Georgia state government salary

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This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that Georgia's public employees receive from state and local government.

The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts has posted public employee salaries and travel expenses. It is broken down by organization type, then specific organization, then specific title or position.

New governmental website Open Georgia is a gateway for obtaining information about how the state spends tax dollars, and includes payroll information.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Georgia state legislators earned $17,342 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $173 per day, set by the Legislative Services Committee.[1][2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Official
Governor $139,339[4] Nathan Deal
Lieutenant Governor $91,609 Casey Cagle
Secretary of State $123,636 Brian Kemp
Attorney General $137,791 Sam Olens
Treasurer $130,927 Steve McCoy

As of 2008, the salary of Georgia's governor ranked 21st among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[5]

Judicial salaries

Georgia judicial salaries[6]
Position '08 salary Justice
Chief Justice $167,210 Carol Hunstein
Associate Justice $167,210 Robert Benham
Associate Justice $167,210 David Nahmias
Presiding Justice $167,210 Keith Blackwell
Associate Justice $167,210 Hugh Thompson
Associate Justice $167,210 Harris Hines
Associate Justice $167,210 Harold Melton

As of 2010, the salary of Georgia's chief justice ranked 15th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.[6]

As of 2010, The salaries of Georgia's associate justices ranked 12th 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.[6]

State and local government employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Georgia and local governments in the state employed a total of 604,002 people. Of those employees, 498,404 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $1,728,268,497 per month and 105,598 were part-time employees paid $110,993,986 per month. More than 55% of those employees, or 354,531 employees, were in education or higher education.[7]

In December 2010, then-Governor-elect Nathan Deal said that the state work force of 104,000 employees was too large and he believed its size should be reduced.[8]


State employees earn 120 hours of sick leave annually and 120 to 168 hours of vacation leave, depending on the length of state service. Employees receive 12 paid holidays per year.[9]

Holidays Full-time, permanent employees of the state received the following paid holidays in 2010:[10]:

  • New Year's Day
  • Robert E. Lee's Birthday (actual in January, observed in 2010 on November 26)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Confederate Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


Main article: Georgia public pensions

Employee and employer contributions are paid into the retirement fund for the welfare of the members and their beneficiaries. All benefits are paid from this fund. Service retirement requirements are: (1) age 60 with at least ten years of creditable service; (2) 25 years of service and under age 60; or (3) 30 years of service at any age. Various monthly benefit options are available upon retirement. Full-time employees participate in the Employees' Retirement Plan (dead link).[9]


Optional insurance available to employees[9]

  • Legal insurance: State employees who have planned legal needs or desire assistance with unforeseen legal events have the option of choosing legal insurance.
  • Long-term and short-term disability insurance: State employees have the option of choosing long-term and/or short-term insurance to provide income protection against the unexpected.
  • Long-term care insurance: This plan is offered to state employees and some family members and covers a wide range of personal care, health and social services for those who suffer from chronic disease or long-lasting disability.

Other benefits

  • The Employee Assistance Program offers a confidential counseling program through a professional counseling service that is geared to assist employees and their family members with personal and family problems, as well as issues that interfere with an employee’s job performance or family life.[9]
  • Employees are eligible to become members of the State Employees Credit Union. The credit union offers a variety of financial services, including checking and savings accounts, personal, home and auto loans, credit cards and check cards.[9]

Helpful links


  1. National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
  2. NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data," accessed June12, 2012
  3. The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
  4. The Council of State Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.3
  5. ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008” (dead link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
  7. 2008 Georgia Public Employment U.S. Census Data
  8. The Atlanta Journal Constitution "Deal: State government workforce too big" Dec. 16, 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Employee Benefits
  10. State Holidays