Oklahoma state government salary
This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that Oklahoma's public employees receive from state and local government.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
The state's constitution forbids legislators from taking other state positions during their terms in office or for two years following their term. However, if a state agency receives "most" of its funding from resources other then the state, then officials may take positions there.
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Lieutenant Governor||$114,713||Todd Lamb|
|Secretary of State||$94,500||Glenn Coffee|
|Attorney General||$132,850||Scott Pruitt|
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.
|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.
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.
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. 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. More than 59% of those employees, or 149,326 employees, were in education or higher education.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
CapitolBeatOK released an analysis of Oklahoma superintendent salaries, which noted that 202 superintendents were paid more than $100,000 a year.
State employee benefits
Paid days off
State employees receive the following paid holidays:
- 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 is accrued based upon years of continuous service.
Accrual of annual leave:
|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|
State employees choose among five carriers offering a total of 11 choices of plans. 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.
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.
- 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. An employee contributes 3.5% of his/her salary, and the state contributes 15.5% of the employee's salary.
Employees may also participate in Sooner Save, two tax-deferred retirement savings plans.
- 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.
- Oklahoma State Jobs
- Oklahoma University Salaries
- K10 News, Local Government Budgets & Salaries: Who's Making What, May 5, 2009
- State Budget Solutions, Oklahoma
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- Oklahoma Watchdog, Splitting Hairs to Give Ex-lawmakers State Jobs, Jan. 11, 2011
- The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
- ‘‘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
- 2008 Oklahoma Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- Analysis: 202 public school superintendents paid more than $100,000 a year
- Oklahoma State Department of Health Benefits
- Annual Leave Accumulation
- Benefits (dead link)
- Frequently Asked Questions - Benefits (dead link)
- Benefits for Oklahoma State Department of Health
- Membership - OPERS
- Contributions - OPERS
- Sooner Save