Michigan state government salary
- 1 Legislator salaries
- 2 State executive salaries
- 3 Judicial salaries
- 4 Michigan State Police
- 5 Local government employees
- 6 Employee benefits
- 7 Additional reading
- 8 External links
- 9 References
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, the state of Michigan and local governments in the state employed a total of 590,868 people. Of those employees, 395,115 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $1,896,386,227 per month and 195,753 were part-time employees paid $232,116,286 per month. Over 60% of those employees, or 366,011 employees, were in education or higher education. As of 2010, Michigan state workers received approximately 47% more in total compensation than their private-sector counterparts. As of 2010, the average state worker made about $54,000 a year.
As of 2011, managers and supervisors in Michigan state government made an average of $73,694 a year. Union-represented employees earned an average of $53,705 annually.
As of 2011, Michigan's state budget director, John Nixon, received a salary of $250,000 a year -- the highest salary of those in the cabinet, according to salary information released by the governor's office.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2010, Michigan state legislators earned $79,685 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a $10,800 yearly expense allowance for session and interim as set by the compensation commission.
Effective January 1, 2011, Michigan legislators took a 10% reduction in pay to $71,685. The yearly expense account was also reduced 10% to $10,800.
The House discloses all of its salaries in a database.
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'11 salary||Current official|
|Governor||$159,300, $1 as of 2011||Rick Snyder|
|Lieutenant Governor||$123,900||Brian Calley|
|Secretary of State||$124,900||Ruth Johnson|
|Attorney General||$124,900||Bill Schuette|
As of 2008, the salary of Michigan's governor ranked 3rd 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.
|Position||'09 salary||Current justice|
|Chief Justice||$164,610||Robert P. Young, Jr.|
|Associate Justice||$164,610||Diane Hathaway|
|Associate Justice||$164,610||Bridget Mary McCormack|
|Associate Justice||$164,610||Mary Beth Kelly|
|Associate Justice||$164,610||Brian Zahra|
|Associate Justice||$164,610||Michael F. Cavanagh|
|Associate Justice||$164,610||Stephen Markman|
As of 2010, the salary of Michigan's chief justice ranked 16th 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.
As of 2010, the salaries of Michigan's associate justices ranked 14th 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.
Michigan State Police
Michigan State Police troopers approved a contract that was effective until December 2011. Then-governor Jennifer Granholm said "tough economic times and financial pressures on the state budget" required changes in employee benefits. Per the agreement, state troopers received no wage increase in the first year of the contract, a 1% increase in the second year, and a 2% increase in the third year. Healthcare plan changes were expected to offset the wage increases.
Local government employees
- See also: Michigan local government salary
In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.
- Wayne County
- Oakland County
- Macomb County
- Kent County
- Detroit City School District
- Grand Rapids Public Schools
- Utica Community Schools
- Ann Arbor Public Schools
- Grand Rapids
- Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan
- Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Michigan
- Macomb County Sheriff's Office, Michigan
- Kent County Sheriff's Department, Michigan
- Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan
- Detroit Police Department, Michigan
- Michigan State Police, Michigan
- Grand Rapids Fire Department, Michigan
- Detroit Fire Department, Michigan
As of 2011, the average salary for a teacher in Michigan with 25 years of experience was $68,230 with a bachelor’s degree, $78,826 with a master’s degree and $83,556 with a master’s degree plus credits.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
In 2008, the average Michigan teacher salary was approximately $56,000, compared to a nationwide average salary of $40,800. In the 2006/2007 school year, Michigan had an average teacher salary of $55,541 and ranked 9th in the nation according to the American Federation of Teachers. In 2005/2006, the average salary was $54,739 and ranked 7th. By June 30, 2010 all school districts were required to post financial, salary and benefit information according to the School State Aid Act.
|School year||Average annual teacher salary||Average beginning teacher salary|
One bus driver in Lansing earned $140,900 in 2009, after clocking in 2,198 hours of overtime - or about 42 extra hours per week. Another CATA bus driver earned $114,691 in 2009, and 25 other drivers reported incomes over $80,000.
The Mackinac Center estimated that the annual cost of public sector benefits for Michigan state employees in 2011 was $5.7 billion total, with about $2.5 billion coming from pension, health care and other fringe benefit costs found in public schools, $1.7 billion in local government, $844 million in colleges and universities and $708 million in state government.
Employees are eligible for insurance options if the employee is in any category of the classified state service with an appointment of at least 720 hours duration, except if the employee has a non-career appointment.
