Kansas state government salary
Government jobs have increased in Kansas by 8 percent in the past decade.
According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Kansas and local governments in the state employed a total of 241,713 people. 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. Nearly 60% of those employees, or 144,587 employees, were in education or higher education.
The state itself employed over 23,000 as of 2011. Approximately 11 percent or fewer of Kansas' government workers leave their jobs each year, compared with 18 percent or more in the private sector.
The Kansas Policy Institute powers KansasOpenGov.org, which includes a State Government Payroll Database updated through 2011.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Lieutenant Governor||$100,000||Jeff Colyer|
|Secretary of State||$86,003||Kris Kobach|
|Attorney General||$98,901||Derek Schmidt|
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.
|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.
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.
Local government employees
- See also: Kansas local government salary
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."
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.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
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.
Paid time off
The maximum vacation accrual earned each payroll period and the maximum vacation leave balance that may be accumulated are as follows:
|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.
Holidays for state employees include:
- 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
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.
Employees have a 60-day waiting period between first date of employment and date of eligibility for health benefits.
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.
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. 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.
Dental coverage is only available for employees/participants enrolled in medical coverage.
Employees may enroll in the vision coverage level of their choice regardless of their medical or dental insurance enrollment.
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. All benefits-eligible employees may elect to purchase optional group life insurance coverage through additional payroll deductions.
All benefits eligible state employees have long-term disability insurance coverage paid for fully by the state.
- 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.
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.
KanElect allows the employee to pay for health plan premiums, non-reimbursed health care expenses and dependent daycare expenses with pretax dollars. There are three benefit plans under KanElect:
- 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.
- How much it costs individual Kansans to support state government employees
- 2007 state employee salary information from the Wichita Eagle (dead link)
- Searchable Database of State Employee information, 2007, Kansas City Star (dead link)
- Kansas Open Gov List of Salaries
- Kansas Watchdog, Job Numbers Are Up, Including Government Jobs, Sept. 3, 2010
- 2008 Kansas Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- Kansas Reporter "Kansas offers buyouts to 4,000 state workers" August 2, 2011
- KansasOpenGov.org" "State Government Payroll Database.
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data," accessed June12, 2012
- The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
- ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008” (dead link)
- The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- Kansas Constitution, "Article 6, Section 1," accessed February 27, 2010
- Kansas Watchdog, State Education Board Makes Budget Recommendations, July 13, 2010
- Active State Employees Benefit Guide
- Kansas Watchdog, Kansas State Employees Get Discount Healthcare, Sept. 9, 2010