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Rhode Island state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Rhode Island state legislators received an annual salary of $13,089.44.[1] Legislators did not receive a per diem.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $117,817 Lincoln Chafee
Lieutenant Governor $99,214 Elizabeth H. Roberts
Secretary of State $99,214 Ralph Mollis
Attorney General $105,416 Peter Kilmartin
Treasurer $99,214 Gina Raimondo

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Rhode Island judicial salaries[3]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $167,644 Paul Suttell
Associate Justice $152,403 Francis Flaherty
Associate Justice $152,403 Maureen McKenna Goldberg
Associate Justice $152,403 William Robinson
Associate Justice $152,403 Gilbert V. Indeglia

As of 2010, the salaries of Rhode Island's associate justices ranked 21st 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.[3]

State and local employees

Thousands of state workers were expected to see a 3 percent across-the-board raise on January 2 and another 3 percent raise in mid-June 2011.[4] The last raise for state employees was 2.5% in July 2009.[4] The state budget office has calculated that the two raises would cost the state an extra $12,051,000 in the then-current budget year, and $24.5 million more in the next budget year.[4] That estimate did not include the cost the state would incur when salaries automatically increased for state employees as they reached certain benchmarks in their careers, called longevity bonuses.[4]

The governor negotiated a settlement with the Rhode Island State Troopers Association that gave 183 members of the state police two rounds of retroactive 3-percent pay raises. The first of the two raises was retroactive to April 25, 2010, and the second, to April 24, 2011. Prior to this, the last time the troopers’ received a raise was May 1, 2008, and it, too, was 3 percent.[5]

To avoid layoffs, state employee unions agreed to 12 unpaid work days, for which their members could be compensated later in either cash or extra paid days off. The final four would be reflected in the paychecks they receive on the third Friday of every month from January 2011 to April 2011.[4]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Rhode Island and local governments in the state employed a total of 59,761 people.[6] Of those employees, 47,755 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $225,221,773 per month and 12,006 were part-time employees paid $12,127,083 per month.[6] More than 55% of those employees, or 33,310 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

A 2009 Rhode Island salary survey included:[7]

  • State senator: $14,089
  • Legislative proofreader: $35,713
  • Bus driver, RIPTA, first year: $28,600; top tier: $47,674
  • DOT bridge safety inspector: $52,267
  • DOT semi-skilled laborer: $35,629
  • Michael Lewis, director Department of Transportation: $130,000
  • W. Michael Sullivan, director DEM: $130,152
  • Howard Boksenbaum, chief state library officer: $67,735
  • Allan Fung, mayor of Cranston: $80,765
  • James E. Doyle, mayor of Pawtucket: $90,992
  • David Cicilline, mayor of Providence: $131,000

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[8]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$38,466 $58,407

Quasi-public agency salaries

In 2011 a news report revealed that 67 employees of the state's quasi-public agencies earned more than $100,000 annually. Quasi-public agencies are created by the General Assembly but legally separate from state government.[9] The three highest-paid quasi-public employees listed all worked for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

  • President and CEO Kevin Dillon, who made $283,131 in 2010.
  • RIAC General Counsel Peter Frazier, who made $183,895 in 2010
  • RIAC Chief Financial Officer Brian Schattle, who made $183,831.

Other notable salaries included:

  • Former RIPTA General Manager Alfred Moscola, who made $183,561.
  • Rhode Island Housing's Richard Godfrey earned $175,000
  • The Economic Development Corporation's Keith Stokes earned at $169,477
  • The Narragansett Bay Commission's Raymond Marshall, at $168,841
  • The Resource Recovery Corporation's Michael O'Connell at $160,329.
  • Student Loan Authority's Charles Kelley earned $151,849
  • Quonset Development Corporation's Steven King earned $150,475
  • The Convention Center Authority's James McCarvill, at $148,440.

After the investigation many of the agencies told reporters their employees' salaries were not paid with state tax dollars. For example, the airport's revenue comes from parking charges and other fees, and Rhode Island Housing gets funding from the federal government.

State employee benefits


State employees receive the following 11 paid holidays:[10]

  • New Year's Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Victory Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Sick leave

Each state employee working a 40 hour week earns 15 sick days per year, which can be carried over each year to a maximum of 125 days.[11]


Vacation time is accrued each pay period. It takes one year to accrue total number of vacation days.[11]

Years of service Total vacation days
0-5 10
5-10 15
10-15 18
15-20 20
20-25 26
Over 25 28

Personal days

Each employee shall be granted four personal days per year.[11]



Rhode Island’s medical plan is a PPO that includes prescription coverage that is administered by UnitedHealthcare (UHC).[12][13] The amount of the employee's co-share varies depending on the employee's salary, and ranges from 15-25%, and the biweekly co-share amount for individual medical coverage ranges from $34.73 to $57.89.[14] The state pays $231.54 biweekly for individual coverage.[15]


Vision insurance is also available to employees who elect to participate.[16] The biweekly coshare amount ranges from $0.48 to $0.80.[14]


State employees may participate in the Dental Insurance PPO.[17][18] The biweekly co-share amount ranges from $2.06 to $3.46.[14]


Employees may purchase basic and supplemental life insurance through payroll deduction and employees are responsible for the full cost of both.[19]


Employees may elect to purchase (through payroll deductions) short term disability insurance and/or cancer insurance.[20]


See also: Rhode Island public pensions

Most Rhode Island state employees and certified public school teachers participate in the Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI).[21]

State employees generally contribute 8.75% of their salaries per year.[22][11] For state employees, the state contributes an actuarially determined percentage of the member's salary. In 2007, the rate was 18.4%.[22]

All members with 10 or more years of service are eligible for retirement on or after age 60 if they have credit for 10 years of service, or at any age if they have credit for 28 years of service.[22]

A Deferred Compensation Plan allows employees to accumulate tax-deferred savings for retirement. Employees can elect automatic payroll deductions, subject to the annual maximums. The maximum for 2009 is $16,500 ($22,000 for employees age 50 and over). The state offers plans from three providers.[23]

Other benefits

  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related or care-related expenses.[24]
  • Employee Assistance Program offers trained counselors to provide professional assistance with a wide range of issues.[25]
  • Group Legal, through which employees may purchase pre-paid legal services.[26]

See also

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