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Delaware state government salary

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Delaware state government salaries for teachers are made available online by the Delaware State Education Association for 2012. For other state workers, only older data exists.[1]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Delaware employed a total of 31,994 people. Of those employees, 23,424 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $97,842,620 per month and 8,570 were part-time employees paid $12,035,914 per month. More than 39% of those employees were in education or higher education.[2]

The 17,700 state employees not involved in education were slated for a pay freeze in FY 2012.[3]

State workers

The following is a breakdown of state workers for 2011 from the Delaware Office of Management and Budget - Human Resource Management:[4]

Agency Number of employees
Adv. Council for Except Citizens 3
Agriculture 216
Attorney General 425
Auditor 23
Board of Parole 8
Commissioner of Elections 224
Correction 2477
Criminal Justice 19
Criminal Justice Council 26
Economic and Development Office 41
Education 276
Finance 341
Fire Prevention 289
Governor 24
Health and Social Services 4473
Insurance Commissioner 69
Labor 508
Lt. Governor 5
National Guard 110
Natural Resources and Environmental Control 1387
Office of Management and Budget 421
Public Defender's Office 144
Safety and Homeland Security 3135
Services for Children, Youth and Their Families 1314
State 972
State Fire Marshall 62
State Fire Protection 1
State Housing Authority 20
Technology and Information 218
Treasurer 22
Grand Total 17253

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Delaware state legislators made $41,750 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a $7,334 annual expense allowance.[5][6]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[7]
Office '10 Salary Official
Governor $171,000 Jack Markell
Lieutenant Governor $74,345 Matthew Denn
Secretary of State $120,755 Jeffrey Bullock
Attorney General $137,425 Beau Biden
Treasurer $107,300 Chipman “Chip” Flowers Jr

As of 2008, the salary of Delaware's governor ranked 23rd 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
Delaware judicial salaries[9]
Position '09 salary Justice
Chief Justice $194,750 Myron Steele
Associate Justice $185,050 Randy Holland
Associate Justice $185,050 Carolyn Berger
Associate Justice $185,050 Henry Ridgely
Associate Justice $185,050 Jack Jacobs

As of 2010, the salary of Delaware's chief justice ranked third 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 2010, the salary of Delaware's associate justices ranked fifth 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]

Gov. Jack Markell's FY 2011 budget included a $6,100, or 3.6%, raise for 18 associate judges on the bench in Superior Court, bringing their annual salaries to $174,950. Under this budget, Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr.'s salary would have risen $2,100 to $185,750.[10]

Teacher salaries

A 2010 bill signed by the governor changed the way job offers are made to teachers. Previously, districts were not guaranteed their full share of state funding for teacher salaries until the official September 30th student count was issued by the state. As a result, the state made most of its job offers in the late summer and early fall, after other states and other districts had made offers. The bill was the result of the Teacher Hiring Task Force created in 2010. The measure established an ‘estimated unit count’ for the state’s school districts in April of each school year. School districts are now guaranteed to receive funds for paying teachers in the following school year that are equal to 98% of the funds justified by the estimated unit count.[11]

Teacher salaries[12]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$36,633 $56,667

Benefits

Insurance

Health insurance

Delaware state employees may choose among various health insurance plans, including a PPO plan, an HMO plan and a basic plan.[13]

Kind of insurance Total monthly rate State contribution Employee contribution
Basic Plan Employee $462.68 $462.88 $0
Basic Plan Employee & Spouse $957.32 $957.32 $0
Basic Plan Employee & Child(ren) $703.34 $703.34 $0
Basic Plan Family $1,196.68 $1196.68 $0
Aetna HMO Employee $485.34 $462.68 $22.66
Aetna HMO Employee & Spouse $1,025.30 $957.32 $67.98
Aetna HMO Employee & Child(ren) $742.94 $703.34 $39.60
Aetna HMO Family $1,279.12 $1,196.68 $82.44
BlueCare HMO Employee $485.78 $462.68 $23.10
BlueCare HMO Employee & Spouse $1,028.88 $957.32 $71.56
BlueCare HMO Employee & Child(ren) $743.76 $703.34 $40.42
BlueCare HMO Family $1,283.44 $1,196.68 $86.76
Comprehensive PPO Employee $535.58 $462.68 $72.90
Comprehensive PPO Employee & Spouse $1,111.70 $957.32 $154.38
Comprehensive PPO Employee & Child(ren) $826.52 $703.34 $123.18
Comprehensive PPO Family $1,389.80 $1,196.68 $193.12
[14]

Dental insurance is an option available to employees, but the state does not contribute.[15]

Life insurance

Employees also receive group universal life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.[16]

Disability insurance

Employees receive short-term disability and long-term disability insurance.[17]

Supplemental insurance

  • Vision Insurance is available to full-time employees, part-time employees working a minimum of 15 hours per week and pensioners.
  • Home/automobile insurance is available to full-time employees, part-time employees working a minimum of 15 hours per week and pensioners.
  • Long-term care insurance is available to full-time employees, part-time employees working a minimum of 15 hours per week and pensioners.
  • Group legal services are available to full-time employees, part-time employees working a minimum of 15 hours per week and pensioners.
  • Pet insurance[18]

Holidays

Full-time, permanent employees of the State of Delaware received the following paid holidays in 2010:[19]:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Election Day
  • Return Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Retirement

See also: Delaware public pensions

The State of Delaware contributes to employee pension plans.

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Account - Employees may contribute pre-tax dollars and then be reimbursed with it for either health care expenses or dependent care expenses, depending on the account.[20]
  • Pre-Tax Commuter Benefit[21]
  • Employee Assistance Program[22]

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