As of April 1, 2011, new state employees paid 20% of their health insurance premiums; all others paid 10%. The state contributed a minimum of $280 and a maximum of $648.26 on a biweekly basis for employee health insurance.
The State of Michigan offers various Dental Insurance Plans. An eligible employee can select the State Dental Plan, for the which the state pays 95% of the premium, a Preventative Plan, which the state pays for in full and gives employees a $100 lump-sum cash payment, or a Dental Maintenance Organization, which the state pays for in full.
The state's vision insurance plan is available to employees and the state covers the entire cost of the premium.
Employees can select the State Life Insurance Plan, for which the state will cover the full premium cost, or the Reduced Benefit Life Insurance Plan, for which the state will cover the full premium cost and give the employee a biweekly cash refund. The state life insurance plan is a traditional group life insurance plan that pays the employee's designated beneficiary a non-taxable death benefit equal to 200% the employee's basic annual salary. The reduced benefit plan pays the designated beneficiary a non-taxable death benefit equal to 100% of the employee's basic annual salary rounded up to the next $1,000 but no more than $50,000. Employees may also add employee-paid supplemental insurance.
Employees also have long-term disability insurance.
- See also: Michigan public pensions
Employees receive a minimum 4% state contribution toward their retirement fund. If an employee elects to contribute more, the state will match that percentage (up to 3%).
Employees may invest income in a tax-deferred retirement investment program. The state offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k). Employees decide the amount they want deducted from their paychecks.
As of 2010, the state wanted workers to pay 3% of their monthly salaries toward a trust that would fund retiree health-care benefits, whereas they had previously paid nothing. The employee contributions would generate $300 million of the more than $920 million in health-care costs projected for FY2012. Three unions filed suit against the state, claiming that the policy was an unlawful violation of the terms of their employment. The new contributions had been collected by the teachers' retirement fund since July 1, 2010, but were being held pending a court decision. Should the state lose the lawsuit, contributions would likely be returned to employees.
Michigan officials have said that retiree health obligations account for 1/7 of the state’s payroll costs.
Paid time off
State employees receive 12-13 paid holidays per year:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Election Day (even years)
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- New Years Eve
Full-time employees receive between 15 and 35 vacation leave days per year.
Employees also receive 13 sick days per year.
Employees receive 8 hours of leave annually to participate in certain school functions or community activities.
- Flexible Spending Account
- University of Michigan Salary Information—University of Michigan
- Databases of public university employee salaries, The Collegiate Times
- 2009 Faculty and staff salary record, University of Michigan Library
- 2009 Governor's Appointees Salary Database, The Detroit Free Press
- 2007 Michigan public employee salaries, LSJ.com
- 2007 Michigan State Senate Payroll, Lansing State Journal
- 2010 Michigan Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- Reason "What's Round on The Ends and High in The Middle? Ohio's Public Sector Salaries, That's What" July 7, 2010
- The Detroit News "Budget proposal pits local governments against state employees" Sept. 12, 2010
- The Detroit Free Press "Too many managers in Michigan government? Gov. Rick Snyder orders study" Sept. 16, 2011
- The Detroit Free Press "State budget chief gets top salary at $250K" Jan. 15, 2011
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data," accessed June12, 2012
- NCSL 2012 Legislator Compensation Data
- Michigan House of Representatives, Salaries," accessed May 3, 2012 (dead link)
- The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2011 Table 4.11
- CNS News, Michigan Governor to Take $1 Salary in 'Shared Sacrifice', Feb. 17, 2011
- ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008” (dead link)
- The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- The Detroit Free Press "3-year deal approved by Michigan State Police" July 30, 2010
- Michigan Capital Confidential, Michigan Teacher Salaries and the Highest-Paid College Graduates in America, May 24, 2011
- Kalamazoo Gazette, "Another look at Michigan teacher salaries," April 22, 2008
- American Federation of Teachers, "Survey and Analysis of Teacher Salary Trends 2007," accessed September 16, 2009
- Michigan Capital Confidential, Schools Starting to Post Salary Details, Aug. 10, 2010
- Michigan Capitol Confidential, Lansing's $140,000 Bus Driver, Nov. 5, 2010
- The Detroit News "Public workers in Snyder's sights" Jan. 3, 2011
- Benefit booklets
- Health Info
- Rates (dead link)
- Dental Details
- Vision Insurance Plan
- Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental Insurance
- Long Term Disability Insurance
- Civil Service Commission
- The Wall Street Journal "States Press Workers on Healthcare" August 27, 2010
- The New York Times "States Aim Ax at Health Cost of Retirement" Feb. 13, 2011
- State Holidays
- Flexible Spending Account