Oregon state government salary
This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that Oregon's public employees receive from state and local government.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Secretary of State||$72,000||Kate Brown|
|Attorney General||$77,200||Ellen Rosenblum|
As of 2008, the salary of Oregon's governor ranked 47th 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|
|Chief Justice||$128,556||David V. Brewer|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Thomas Balmer|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Robert Durham|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Jack Landau|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Rives Kistler|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Martha Lee Walters|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Virginia Linder|
|Associate Justice||$125,688||Richard C. Baldwin|
Jack Landau was expected to take office on January 1, 2011, when Michael Gillette's term expired.
As of 2010, the salary of Oregon's chief justice ranked 42nd 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 Oregon's associate justices ranked 43rd 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 Oregon and local governments in the state employed a total of 240,869 people. Of those employees, 162,483 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $697,533,856 per month and 78,386 were part-time employees paid $91,446,734 per month. More than 55% of those employees, or 132,759 employees, were in education or higher education. Another report revealed that some of the highest-paying public jobs in Oregon were correctional facility doctors, who made more than $250,000 annually.
Recent history of state worker pay
- 2007 Gov. Ted Kulongoski offered pay raises ranging from 11 percent to 24 percent to managers and supervisors. The governor offered an additional step increase worth 4.75 percent in addition to cost-of-living increases after unions protested.
- 2008 The governor's proposed budget included no cost-of-living increases and as many as eight unpaid furlough days for state workers.
- 2009 As state revenues declined, unions agreed to a two-year freeze on cost-of-living raises, a one-year freeze on step increases, and 10 to 14 furlough days, depending on the employee's pay level.
- 2010 Gov. Kulongoski ordered continuation of pay freezez for non-represented state managers and supervisors and asked the unions to continue the freeze on step increases, but the unions did not agree, as of June 2010.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
In 2009 the total compensation for 24 TriMet bus operators, 6 max operators and 1 streetcar operator was more than six figures. About 6.8 percent of the 2,931 people (200 people) in the GovDocs database earned more than six figures in compensation, not including pension benefits. Average compensation for bus operators was $75,800, $82,500 for light operators, and $80,750 for streetcar operators.
State employee benefits
Paid days off
Vacation time accrual:
|Years of service||Hours accrued by classified employee||Hours accrued by management and executive employees|
|1 - 5 years (first through 60th month)||8 hours/month||10 hours/month|
|6 - 10 years (60th through 120th month)||10 hours/month||11.34 hours/month|
|11 - 15 years (121st through 180th month)||12 hours/month||13.34 hours/month|
|16 - 20 years (180th through 240th month)||14 hours/month||15.34 hours/month|
|After 20 years (After 240th month)||16 hours/month||17.34 hours/month|
|After 25 years (after 301st month)||18 hours/month||19.34 hours/month|
Oregon is the only state in the nation in which state employees do not contribute to any of their insurance premiums, be it family or individual health plans.
- See also: Oregon public pensions
Upon completion of six full calendar months of state service, the employee is enrolled into the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP), administered by PERS. The state contributes to the employee’s retirement account the equivalent of 6% of the employee’s gross salary.
- Oregon State Jobs
- GovDocs Oregon Employee Salary Information
- State Budget Solutions, Oregon]
- Searchable databases of lobbying expenditures of organizations and individuals
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- 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
- Judgepedia Jack Landau
- 2008 Oregon Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- MSNBC's Red Tap Chronicles, Does your city manager earn $800,000?, Sept. 23, 2010 (dead link)
- The Oregonian "Kulongoski, labor lock horns over Oregon budget shortfall" June 5, 2010
- Oregon Capital News, Want a six-figure job? Drive a TriMet Bus, Nov. 8, 2010
- The New York Times "States Aim Ax at Health Cost of Retirement" Feb. 13, 2011