Indiana state government salary

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

Thanks to, citizens have a public employee salary database available to them, found at this link.

Salaries of Purdue University employees are updated annually at High Ed Salaries.

As of 2009, Indiana University's basketball coach, Tom Crean, earns $600,000 per year and is the highest paid public employee in the state. With benefits, his compensation totals over $2.3 million annually. By comparison, former Governor Mitch Daniels had a salary of only $95,000 per year.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $95,000 Mike Pence
Lieutenant Governor $79,192 Sue Ellspermann
Attorney General $82,734 Greg Zoeller
Secretary of State $68,772 Connie Lawson
Treasurer of State $68,772 Richard Mourdock

As of 2010, the salary of Indiana's governor ranked 44th 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.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Indiana state legislators earned $22,616.46 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $152 per day, plus mileage tied to federal rate.[3][4]

Judicial salaries

Indiana judicial Sslaries[5][6][7]
Position '11 Salary Current justice
Associate Justice $156,295 Mark S. Massa
Chief Justice $156,295 Brent Dickson
Associate Justice $156,295 Loretta H. Rush
Associate Justice $156,295 Steven David
Associate Justice $156,295 Robert Rucker

As of 2010, the salary of Indiana's chief justice ranked 25th 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]

The salaries of Indiana's associate justices ranked 22nd 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

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Indiana and local governments in the state employed a total of 423,601 people. Of those employees, 310,202 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $1,112,585,809 per month and 113,399 were part-time employees paid $106,724,434 per month. More than 59% of those employees, or 251,485 employees, were in education or higher education.[8]

As of July 2010, the Indiana state government employed its smallest workforce since 1982. A special committee must approve any new hires.[9]

State employees' salaries were frozen in 2009 and through 2010.[9]

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[10]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$33,370 $44,650

According to a 2010 report by the Foundation for Educational Choice and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund was short by about $15 million and had the assets to cover about 35% of its liabilities. The Teachers' Retirement Fund administers a two-part benefit: an annuity savings account and a monthly pension benefit. Employees must contribute 3% of their pre-tax income to the annuity savings account.[11]

For the 2012-13 school year, all schools received $2,400 in grant funding from state coffers for every student who was eligible for and enrolled in all-day kindergarten for that year. The money was available for both traditional and charter schools, although the bill did say that those schools that apply for the grant funding cannot charge any fee for full-day kindergarten.[12]

State employee benefits

The state of Indiana provides its eligible employees with many benefits. All active full-time employees and elected or appointed officials are eligible to participate. For the purpose of benefits eligibility, full-time employees are defined as active employees whose regular work schedule is at least 37 ½ hours per week. Part-time, intermittent and hourly (temporary) employees are not eligible for insurance or related benefits.[13]



For health insurance, employees may select from two different Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHP), an HMO and a traditional PPO. Under the CDHP, the employer biweekly contribution ranges from $128.34 for a single individual to $441.54 for a family. Under the PPO and the HMO, the state's biweekly contribution ranges from $181.26 per individual and $505.02 per family.[14][15][16][17]

Dental and vision Insurance are offered to employees at very small premiums. The premium for dental insurance for single employee coverage is $1.02 biweekly and family coverage costs $2.68 biweekly. For vision insurance, the bi-weekly premium is $0.17 and family coverage is $2.52.[18][19]


The rate for the basic life insurance offered by the state is $0.1165 per $1,000 of salary to $0.0515 per $1,000 of salary. Employees also have the option of selecting supplemental and dependent life insurance.[20]

Health Savings Accounts

The Health Savings Account (HSA) program has two parts: a Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) and an HSA. A companion of the CDHPs, HSAs will once again be pre-funded by the state, with half of the state’s contribution deposited into the participating employee’s accounts. A prerequisite for that contribution is that the participating employees must open an HSA account with Tower Bank. For HSA1 single coverage, the state initially contributes $687.96 and then contributes $26.46 biweekly, whereas the initial contribution for family coverage is $1,375.14, with bi-weekly contributions of $52.89. Those with CDHP/HSA2 single coverage, the state front loads the employee’s account with $413.40, with bi-weekly contributions of $15.90. Family coverage starts with $825.24, followed by $31.74 in bi-weekly contributions by the state.[21]

Flexible Spending Account

Flexible Spending Accounts provide the opportunity to set aside pre-tax dollars from each paycheck for reimbursement of qualified medical and/or dependent care expenses. The FSA becomes limited use if the employee is participating in CDHP/HSA.[22]

Holidays State employees received 12 paid holidays in 2010:[23]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Primary Election Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • General Election Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday (observed day after Thanksgiving)
  • Washington's Birthday (observed day before Christmas is observed)
  • Christmas Day


Main article: Indiana public pensions

Employees participate in the Public Employee's Retirement Fund. The PERF system's members and beneficiaries receive direct payments through retirement, disability and death benefit programs.[24]

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