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Missouri state government salary

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

According to 2010 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, Missouri state employee salaries ranked last among all states with an average yearly salary of $36,985 per employee, excluding those who work at public colleges and universities. As of April 2012, Missouri employees had not received a general pay increase since 2009.[1]

In 2012, the Senate voted to give a 2 percent raise to employees earning $45,000 or less.[2] The proposed raise would impact 46,000 public employees, 82 percent of the state, and cost taxpayers $33 million.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Missouri state legislators earned $35,915 per year.[3] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $104.20 per day, plus mileage tied to federal rate.[4]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[5]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $133,821[6] Jay Nixon
Lieutenant Governor $86,484 Peter Kinder
Secretary of State $107,746 Jason Kander
Attorney General $116,437 Chris Koster
Treasurer $107,746 Clint Zweifel

As of 2008, the salary of Missouri's governor ranked 26th 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.[7]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Missouri judicial salaries[8]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Associate Justice $137,034 Vacant
Associate Justice $137,034 Laura Denvir Stith
Associate Justice $137,034 Zel Fischer
Associate Justice $137,034 George Draper
Chief Justice $139,534 Richard Teitelman
Associate Justice $137,034 Mary Rhodes Russell
Associate Justice $137,034 Patricia Breckenridge

As of 2010, the salary of Missouri's chief justice ranked 36th 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.[8]

As of 2010, salaries of Missouri's associate justices ranked 38th 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.[8]

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Missouri and local governments in the state employed a total of 391,994 people.[9] Of those employees, 295,212 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $974,910,528 per month and 96,782 were part-time employees paid $80,740,861 per month.[9] More than 55% of those employees, or 217,798 employees, were in education or higher education.[9]

Teacher salaries

In Missouri teachers pay 14 percent of their total compensation (salary and board-paid benefits) to the Missouri Public School Retirement System. The Board of Education matches that contribution. Thus, a teacher’s long-term retirement is being supported by a 28 percent contribution per year. Teachers do not contribute to Social Security but do contribute to Medicare. The contribution rate for teachers has risen from 9 percent to the current 14 percent and will continue to increase 0.5 percent per year to maintain adequate funding in the retirement system.[10]

Teachers are expected to advance their education at their own expense to increase their salaries. The typical master’s degree costs approximately $14,000.[11]

Teacher salaries[12]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$28,055 $44,249

State employee benefits



Under the Missouri Consolidated Healthcare Plan (MCHCP), state employees may choose from a variety of plan options, including a high deductible plan, HMO, PPO and co-pay plan.[13] Individual employees seeking coverage for only themselves pay between $46 and $56 per month as a premium and the MCHCP pays $451 per month.[14]


Optional dental insurance is available to employees at a monthly rate of $18.34 for individual coverage.[15]


Optional dental insurance is available to employees at a monthly rate of $7.50 for individual coverage.[16]

Sick leave

Employees who are employed on a full-time basis in positions of a continuing or permanent nature earn sick leave at the rate of five hours per pay period. For part-time employees in eligible positions, sick leave is prorated.[17]

Employees can accumulate sick leave without limit. Sick leave can be converted to retirement credit upon retirement.[17]

Annual leave

Employees earn leave based on their time of employment with the state.[17]

  • Employees with less than 10 years of total state service earn five hours of annual leave each pay period with a maximum annual leave balance of 240 hours (30 days).
  • Employees who have completed 10 years of total state service earn six hours of annual leave each pay period with a maximum annual leave balance of 288 hours (36 days).
  • Employees who have completed 15 years of total state service earn seven hours of annual leave each pay period with a maximum annual leave balance of 336 hours (42 days).

Annual leave is prorated for part-time employees in eligible positions who work a minimum of 40 hours in a pay period.[17]


State employees receive the following paid holidays:[18]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Washington’s Birthday
  • Truman's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Other leave Leave may also be granted for military service, disaster relief specialists or emergency services.[17]


See also: Missouri public pensions

Retirement benefits are administered by Missouri State Employee's Retirement System (MOSERS).[19] To be eligible to participate in the MSEP 2000, an employee must be employed by the state in a position normally requiring him or her to work at least 1,040 hours per year.[20] MOSERS retirement plan is non-contributory and thus is funded only by the state. The state makes a monthly contribution to MOSERS to fund the employee's retirement.[20] The retirement benefit is based on the employee's total credited service and the employee's highest 36 consecutive months of pay; the state states that it rewards continued employment by increasing the value of the retirement benefit for each additional year of service.[20] Governor Nixon signed legislation in July 2010 requiring public employees to contribute a portion of their salaries to the state pension fund.[21]

Deferred compensation

The state used to offer a matching contribution to employee contributions to their deferred compensation plan, but the employer incentive match was suspended at least through June 30, 2010, as a state cost-cutting measure.[22]


Employee Assistance Program[23]

Pre-tax plans[24]

  • The Premium Conversion Program allows employees to have certain state-sponsored insurance premiums deducted before taxes are assessed.
  • The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account is a state-sponsored benefit program that allows employees to use pre-tax money to pay for certain medical expenses.
  • The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows the employee to save on child or elder care expenses.
  • The Commuter Benefits Program allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for Parking or Mass Transit/Van Pool expenses incurred while traveling to and from employment.


The Missouri Accountability Portal provides information about state employee pay. Users can view pay information about the employees of the state by their agency of employment, position title or employee name. The portal provides gross pay amounts by the last pay cycle and year-to-date.

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