Vermont state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Vermont state legislators received a salary of $636.62 per week during the regular legislative session and $118 per day for special sessions or interim committee meetings.[1] Legislators received a per diem of $101 per day for lodging and $61 per day for meals for non-commuters; commuters received $61 per day for meals plus mileage.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $142,542 Peter Shumlin
Lieutenant Governor $60,507 Phillip Scott
Secretary of State $90,376 Jim Condos
Attorney General $108,202 Bill Sorrell
Treasurer $90,376 Elizabeth Pearce

As part of a budget rescission the governor imposed a five percent pay cut for all non-elected executive branch exempt employees making over $60,000 per annum on January 15, 2009. This pay cut became permanent on July 5, 2009. All of the salaries represented in this table were affected.[2]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Vermont judicial salaries[3]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $135,421 Paul Reiber
Associate Justice $129,245 Beth Robinson
Associate Justice $129,245 John Dooley
Associate Justice $129,245 Marilyn Skoglund
Associate Justice $129,245 Brian Burgess

As of 2010, the salary of Vermont's chief justice ranked 41st 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.[3]

As of 2010, the salaries of Vermont's associate justices ranked 42nd 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

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Vermont and local governments in the state employed a total of 49,997 people.[4] Of those employees, 35,463 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $136,336,597 per month and 14,534 were part-time employees paid $12,340,190 per month.[4] More than 62% of those employees, or 31,221 employees, were in education or higher education.[4]

Teacher salaries

From 2002 through 2006, total statewide public school spending on teacher salaries increased by 17.9%, an average of 4.5% per year. For the same period, spending on teacher aid salaries increased 28.2%, an average of 7.1% per year. By comparison, all other public school education expenditures combined grew 32.7%, or 8.2% per year, suggesting that these expenses were a larger driver of the overall increase in education spending.[5]

The increase in teacher salary expenditures was almost entirely a results of increasing salaries, as the number of teachers increased by only 1.2% over the entire five-year period. The average teacher salary rose by 17.9% over the five-year period, or 4.5% per year on average.[6]

Vermont allows collective bargaining for teacher and other public employment salaries.

Teacher salaries[7]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$33,100 $47,884

State employee benefits

Vermont employees receive many benefits in addition to their salaries.[8]

Annual leave

Employees accrue annual leave on a bi-weekly basis and are eligible to use annual leave after the first six months of employment. Eligibility to accrue annual leave and the rate at which the employee accrues is based on the position and bargaining unit, and information regarding specific number of days is not available on the state's Human Resources website.[9]


State employees are granted time off with pay for 11 legal holidays and one floating holiday. Subject to the operating needs of the department or agency, the employee may be granted the day after Thanksgiving off with pay.[9] The holidays are:[10]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Town Meeting Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Bennington Battle Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day - floating holiday
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Personal leave

Personal leave is provided to employees in classified service.[9] Non-management employees may earn at the rate of 10 hours of personal leave for not using more than eight hours of sick leave per quarter. Employee's eligibility to accrue personal leave and the rate at which it is accrued is based on position and bargaining unit.[9]

Sick leave

Paid sick leave is provided for absence from work with pay for personal or family illness or injury or medical appointments. Upon appointment to the classified service, employees are credited with a bank of 48 hours of sick leave that employees may use during the first six months of service.[9] Employee's eligibility to accrue sick leave and the rate at which it is accrued on a bi-weekly basis is based on position and bargaining unit.[9]


Employees may choose among four health insurance plans: a PPO, a POS, a SafetyNet plan and the Total Choice plan, which is an indemnity plan.[11] Those plans include prescription drug coverage and vision insurance.[12][13]

2010 premiums were as follows:[14]

Plan Coverage Total premium State share Employee share
Total Choice Plan One person $335.07 $268.06 $67.01
Total Choice Plan Two people $670.14 $536.11 $134.03
Total Choice Plan Family $921.45 $737.16 $184.29
Select Care POS Plan One person $280.43 $224.34 $56.09
Select Care POS Plan Two people $560.86 $448.69 $112.17
Select Care POS Plan Family $771.18 $616.94 $154.24
Healthguard PPO Plan One person $300.54 $240.43 $60.11
Healthguard PPO Plan Two people $601.08 $480.86 $120.22
Healthguard PPO Plan Family $826.50 $661.20 $165.30
SafetyNet Plan One person $196.47 $157.18 $39.29
SafetyNet Plan Two people $392.94 $314.35 $78.59
SafetyNet Plan Family $540.30 $432.24 $108.06

Dental insurance is provided to at no cost to employees and their eligible dependents.[15]

Employees receive long term disability insurance at no cost.[16]

The life insurance benefit is two times the employee's annual base salary, rounded down to the nearest $100 increment. The accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefit is an additional two times the employee's annual salary. Employees pay 25% of the premium. The state pays 75% of the premium. Employee cost for 2009 was $.0266 per $1,000 of coverage. Based on the example above with a benefit of $50,600, the employee cost would be $1.33 per payday.[17]


See also: Vermont public pensions

The Vermont State Retirement System (VSRS) is the public pension plan provided by the state for employees. Employees vest after five years of service.[18]

Employees also have the option of participating in the state's 457 deferred compensation plan.[19]

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