Nevada state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Nevada state legislators earned $146.29 per day for a maximum of 60 days of session for holdover senators; all other legislators earned $146.29 per day.[1] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem tied to federal rate if they live near the Capitol.[1] Those legislators living more than 50 miles from the Capitol, if requiring lodging, were paid single-room rate for the Carson City area for each month of session.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $141,000[4] Brian Sandoval
Lieutenant Governor $60,000 Brian Krolicki
Secretary of State $97,000 Ross Miller
Attorney General $133,000 Catherine Masto
Treasurer $97,000 Kate Marshall

As of 2008, the salary of Nevada's governor ranked 15th 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
Nevada judicial salaries[6]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Associate Justice $170,000 Mark Gibbons
Chief Justice $170,000 Michael Cherry
Associate Justice $170,000 Kris Pickering
Associate Justice $170,000 Nancy Saitta
Associate Justice $170,000 Michael Douglas
Associate Justice $170,000 James Hardesty
Associate Justice $170,000 Ron Parraguirre

As of 2010, the salary of Nevada's chief justice ranked 13th 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 Nevada's associate justices ranked 11th 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

The FY2012-2013 budget reduced state employee salaries by 2.5 percent and mandated that employees take six days of unpaid furlough leave each year, bringing the total pay cut to 4.8 percent.[7]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Nevada and local governments in the state employed a total of 135,957 people.[8] Of those employees, 99,394 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $486,419,550 per month and 36,563 were part-time employees paid $43,648,875 per month.[8] More than 52% of those employees, or 71,451 employees, were in education or higher education.[8]

As of 2011, there were 700 employees who had double dipped and collected pensions and salaries at the same time in the state. From 2001 to 2008, the state spent $54.4 million on double-dipping employees.[9]

Teacher salaries

A bill passed in 2011 required local school boards to establish performance pay programs for teachers. As of 2012, the state hadn't provided any money to support these merit pay programs.[10]

Teacher salaries[11]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$34,193 $50,067

According to the American Federation of Teachers, Nevada ranked 19th in the nation for average teacher salary for the 2006-2007 school year. In the 2006-2007 school year, the average teacher salary was $49,426, a 7.2% increase from 2005-2006. Nevada ranked 18th in beginning teacher salaries - $35,480, a 2.6% increase from 2005-2006.[12]

School year Average annual teacher salary Average beginning teacher salary
2006-2007 $49,426[12] $35,480[12]
2005-2006 $45,867[12] $34,558[12]
2004-2005 $43,212[13] $27,957[13]
2003-2004 $43,212[13] $27,677[13]

State employee benefits



Coverage for employees and their eligible dependents becomes effective on the first day of the month following or coincident with 90 consecutive days of employment. Employees are required to pay a premium for dependent coverage. The premium is typically deducted from the first paycheck of the month. The health coverage options available for employees and their dependents include the following plans:

  • A self-funded medical plan
  • Health maintenance plan
  • Dental plan


The basic plan is $20,000 of life insurance and $20,000 of AD&D coverage.[14]

Other insurance options available to employees include long-term disability, short-term disability and long-term care insurance.[15][16]


See also: Nevada public pensions

Employees participate in the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System. Employees vest after five years of employment with the state.[17]


Nevada state employees receive 11 paid holidays per year:[18]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Nevada Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Family Day - The Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Annual leave

New employees who have worked the equivalent of six months are entitled to seven and a half days of annual (vacation) leave. Annual leave will continue to accrue at a rate of 10 hours per month for the first 10 years of service. Annual leave accrual rates are slightly greater for employees with more than 10 years of continuous service.[18]

Sick leave

State employees accrue 10 hours of sick leave per month of full-time service to protect against loss of pay in the event of illness or injury. Part-time employees accrue annual and sick leave hours on a prorated basis of the 10 hours per month credit that full-time employees earn.[18]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts[19]

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