Nebraska state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Nebraska state legislators earned $12,000 per year.[1] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem tied to federal rate at $123 per day for legislators living outside a 50-mile radius from the Capitol and $56 per day for legislators residing within 50 miles of the Capitol.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $105,000[4] Dave Heineman
Lieutenant Governor $75,000 Rick Sheehy
Secretary of State $ 85,000 John Gale
Attorney General $95,000 Jon Bruning
Treasurer $85,000 Don Stenberg

As of 2010, the salary of Nebraska's governor ranked 40th 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

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Nebraska judicial salaries[6]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $142,760 Mike Heavican
Associate Justice $142,760 Kenneth Stephan
Associate Justice $142,760 Lindsey Miller-Lerman
Associate Justice $142,760 Michael McCormack
Associate Justice $142,760 William Connolly
Associate Justice $142,760 John Wright
Associate Justice $142,760 William Cassel

As of 2010, the salary of Nebraska's chief justice ranked 40th 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 Nebraska's associate justices ranked 34th 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 employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Nebraska and local governments in the state employed a total of 143,208 people.[7] Of those employees, 102,439 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $376,569,618 per month and 40,769 were part-time employees paid $35,446,767 per month.[7] More than 55% of those employees, or 79,724 employees, were in education or higher education.[7]

In 2010, the largest state employee union and the state agreed to a new contract that included a pay freeze for 2011 and 2 percent pay raises in 2012-2013.[8]

Teacher salaries

Teachers unions negotiate with local school districts for teacher salaries. Some funding comes from land lease contracts and is distributed to the school districts on a per-student basis.[9]

Teacher salaries[10]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$27,030 $44,957

In the 2008-2009 school year, Nebraska's school system had approximately 24,332 teachers with an average of 15.19 years of experience. The average Nevada teacher salary in the 2008-2009 school year was $44,954, a $1,325 increase from the 2007-2008 school year.

The table below outlines the average teacher salary, years of experience and total number of teachers for the 2003-2004 through 2008-2009 school years.[11]

School year Avg. salary Avg. years of experience Total # of teachers
2003-2004 $40,090 15.59 19,950
2005-2006 $40,382 15.62 23,587
2006-2007 $40,382 15.49 23,839
2007-2008 $43,629 15.30 24,193
2008-2009 $44,954 15.19 24,332

State employee benefits


Health insurance

A of 2011, Gov. Heineman said that state employees contribute 21 percent toward their health insurance premiums.[12]

Nebraska offers several types of health insurance plans, including a high deductible PPO and regular PPO, for employees working 20 hours or more per week.[13] Premiums for part-time employees are pro-rated. The state pays approximately 79% of the total premium of whichever plan type the employee chooses. Health insurance premiums are tax sheltered under the IRS Section 125.[14]

Monthly health care costs[13]

Plan Employee cost State cost Total premium
Wellness PPO Plan $93.84 $352.98 $446.82
BlueChoice Plan $121.64 $457.56 $579.20
Regular PPO Plan $98.78 $371.56 $470.34
High Deductible PPO Plan $84.70 $318.60 $403.30

Optional vision and dental insurance are available to employees. Vision insurance costs an individual employee $7.10 or $11.00 per month, depending on which plan the employee chooses.[13] Dental insurance costs an employee $21.82 per month for individual coverage.[13]

Life insurance

The state provides a $20,000 basic term life insurance policy to all eligible employees regardless of age. The state pays fully for the policy for full-time employees. In addition to the basic term life insurance provided by the state, employees have a number of options for purchasing additional life insurance for themselves and dependents.[14]


See also: Nebraska public pensions

State employees are eligible to participate in the Nebraska State Employees Retirement System. Membership in the plan begins immediately upon employment. Deductions are 4.8 percent of gross pay each pay period. The state matches employee contributions at the rate of 156%.[14]

Deferred compensation

A deferred compensation plan allows the setting aside of a portion of wages under a tax deferred program. This money is then available upon retirement. The state Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary way to accumulate supplementary retirement income.[14]


Permanent employees receive 12 paid holidays per year.[14] Employees working part-time should receive part-time off on holidays on a pro-rated basis.[14] The following are state holidays[15]

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

Bereavement leave may be granted for up to five days upon request for a death in the immediate family. "Immediate family" includes spouse, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, sister, brother, child, grandchild, spouse of any of these or someone who bears a similar relationship to the spouse of the employee.[14]

Civil leave is available for jury duty, election board duty or voting time.[14]

Military leave is granted in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.[14]

Other benefits

Tuition assistance

A permanent employee enrolled in courses of instruction related to his/her work or future advancement within the DHHS may be eligible for reimbursement of 50% to 75% of his/her tuition costs. Up to 9 credit hours of coursework or the equivalent may be taken during any one fiscal year.[14]

Employee assistance program

All employees are eligible to use the Best Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This benefit, provided by the Methodist Hospital Health System, is designed to help employees and their families work through personal problems including, but not limited to, marital and family conflicts, grief issues, stress, legal problems, chemical dependency, financial troubles and psychological and emotional difficulties.[14]

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