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Idaho state government salary

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

Information from 2005 about Idaho's state salaries is available here.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Idaho state legislators earned $16,116 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $122 per day for members establishing second residence in Boise, $49 per day if no second residence is established and up to $25 per day travel, set by the Compensation Commission.[1][2]

Some legislators increase their pension payments by taking administrative positions after they serve, which converts their pension payments from the legislator payout to a full-time employee's payout.[3]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[4]
Office '10 salary Official
Governor $115,348[5] Butch Otter
Lieutenant Governor 30,400 Brad Little
Secretary of State $93,756 Ben Ysursa
Attorney General $103,984 Lawrence Wasden
Treasurer $93,756 Ron G. Crane

As of 2008, the salary of Idaho's governor ranked 39th 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.[6]

Judicial salaries

Idaho judicial salaries[7]
Position '09 salary Justice
Associate Justice $121,006 Daniel Eismann
Chief Justice $119,506 Roger Burdick
Associate Justice $119,506 Jim Jones
Associate Justice $119,506 Warren Jones
Associate Justice $119,506 Joel Horton

As of 2010, the salary of Idaho's chief justice ranked 46th 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.[7]

As of 2010, the salaries of Idaho's associate justices ranked 46th 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.[7]

State and local employees

The FY 2012 state budget did not include raises for any state employees.[8]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Idaho and local governments in the state employed a total of 102,779 people. Of those employees, 71,643 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $249,485,783 per month and 31,136 were part-time employees paid $23,808,761 per month. More than 53% of those employees, or 55,339 employees, were in education or higher education.[9]

In 2010, the Idaho Department of Administration reported that public employees wages were usually behind market jobs, but that public employees received a much larger benefit package. The report recommended a 3% increase in public employee pay, merit-based, and a reduction in employee benefits. The plan was expected to cost $34.2 million.[10]

Teacher salaries

The state of Idaho provides funds to local school districts, which in turn pay teachers their salaries. In March 2012, the Idaho Senate unanimously backed a major change to the 2011 “Students Come First” school reform law that required approximately $35 million in cuts each year to the teacher salary funds to pay for the reform plan’s technology boosts and teacher merit-pay bonus program. The bill would eliminate all the cuts in teacher salary funds. The state still would be required to fund the technology boosts, including phasing in laptop computers for every high school student, and the merit-pay plan, but it wouldn’t be required to cut teacher salary funds to do it.[11]

In 2012, the Idaho House sought to cut state income taxes by $35 million as opposed to restoring teacher salary funds.[12]

Teacher salaries[13]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$31,581 $48,638

State employee benefits

State employees receive many benefits.


State employees who work 20 hours per week and are expected to work for more than five months received 11 paid holidays in 2010:[14]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Statehood Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Vacation leave

Employees who work 20 hours per week and are expected to work for more than five months earn vacation leave for every hour worked or paid (with the exception of paid compensatory leave). For example, employees earn vacation leave while on paid vacation or paid sick leave. The rate of accrual depends on the employee's classification and hours of service; the accrual ranges from 0.04615 to 0.09615 of an hour earned for each hour worked. The accrual limit also depends on employee classification and ranges from 192 hours to 336 hours.[15]

Sick leave

Employees who work 20 hours per week and are expected to work for more than five months earn sick leave at the rate of .04615 hours per hour worked or paid. There is no limit to the accrual of sick leave. Sick leave may only be used in cases of the employee’s actual illness or disability or other health reasons necessitating the employee’s absence from work (including Employee Assistance Program (EAP) appointments). An employee may also use sick leave to attend to a family member’s medical issues or a death/funeral in the family. Eligibility to use sick leave includes self, spouse, child, foster child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild or the same relations by marriage.[16]

Other leave

Employees are granted paid time off work for other reasons, including:[17]

  • Military Leave
  • Jury Duty
  • Red Cross disaster service volunteers
  • Organ and Bone Marrow Donation


An employee of a state department, agency or institution working 20 hours or more per week, or 84 hours per month, and expected to work at least five months during any consecutive 12-month period is eligible for insurance benefits.[18]

Eligible employees can enroll themselves and their eligible dependents for medical coverage and have the choice of a Blue Cross of Idaho Traditional, PPO or High Deductible plan. The plans include vision and dental coverage.[18]

State employees automatically receive basic life insurance for themselves, their spouses and their unmarried dependent children, aged 10 days to 25 years. The plan also includes an accidental death and dismemberment provision for employees only. Supplemental life insurance is an option available to eligible employees.[18]

Flexible Spending Account

Employees may elect how much they want to contribute to a Flexible Spending Account for the coming plan year. Contributions are deducted from paychecks on a pre-tax basis and go directly into the FSA of the employee's choice, either for medical expenses or dependent care expenses. Those expenses are then reimbursed from the pre-tax contributions to the account.[18]


Main article: Idaho public pensions

Enrollment in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho base plan is automatic and both the employee and the employer contribute to the account. The state says that the actual value of the employee's benefit exceeds the employee's contributions.[19]

Union contracts

In 2011, the House State Affairs Committee approved SB 1006 and 1007, which would limit public labor agreements and limit money transfers that help union contractors get more work.

Senate Bill 1006 sought to prohibit political subdivision, which the Association of Building Contractors (ABC), an interest group behind the bill, claimed would stop governments from locking out non-union contractors.[20]

Senate Bill 1007 targeted "money shifting," in which unions take money from other works in order to bid lower than competitors.

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