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Connecticut state government salary

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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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

The Human Resources Director for Avon, Connecticut released a list of the Top Ten Highest Paid Town and Public School Employees in 2010.[5]

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.[6][7]

Salary database

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.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Connecticut state legislators earned $28,000 per year. As of 2012, legislators did not receive a per diem.[8][9]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[10]
Office '11 salary Official
Governor $92,591.35 Dannel Malloy
Lieutenant Governor $75,583.53 Nancy Wyman
Attorney General $70,532.39 George Jepsen
Treasurer $128,683.39 Denise Nappier

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.[11]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Connecticut judicial salaries[12]
Position '11 salary Justice
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.[12]

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.[12]

Teacher salaries

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.[13]

Teacher salaries[14]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$40,079 $66,152

Connecticut teachers are covered under the state Teachers Retirement System.


Vacation time

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.[15]

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).[15]

Personal days

Permanent employees, and some part-time employees per labor contracts, are allowed three personal leave days per calendar year.[15]

Sick leave

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.[15]

Funeral 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.

Other leave

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:[15]

  • 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


Health Insurance

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.[15]

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.[15]


Connecticut has allowed employees with at least ten years of service to retire at age 52 instead of 55.[16]

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.[17]

State employees with less than five years of service must pay 3% of their salary toward a retiree health benefits trust fund.[18]

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