, legal assistance, gym memberships, etc.
But many people find it difficult to place a value on their
benefits, preferring instead to focus on salary since it's immediate and tangible.
After all, you can't eat benefits and who says you'll even need glasses down the road?