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Florida state government salaries are available online and data is refreshed every Monday, according to In March 2011, Gov. Rick Scott's office launched a website,, that provides access to frequently requested public records and other information, including a state employee salary database and a list of state pensions benefits that exceed $100,000.[1][2]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Florida and local governments in the state employed a total of 1,049,028 people. Of those employees, 832,252 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $3,302,955,436 per month and 216,776 were part-time employees paid $213,151,877 per month. More than 51% of those employees, or 539,321 employees, were in education or higher education.[3]

The FY 2013 budget, signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 17, 2012, marks the sixth year that state government employees have not received a raise.[4][5]

As of 2010, the state employees earning the most money were:[6]

Name Department Total pay
Frank Brogan Department of Education $509,999
Eric Smith Department of Education $338,618
Consuelo Lim Department of Corrections $277,217
John Abu Department of Health $266,475

According to the website, there were 151,224 employees on the state payroll in 2010, earning a total of $7,269,694,585 and an average salary of $48,072.[6]

Subset of employees # of employees in subset Total compensation of subset Average compensation of subset
All Records 151,224 $7,269,694,585 $48,072
Earning $50k or more 65,601 $4,716,758,522 $71,901
Earning $75k or more 18,190 $1,895,315,575 $104,195
Earning $100k or more 7,091 $950,526,094 $134,047
Earning $125k or more 3,371 $540,105,898 $160,221
Earning $150k or more 1,925 $343,906,380 $178,653
Earning $175k or more 1,162 $221,079,726 $190,258

2009 state budget and impact on salaries

On May 27, 2009, then-Governor Charlie Crist signed into law a $66.5 billion budget, an increase in government spending of $1.5 billion over the previous fiscal year. Crist also vetoed a 2% pay cut to all state employees earning over $45,000 per year. The measure would have affected nearly 28,000 employees and saved the state over $25 million.[7]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State government employee salaries - executive branch
Office '08 salary[8] '10 salary[9] Official
Governor $132,931 $130,273[10] Rick Scott
Lieutenant Governor $124,851 $124,851 Jennifer Carroll
Secretary of State $120,000 $120,000 Ken Detzner
Attorney General $131,604 $128,972 Pam Bondi
Chief of Staff $147,055.80 Adam Hollingsworth[11]
Deputy Chief of Staff $120,000 Doug Darling, Carrie O’Rourke, Jenn Peter Ungru
Press Secretary $85,000.08 Karen Giorno
Deputy Press Secretary $75,000 Brian Burgess
Chief Inspector General $115,000.08 Melinda Miguel
Deputy Inspector General $100,000 Dawn Case
Treasurer $131,604 $128,972 Jeff Atwater
Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement $128,749.92 Gerald Bailey
Assistant Commissioner, FDLE $128,112.92 Kenneth Tucker
Assistant Commissioner, FDLE $124,381.40 Mark Zadra

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Florida state legislators made $29,687 per year.[12]

The Florida State Legislature meets in regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each year. A regular session may last 60 consecutive calendar days, including Saturdays and Sundays, and may be extended by a three-fifths vote of the members in each legislative house. As of 2010, legislators received a $133 per day per diem, which was earned based on the number of days in session. Travel vouchers were required to substantiate.[13][14]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
State government employee salaries - judicial branch[15]
Position '09 salary Justice
Associate Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 Peggy Quince
Associate Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 Fred Lewis
Associate Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 James Perry
Associate Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 Jorge Labarga
Associate Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 Barbara Pariente
Associate Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 Charles Canady
Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court $157,976 Ricky Polston

As of 2010, Florida associate justices' salaries ranked 19th in the nation. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $145,984.[15]

Local government employees

Main article: Florida local government salary

In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.

Teacher salaries

Florida teacher salaries are established by individual schools and school districts. Salary increases are based upon degree level and years of experience. In March 2011, Governor Scott signed into law a bill that would link teacher pay to classroom performance. The law established a statewide teacher evaluation and merit pay system by 2014, did away with tenure for new teachers hired after July 1, 2011 and the use of long-term contracts. It also eliminated teachers’ due process and collective bargaining rights.[16]

Teacher salaries[17]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$34,605 $46,921

The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released its 2011 State of the State of Florida report, which ranked teacher's salaries 37th in the nation. Furthermore, it found that over the last decade, public school teacher salaries in Florida have dropped and keep dropping. While the country's average salaries for public school teachers increased 3.5% over the last decade, Florida's was down 0.3%. The nation's average one-year increase from FY 2009 to 2010 was 1.7% while Florida's was -0.5%. The report from the FCFEP compared Florida's education, poverty rate, tax policies and health services to other states. Their ranking of teacher salaries was based on a December 2010 report from the National Education Association.[18]

Other highlights from the FCFP report include:[19]

  • About 2.7 million Floridians live below the poverty line, including 850,000 with children. The number of Floridians living in poverty increased 550,000 in two years.
  • Third highest unemployment rate in the nation at 11.5%
  • Third worst child health care system in the nation


All full-time employees of the state receive benefits on top of their salaries, including health care and life insurance. Additional benefits such as dental coverage are available at reduced costs.[20]

Time off

Full-time employees of the state receive vacation based on years of employment.

  • Less than 5 years: 8.667 hours a month
  • 5-10 years: 10.883 hours a month
  • Over 10 years: 13 hours a month.

All full-time employees receive 8.667 hours of sick leave per month, usable for personal or family illness. Other reasons for paid leave include:

  • Jury Duty
  • Voting
  • Disaster Service Volunteers
  • Death of Immediate Family
  • State Office Building Closure

The official paid holidays for state offices are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

In addition, each employee can designate one day a year as a personal holiday.


Health insurance

Employees can choose between a state group health self-insurance plan, or several different HMOs. Dental insurance is also available at a reduced rate. Employees also have access to the Flexible Spending Accounts Program.

Life insurance is provided at a discount for 1.5 times the base salary for regular employees. Senior management and select exempt service employees receive life insurance at no cost for 2 times their base salaries.


Main article: Florida public pensions

Additional reading

External links


  1. State of Florida Employee Salaries
  2. Dayton Beach News Journal, Gov. Scott posts state employees' salaries / March 18, 2011
  3. 2008 Florida Public Employment U.S. Census Data
  4. The Miami Herald "Scott signs $69.9B Florida budget, vetoes $142.7M" April 17, 2012 (dead link)
  5. The Miami Herald "Scott signs $69.9B Florida budget, vetoes $142.7M" March 10, 2012 (dead link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 FloridaOpenGov, 2010 State Payroll
  7. The South Florida Sun Sentinel "Florida Gov. Crist signs $66.5 billion budget; blocks 2 percent state employee pay cut" May 27, 2009
  8. ‘‘How Much Do State Employees Make?’’
  9. The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
  10. The Council of State Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.3
  11. Huffington Post, "Adam Hollingsworth Steps In As Rick Scott's Chief Of Staff," August 5, 2012
  12. National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
  13. [1]
  14. NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data," accessed June12, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
  16. FCIR, Despite controversy Florida moves forward with teacher merit pay, Nov. 22, 2011
  17. [2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z%20TO%202012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z
  18. Broward Palm Beach News Times, Florida Public School Teachers' Salaries Among Lowest In The Nation, March 29, 2011
  19. Broward Palm Beach News Times, Florida Public School Teachers' Salaries Among Lowest In The Nation, March 29, 2011
  20. State of Florida Employee Benefits (dead link)