Connecticut state government salary
Connecticut state government salaries are the fifth highest public employee salaries in the country as of January 2012. As of early 2012, Connecticut monthly salaries for public workers averaged $5,038; yearly salaries averaged $60,456.
In 2012, the Greenwich Time published state government employee salaries for 2012. Connecticut public payroll information for the years 2007-2011 is also available online from the Yankee Institute for Public Policy.
According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Connecticut and local governments in the state employed a total of 227,433 people. Of those employees, 166,065 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $788,852,326 per month and 58,965 were part-time employees paid $76,572,375 per month. Approximately 62% of those employees, or 140,131 employees, were in education or higher education.
The state paid more than $230 million in overtime in FY 2010. In the first two months of FY 2011, the state incurred more than $42 million in overtime costs. In August 2011, the governor announced a directive that agencies reduce their overtime costs. Officials said an estimated 2,000 state workers — out of a workforce of more than 45,000 — made overtime amounting to at least half their regular pay during a one-month period.
Connecticut lawmakers created a database for state expenditures, which includes salaries. The database was developed by the Connecticut General Assembly under the direction of the Office of Fiscal Analysis, with data provided by the Office of the State Comptroller.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Lieutenant Governor||$75,583.53||Nancy Wyman|
|Attorney General||$70,532.39||George Jepsen|
In 2011, it was reported that two union negotiators were making more than the Governor. Salvatore Luciano, executive director of AFSCME Council 4, made $151,003 and Sharon Palmer, president of AFT Connecticut, made $150,165.
|Chief Justice||$176,261||Chase Rogers|
|Associate Justice||$171,512.07||Flemming Norcott|
|Associate Justice||$168,729.36||Richard Palmer|
|Associate Justice||$171,215.68||Dennis G. Eveleigh|
|Associate Justice||$175,488.55||Lubbie Harper|
|Associate Justice||$164,957.88||Peter Zarella|
|Associate Justice||$187,277.16||Ian McLachlan|
As of 2011, the average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.
As of 2011, the salary of Connecticut's associate justices ranked 17th among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $145,984.
Under the current system, teacher unions negotiate the contracts that include salary provisions with local boards of education. The contract controls the progression through the salary schedule. However, a legislative change to teacher salary negotiations proposed in 2012 would have based a teacher's salary schedule on teacher evaluations.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
Connecticut teachers are covered under the state Teachers Retirement System.
Paid days off
Eligible state employees, permanent full-time staff or part-time staff with benefits, are entitled to paid vacation time. Full-time employees are eligible to begin taking paid vacation after completing six months of service. Part-time employees, with benefits, can begin taking paid vacation after completing the equivalent of six months of full time service.
Employees accrue vacation leave at the following rate for each completed month of service (prorated, if part-time):
- 0-5 years of service: 1 day per month (12 days per year).
- 5-20 years: 1-1/4 days per month (15 days per year).
- 20 or more years: 1-2/3 days per month (20 days per year).
Permanent employees, and some part-time employees per labor contracts, are allowed three personal leave days per calendar year.
Permanent full-time employees and part-time employees with benefits are entitled to paid sick time. Sick leave accrues at the rate of 1 1/4 days for every full calendar month worked. In addition to illness or injury of the employee, sick leave may be used for medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside regular working hours; serious illness in the immediate family that requires the employee's presence (up to five (5) days per year for sick family); death in the immediate family; attending funerals of friends or relatives who are not part of the immediate family; or parental leave.
Each employee may take up to three days of sick leave per occasion per calendar year due to a death in the immediate family, including a spouse, parent, sibling, child or any relative who lives in the employee's household. Up to three days of sick leave per calendar year may be used to for going to, attending and returning from funerals of non-immediate family members or friends. Non-immediate family includes, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws.
If summoned to jury duty, an employee will receive his/her regular salary and benefits for any period of time he/she serves as a juror.
Regarding military leave, the state permits employees as many as three weeks in a calendar year for field training. Paid leave for military call-ups other than annual training is limited to unscheduled emergencies, subject to the provisions of the employee's union contract.
Full-time, permanent employees of the State of Connecticut receive 12 paid vacation days:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday
- Lincoln’s Birthday
- Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day)
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veteran’s Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
All state employees have the opportunity to select one of the approved health insurance plans at the time of hire and may extend health coverage to cover the employee's immediate family, spouse and unmarried children or same-sex domestic partner. The state generally pays 70% of this cost.
Other insurance options
- Employees may also elect to have dental coverage.
- Group life insurance is an option available to permanent employees.
- Short-term disability insurance is available to full-time, active employees.
- Long-term disability insurance is available to full-time, active employees.
- Automobile/homeowners insurance is available to full-time, active employees or retirees through a state-authorized vendor.
- Long-term health care insurance can be obtained by full-time, active employees and retirees.
- Full-time, active employees and retirees who want to supplement their life insurance coverage may purchase universal life insurance coverage.
Connecticut has allowed employees with at least ten years of service to retire at age 52 instead of 55.
The number of retired state employees collecting annual pensions of more than $100,000 increased from 175 people in 2008 to 299 people in 2009, according to an analysis by the Yankee Institute. Of those, 81 individuals received more than $120,000, or at least $10,000 a month.
State employees with less than five years of service must pay 3% of their salary toward a retiree health benefits trust fund.
- Top State Employee Salaries: 13 UConn and UConn Health Center Employees Earned More Than $500,000 In 2008, Capitol Watch, February 10, 2010
- Connecticut's Top State Employees, Yankee Institute for Public Policy, February 9, 2010
- Connecticut Sunlight payroll, 2007-2011 (dead link)
- Find the Data Connecticut public employee salaries
- Database: State worker salaries
- "Connecticut state employees making $100,000-plus salaries received food stamps after Hurricane Irene," State Integrity Investigation, December 8, 2011
- Connecticut state government employment opportunities
- Connecticut's state employee directory
- On The Money: California Public Employees Highest Paid Of Any, January 31, 2012
- State Employee Salaries 2012, GreenwhichTime
- Connecticut Sunlight payroll (dead link)
- 2007 Connecticut Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- Top Ten Highest Paid Avon Town and Public School Employees in 2010
- The Republican American "Malloy orders crackdown" Aug. 28, 2011 (dead link)
- The Hartford Courant "State Employees Reap $250M A Year In OT" Oct. 2, 2011
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data," accessed June12, 2012
- Transparency Connecticut, June 30, 2011
- Watchdog, Two union negotiators earn as much as CT Gov. Malloy, 27 earn six figures, May 9, 2011
- Judicial Department, March 30, 2011
- CT News Junkie, Teacher Unions Reluctant To Support Tenure, Collective Bargaining Changes, Feb. 22, 2012
- State of Connecticut Fringe Benefits
- Pew Center on the States "The Trillion Dollar Gap" Feb. 2010
- The Yankee Institute "$100k Pension Club Includes 299 State Retirees" June 29, 2010
- The Associated Press "A look at state pension changes" Sept. 15, 2010