Pennsylvania state government salary
In July 2010, when the state was facing furloughs of layoffs, Gov. Rendell said that he strongly supported legislation to restructure pension benefits. Rendell proposed that to prevent furloughs or layoffs, the unions should accept no pay increase. He conceded, however, that "[t]here is virtually no chance of that going through."
According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Pennsylvania and local governments in the state employed a total of 696,616 people. Of those employees, 529,454 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $2,152,542,653 per month and 167,162 were part-time employees paid $178,554,748 per month. More than 57% of those employees, or 399,454 employees, were in education or higher education.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Lieutenant Governor||$146,926||Jim Cawley|
|Secretary of the Commonwealth||$125,939||Carol Aichele|
|Attorney General||$145,529||Kathleen Kane|
As of 2008, the salary of Pennsylvania's governor ranked 6th 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||$191,876||Ronald Castille|
|Associate Justice||$186,450||Thomas Saylor|
|Associate Justice||$186,450||Max Baer|
|Associate Justice||$186,450||Seamus McCaffrey|
|Associate Justice||$186,450||Joan Orie Melvin|
|Associate Justice||$186,450||J. Michael Eakin|
|Associate Justice||$186,450||Debra Todd|
As of 2010, the salary of Pennsylvania's chief justice ranked 5th 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 Pennsylvania's associate justices ranked 3rd 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.
Local government employees
- See also: Pennsylvania local government salary
In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.
- Philadelphia County
- Allegheny County
- Montgomery County
- Bucks County
- Philadelphia City School District
- Pittsburgh School District
- Bethlehem Area School District
- Allentown City School District
- Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
- Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania
- Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Pennsylvania
- Bucks County Sheriff Office, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia Fire Department, Pennsylvania
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
State employee benefits
Paid time off
State employees receive the following 11 paid holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans' Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
Full-time employees working a 40 hour work week earn annual leave as follows:
|Time of service||Rate of accumulation||Maximum annual leave entitlement per year|
|Up to 3 years||3.85% of all hours paid||80 hours (10 days)|
|Over 3 years to 15 years inclusive||5.77% of all hours paid||120 hours (15 days)|
|Over 15 years to 25 years inclusive||7.70% for all hours paid||160 hours (20 days)|
|Over 25 years||10% for all hours paid||208 hours (26 days)|
Employees receive a personal leave day in their first full year of employment in a full-time position; employees earn two personal leave days in their second year and four personal days (one per quarter) in their third year of employment.
The Commonwealth allows employees to accumulate sick leave at a rate of 5% of their regular paid hours, which amounts to 13 days per year for employees working 40 hour work weeks.
All permanent employees who are continuously scheduled to work are eligible for the Commonwealth's life insurance coverage, which is equal to the employee's salary up to $40,000.
Optional insurance available to state employees includes term life Insurance, dependent term life insurance, long term disability insurance and long term care insurance, auto insurance and home insurance.
- See also: Pennsylvania public pensions
Employees participate in the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). SERS is a defined benefit plan, funded through a combination of employee and employer contributions, as well as investment earnings. Most members contribute 6.25% of their salaries. The employer contribution varies depending on investment returns and has ranged from 18% of salary to 0%.
Employees also have the option of participating in the Commonwealth's Deferred Compensation Program in order to supplement pension benefits. Under this program, employees pay no federal income tax on contributions into the program. Funds are not taxable until they are withdrawn from the program, usually at retirement.
- Family Care Account Program (FCAP) provides employees with the opportunity, through payroll deductions, to use pre-tax income to pay for family care expenses that are incurred to enable them to work. This program allows employees to pay for expenses incurred for eligible employment-related care for children, disabled elder parents and other dependents with salary exempt from federal income and Social Security taxes.
- Health Savings Account gives employees the opportunity to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses.
- Pennsylvania Employment Opportunities
- Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission (dead link)
- State Budget Solutions, Pennsylvania
- Teacher Salaries for 120,000 Teachers from Stop Teacher Strikes
- The Washington Post "N.J. Gov. Chris Christie opens NGA meeting with censure of public-sector unions" July 9, 2010
- 2008 Pennsylvania Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- 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
- Pennsylvania Government
- Personnel Rules
- Life Insurance
- Voluntary Benefits
- SERS Home Page for Active Members
- Retirement Code
- Family Care Account Program
- National Conference of State Legislatures State Employee Health Benefits