Utah state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Utah state legislators received a salary of $117 per calendar day during the legislative session.[1] Legislators received a per diem of $106 per day in lodging allotment for each calendar day and $61 per day meals.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $109,900[3] Gary Herbert
Lieutenant Governor $104,405 Gregory Bell
Attorney General $104,405 John Swallow
Treasurer $104,405 Richard Ellis

As of 2008, the salary of Utah's governor ranked 37th 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
Utah judicial salaries[5]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $147,350 Matthew Durrant
Associate Justice $145,350 Christine Durham
Associate Justice $145,350 Thomas Rex Lee
Associate Justice $145,350 Jill Parrish
Associate Justice $145,350 Ronald Nehring

As of 2010, the salary of Utah's chief justice ranked 30th 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 Utah's associate justices ranked 28th 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 Utah and local governments in the state employed a total of 179,899 people.[6] Of those employees, 112,162 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $445,209,194 per month and 67,737 were part-time employees paid $60,442,587 per month.[6] More than 60% of those employees, or 108,104 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

Utah gained national attention in 2008, being the first state government in the nation to adopt a 40-hour, four-day work week as a cost saving measure to address state revenue declines.[7]

As of 2010, the state budget director made approximately $124,200 per year.[8]

In 2012, according to the state budget, most Utah public employees received a one percent salary increase.[9]

Fund Budget Difference
State employees $11.8 million ($6.1 million GF/EF) +1% salary increase
Retirement costs $17.9 million ($10.3 million GF/EF) + $1.3 million ($1.1 million GF/EF)
Higher education $9.2 million ($7.1 million GF/EF) +1% salary increase.

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[10]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$32,393 $42,335

State employee benefits

Utah employees enjoy many benefits in addition to their salaries. The state estimates the value of the benefits to be $29,655 for an employee earning an annual salary of $45,936.[11]


Employees receive 10 paid holidays:[11][12]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Washington and Lincoln Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Pioneer Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Annual leave

Employees may earn a minimum of 13 days of annual leave per year and based on time in service, an employee can earn up to 22.75 days of annual leave per year.[11]

Sick leave

Thirteen days of sick leave per year, and there are no limits on the employee's accrual of sick leave.[11]

Other leave

Employees also receive jury duty leave, bereavement leave for funeral, military leave, disaster recovery leave, organ donor leave, and/or approved administrative leave.


Utah employees can choose from four medical plans, three dental plans, and two vision plans.[11]

Long term disability insurance (LTD) and $25,000 minimum life insurance is provided and funded by the state for all benefit eligible employees.[13][11]

Supplemental insurance is available to employees. Additional life insurance up to $325,000 can be purchased. Accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D) is also available for purchase.[11][14] Employees can also purchase discounted home and auto insurance and long term care insurance.[11]


See also: Utah public pensions

Employees participate in the Utah Retirement System. The summary of the system's 401k plan states, "Your employer determines the amount of any contribution made on its behalf into your account. At your employer’s discretion, this can be a fixed dollar amount, a percent of your wages, or it can be based on your deferrals (known as matching contributions)."[15]

In addition, employees may participate in the 457 deferred compensation programs for tax deferred retirement investments.[16]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are also available for qualified medical expenses or dependent care expenses.[11]
  • Education assistance - state agencies may assist an employee in the pursuit of educational goals by granting administrative leave to attend classes, a subsidy of educational expenses, or both.[11]
  • Employee Assistance Program and Life Assistance Counseling assist employees with personal and/or work-related problems.[11]

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