Louisiana state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Louisiana state legislators earned $16,800 per year and received an additional $6,000 per year in an expense allowance.[1] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $149 per day, plus mileage tied to federal rate.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $130,000[4] Bobby Jindal
Lieutenant Governor $115,000 Jay Dardenne
Attorney General $115,000 Buddy Caldwell
Secretary of State $115,000 Tom Schedler
Treasurer of State $115,000 John Kennedy

As of 2010, the salary of Louisiana's governor ranked 24th 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.

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Louisiana judicial salaries[5]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $150,000 Catherine Kimball
Associate Justice $143,131 Greg Guidry
Associate Justice $143,131 Jeffrey Victory
Associate Justice $143,131 Jeannette Theriot Knoll
Associate Justice $143,131 Marcus Clark
Associate Justice $143,131 John Weimer
Associate Justice $143,131 Bernette Johnson

As of 2010, the salary of Louisiana's chief justice ranked 33rd 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.[5]

As of 2010, the salaries of Louisiana's associate justices ranked 30th 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.[5]

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Louisiana and local governments in the state employed a total of 314,294 people.[6] Of those employees, 262,442 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $890,536,559 and 51,852 were part-time employees paid $44,960,033.[6] More than 62% of those employees, or 163,332 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

Teacher salaries

Louisiana's education costs are 27% of the state budget

School funding comes from federal, state and local sources.

Teacher salaries[7]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$38,523 $48,627

Louisiana teachers participate in the Louisiana Teacher Retirement System.

State employee benefits

The State of Louisiana offers many benefits to its employees. To be eligible, an employee must work full-time in a permanent position.[8]



State employees choose from several different health insurance plans, including a PPO, HMO and EPO.[8]


The state offers fully-insured life insurance coverage. The state pays half of the life insurance premium for the covered employee and/or retiree.[8] Supplemental insurance is also available.[8]

Holidays for state employees include:[9]

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Mardi Gras Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


See also: Louisiana public pensions

Other benefits

A flexible benefits plan allows employees to make pre-tax contributions that can go into an account. Depending on the option(s) elected by the employee, the pre-tax money can be used to reimburse the employee for expenses related either to health care or to dependent care expenses. Under the Premium Conversion option, the employee's eligible insurance payroll deductions are made prior to the calculation of taxes.[8]

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