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Oklahoma state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Oklahoma state legislators received a salary of $38,400 per year.[1] Legislators received a per diem of $150 per day which was tied to federal rate.[1]

The state's constitution forbids legislators from taking other state positions during their terms in office or for two years following their term.[2] However, if a state agency receives "most" of its funding from resources other then the state, then officials may take positions there.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $147,000 Mary Fallin
Lieutenant Governor $114,713 Todd Lamb
Secretary of State $94,500 Glenn Coffee
Attorney General $132,850 Scott Pruitt
Treasurer $114,713 Ken Miller

As of 2008, the salary of Oklahoma's governor ranked 17th 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.[4]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Oklahoma judicial salaries[5]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Associate Justice $137,655 James Edmondson
Associate Justice $137,655 James Winchester
Associate Justice $137,655 Douglas L. Combs
Associate Justice $137,655 Noma D. Gurich
Associate Justice $137,655 Yvonne Kauger
Associate Justice $137,655 Joseph Watt
Chief Justice $147,000 Steven Taylor
Vice-Chief Justice $137,655 Tom Colbert
Associate Justice $137,655 John Reif

As of 2010, the salary of Oklahoma's chief justice ranked 31st 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.[5]

As of 2010, the salaries of Oklahoma's associate justices ranked 35th 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.[5]

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Oklahoma and local governments in the state employed a total of 249,724 people.[6] Of those employees, 198,834 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $630,491,968 per month and 50,890 were part-time employees paid $41,674,360 per month.[6] More than 59% of those employees, or 149,326 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[7]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$31,611 $43,846

CapitolBeatOK released an analysis of Oklahoma superintendent salaries, which noted that 202 superintendents were paid more than $100,000 a year.[8]

State employee benefits


State employees receive the following paid holidays:[9]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Annual leave

Annual leave is accrued based upon years of continuous service.[10]

Accrual of annual leave:[11]

Years of service Annual leave Annual leave accumulation
0-5 years 15 day/year 30 days
5-10 years 18 day/year 60 days
10-20 years 20 day/year 60 days
over 20 years 25 day/year 60 days

Sick leave

Full-time employees accrue 15 days per year/10 hours a month.[11] There is no limit to the amount that may be accrued.[10]



State employees choose among five carriers offering a total of 11 choices of plans.[12] Oklahoma state statutes require that every state employee must purchase the basic plan of health, dental, basic life and disability, regardless of whether the employee's spouse has better coverage.[13]


Basic life Insurance includes a $20,000 life insurance policy. If an employee's death is the result of an accident, that amount will double to $40,000. Additional coverage is available at an extra cost.

Guaranteed Issue Supplemental Life Insurance - A new employee, at the time they fill out their Benefit Enrollment form, can request additional Guaranteed Issue (GI) Supplemental Life Insurance.[14]


See also: Oklahoma public pensions

Each new employee of a participating employer whose permanent position requires more than 1,000 hours of work is required to become a member of Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) on the first day of the month immediately following the beginning date of employment.[15] An employee contributes 3.5% of his/her salary, and the state contributes 15.5% of the employee's salary.[16]

Employees may also participate in Sooner Save, two tax-deferred retirement savings plans.[17]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program maintains contacts with community service providers for the purpose of networking and coordinating services to state agencies and employees.[18]

See also

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