Arizona state government salary

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Arizona state government salaries in 2009 were 3.0% to 13.6% below private wages. This means that in 2009 the typical state employee brought home $1,293 to $5,713 less before taxes and deductions than the typical private employee in Arizona.[1]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Arizona and local governments in the state employed a total of 373,696 people, up from a total of 352,500 state and local government employees in 2007. Of those 373,696 employees in 2008, 289,646 were full-time employees receiving net wages of $1,211,330,199 per month and 84,050 were part-time employees paid $92,659,917 per month. More than 59% of those employees, or 221,264 employees, were in education or higher education.[2][3]

In 2012, Arizona government employees stood to earn a 5% raise under Governor Jan Brewer's "personnel reform" proposal if they gave up many of their civil service protections. Brewer's proposal would have stripped away much of the job security of all new hires, the newly promoted, attorneys, IT workers and anyone who wanted the 5% pay hike. The proposal aimed to provide greater flexibility in hiring, promoting and firing.[4]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Arizona state legislators earned $24,000 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $35 per day for the first 120 days of regular sessions and $10 per day thereafter. Members outside of Maricopa County received an additional $25 per day for the first 120 days of session and $10 per day for special sessions.[5][6]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[7]
Office '10 salary Official
Governor $95,000 Jan Brewer
Secretary of State $70,000 Ken Bennett
Attorney General $90,000 Tom Horne
Treasurer $70,000 Doug Ducey

As of 2008, the salary of Arizona's governor ranked 44th 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.[8]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Arizona judicial salaries[9]
Position '09 Salary Justice
Chief Justice $160,000 Rebecca White Berch
Associate Justice $155,000 John Pelander
Vice Justice $155,000 Ann Timmer
Associate Justice $155,000 Robert Brutinel
Associate Justice $155,000 Scott Bales

As of 2009, the salary of Arizona's chief justice ranked 21st 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.[9]

As of 2009, the salary of Arizona's associate justices ranked 20th 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.[9]

Teacher salaries

In 2009, the Arizona legislature made sweeping changes to state teacher contracts, removing seniority, salary and contract guarantees. As of 2009, school districts were prohibited from using tenure or seniority as a factor in determining which teachers could be laid off. Additionally, school districts no longer had to honor seniority when they rehired.[10]

Teacher salaries[11]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$31,888 $46,359


State employees receive ten paid holidays and may earn an additional 12 to 21 days of vacation leave per year, depending on the type of position and the employee’s tenure with the state. Employees are also provided 12 days of sick leave per year, of which up to five days can be used for the care of family members. Additional leave policies exist for pregnancy and maternity, education, jury duty and military service. [12]

The official paid holidays for state offices are:[13]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


State employees have a variety of choices for medical insurance, including EPO, PPO and HSA plans. Employees also have options for dental and vision insurance.[14]

Basic life insurance and long-term disability are provided by the state and employees have the option to purchase additional life insurance, short-term disability insurance and discounted auto and/or home insurance.[12]


See Arizona public pensions

The Arizona State Retirement System for state employees is described by the state as "an excellent retirement plan, with employee and employer contributions invested wisely." It also offers benefits such as health insurance to retired employees.[12]

In addition, state employees can also choose to participate in a deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.[12]

Flexible savings account

Employees may also take advantage of a flexible spending account that enables employees to withhold pretax dollars to be used for reimbursement for health-related expenses.[12]

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