Kansas state government salary

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State Information

Government jobs have increased in Kansas by 8 percent in the past decade.[1]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Kansas and local governments in the state employed a total of 241,713 people.[2] Of those employees, 172,212 were full-time employees receiving net wages of $584,592,296 per month and 69,501 were part-time employees paid $55,185,557 per month.[2] Nearly 60% of those employees, or 144,587 employees, were in education or higher education.[2]

The state itself employed over 23,000 as of 2011.[3] Approximately 11 percent or fewer of Kansas' government workers leave their jobs each year, compared with 18 percent or more in the private sector.[3]

The Kansas Policy Institute powers KansasOpenGov.org, which includes a State Government Payroll Database updated through 2011.[4]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Kansas state legislators made $88.66 per day.[5] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $123 per day, plus mileage tied to federal rate.[6]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[7]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor 110,707 Sam Brownback
Lieutenant Governor $100,000 Jeff Colyer
Secretary of State $86,003 Kris Kobach
Attorney General $98,901 Derek Schmidt
Treasurer $82,563 Ron Estes

As of 2008, the salary of Kansas's governor ranked 36th 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
Kansas judicial salaries[9]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $139,310 Lawton Nuss
Associate Justice $135,905 Marla Luckert
Associate Justice $135,905 Carol Beier
Associate Justice $135,905 Eric Rosen
Associate Justice $135,905 Lee Johnson
Associate Justice $135,905 Daniel Biles
Associate Justice $135,905 Nancy Moritz

As of early 2010, the salary of Kansas's chief justice ranked 37th 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 salaries of Kansas's associate justices ranked 39th 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]

Local government employees

See also: Kansas local government salary

Teacher salaries

The Kansas state constitution requires that the state legislature provide for "intellectual, educational, vocational and scientific improvement by establishing and maintaining public schools, educational institutions."[10]

In 2010, the Kansas State School Board recommended "funding the law," which would increase the education budget by $471 million, or 15 percent, for the 2011-2012 school year.[11]

Kansas' education costs are 52.3% of the state budget
Teacher salaries[12]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$31,763 $46,401

State employee benefits

The state of Kansas provides its employees with many benefits. To qualify for benefits, an employee must be in a permanent position and work more than 1,000 hours per year.[13]


The maximum vacation accrual earned each payroll period and the maximum vacation leave balance that may be accumulated are as follows:[13]

5 years and less than 10 years || 4.7 hours ||176 hours
Length of service Maximum biweekly vacation accrual per payroll period Maximum accumulation
Less than 5 years 3.7 hours 144 hours
10 years and less than 15 years 5.6 hours 208 hours
15 years and over 6.5 hours 240 hours

At the end of the last payroll period paid in each fiscal year, up to 40 hours of any accrued vacation leave that exceeds an employee’s maximum accumulation of hours shall be converted to sick leave, and any time over that is forfeited.[13]


Holidays for state employees include:[13]

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • the Friday following Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Sick leave

Eligible full-time employees’ sick leave accrues at a maximum rate of 3.7 hours per biweekly payroll period. Eligible non-exempt employees who are in pay status less than 80 hours in a biweekly payroll period will accrue sick leave based on a prorated schedule.[13]



Employees have a 60-day waiting period between first date of employment and date of eligibility for health benefits.[13]

Employees may choose from several medical plans, including HMO, PPO and Qualified High Deductible Health Plan options. Enrollment in the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan also requires enrollment in a Health Savings Account (HSA). Prescription drug coverage is provided for all employees/participants enrolled in any State of Kansas medical plan.[13]

For full-time employees, the State of Kansas generally contributes 95% of the cost of single health plan coverage and 45% of the additional cost for dependent coverage. The amount contributed by the agency for part-time employees is generally 75% of the amount contributed for full-time employees.[13] Kansas state government employees pay 6 percent of the cost of their health care versus private sector plans, which on average usually ask employees to cover 23 percent of the costs.[14]


Dental coverage is only available for employees/participants enrolled in medical coverage.[13]


Employees may enroll in the vision coverage level of their choice regardless of their medical or dental insurance enrollment.[13]


All benefits-eligible state employees have group life insurance coverage. The state pays the entire cost of the coverage. The group life insurance coverage provides an insured death benefit, which is currently 150% of the employee's annual rate of compensation.[13] All benefits-eligible employees may elect to purchase optional group life insurance coverage through additional payroll deductions.[13]

All benefits eligible state employees have long-term disability insurance coverage paid for fully by the state.[13]


See also: Kansas public pensions

Following one year of service, employees become members and begin contributing to Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS). Employee contributions are set by statute, which currently requires 4 percent of gross compensation. Employer contributions may fluctuate depending on the funding needs of KPERS. The employer contributions remain with KPERS at the time an employee terminates and withdraws.[13]

Deferred compensation plans are authorized under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. The State of Kansas offers this defined contribution plan to its employees as a supplement to their regular retirement income from the state.[13]

Other benefits

KanElect allows the employee to pay for health plan premiums, non-reimbursed health care expenses and dependent daycare expenses with pretax dollars.[13] There are three benefit plans under KanElect[13]:

  • Pretax Premium Option - allows the employee to pay for the cost of health plan premiums with pretax or after-tax dollars.
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account - allows the employee to use pretax dollars to pay health care expenses allowed by the IRS but not reimbursed by medical, dental, prescription drug or vision insurance.
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account - allows the employee to use pretax dollars to pay for work related daycare expenses.

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