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

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[1]
Office '10 Salary Current Official
Governor $150,000[2] Martin O'Malley
Lieutenant Governor $125,000 Anthony Brown
Attorney General $125,000 Doug Gansler
Secretary of State $67,345 John McDonough
Treasurer of State $125,000 Nancy Kopp

As of 2010, the salary of Maryland's governor ranked 11th 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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Maryland state legislators earned $43,500 per year.[3] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $101 per day for lodging; meals $42 per day, out of state travel $225 per day for meals, tied to federal rate and compensation commission.[4]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Maryland judicial salaries[5]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $181,352 Robert Bell
Associate Justice $162,352 Sally Adkins
Associate Justice $162,352 Glenn Harrell Jr
Associate Justice $162,352 Lynne Battaglia
Associate Justice $162,352 Clayton Greene Jr
Associate Justice $162,352 Robert N. McDonald
Associate Justice $162,352 Mary Ellen Barbera

As of 2010, the salary of Maryland's chief justice ranked 7th 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 Maryland's associate justices ranked 18th 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 Maryland and local governments in the state employed a total of 339,137 people.[6] Of those employees, 266,704 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $1,275,723,872 per month and 72,433 were part-time employees paid $115,500,037 per month.[6] More than 56% of those employees, or 192,807 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

As of 2011, the 10 highest-paid employees in the state of Maryland were University of Maryland employees, according to a database compiled by The Washington Business Journal.[7]

Maryland's 10 highest salaries[8]
Salary Employee Department Title
$864,786 Stephen Bartlett University of Maryland Chair, Department of Surgery
$799,547 Edward Reece University of Maryland Vice president for medical affairs; dean of the School of Medicine
$790,621 Bartley Griffith University of Maryland Professor of surgery; chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
$710,000 Jay Perman University of Maryland, Baltimore President
$680,000 Bruce Jarrell University of Maryland Professor of surgery; Vice dean for academic affairs
$650,000 Jonathan Bromberg University of Maryland Professor of surgery and microbiology and immunology
$643,894 Vincent Pellegrini University of Maryland Professor and chair, Department of Orthopaedics
$638,927 Mandeep Mehra University of Maryland Herbert Berger Chair in Medicine; professor and head of cardiology;
$607,300 Andrew Pollak University of Maryland Professor of orthopaedics; chief, Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology
$589,056 David Ramsay University of Maryland Former President University of Baltimore (Retired 2010)

After the state's 10 highest-paid employees, there were nine other University of Maryland employees earning more than $500,000 annually as of 2011.[9]

University of Maryland - Baltimore officials said that the amounts reported by the comptroller’s office were accurate. However, the entire amount did not come from taxpayers. A university spokesman said that figures from the Comptroller’s Office tend to include research grants that doctors bring in, as well as some of the funds they make in their private practices. The spokesman said that most doctors who work for the medical school also see patients in their regular practices outside of their teaching work.[10]

Gary Williams, the former head coach for the University of Maryland men's basketball team, earned total compensation of $2.3 million in 2010. Williams earned a base salary of $450,869 and additional earnings from television and radio appearances, camps and academic and performance incentives.[11]

In all, as of 2012, there were 5,501 Maryland employees earning more than $100,000 annually, with 665 earning more than $200,000 annually.[12]

Agencies with highest salaries

According to a Maryland Reporter analysis of full-time salaried employees, the Board of Contract Appeals has the largest proportion of employees making six figures or more, with 60% in that top range.

Departments with highest payrolls[13]
Department Percent earning more than $100,000
Board of Contract Appeals 60 Percent
Governor's Office 26 Percent
Maryland Energy Administration 25 Percent
Board of Public Works 25 Percent
University of Baltimore 20 Percent
University of Maryland Baltimore 20 Percent
Office of the Capital Budget 20 Percent
State Treasurer’s Office 20 Percent
Chief Medical Examiner’s Office 20 Percent
Health Access/Cost Commission 20 Percent

Employees in the governor’s office have the next highest proportion of six-figure salaries; 26% of them are in the top tier. A quarter of the employees in the Maryland Energy Administration and the Board of Public Works (which only has eight employees) each make more than $100,000.

At least a fifth of all salaried employees at the University of Baltimore, University of Maryland - Baltimore, the Office of the Capital Budget, the State Treasurer’s Office, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, the Secretary’s Office in the Department of the Environment and the Health Access/Cost Commission make $100,000.

The average salaries in these departments are also some of the highest. According to an analysis of all annual salaries of employees, the average salary of an employee in the University System of Maryland’s main office is $98,703.

Some of the other departments with high average salaries include the Board of Contract Appeals, which pays an average of $89,067; the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, which has an average salary of $84,891; the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, with an average salary of $80,000 (with only two employees); University of Maryland - Baltimore, which pays an average of $79,711; and the Secretary’s Office in the Department of the Environment, with an average salary of $79,381. Close behind these is the Health Access/Cost Commission, with an average salary of $79,042.

Teacher salaries

Maryland State Education Association local affiliates negotiate contracts with local school boards over salaries, benefits and a range of working conditions.[14]

Maryland's education costs are 21% of the state budget
Teacher salaries[15]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$42,297 $62,849

State employee benefits

Employees of the State of Maryland receive many benefits.



Employees may choose from eight health insurance plans, including PPO plans, POS plans and EOS plans.[16] Prescription drug insurance is separate from health insurance.[17]


Dental coverage is available to all individuals who are eligible for state health benefits.[18]

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow employees to set aside money from each paycheck via pre-tax deductions to pay for a wide variety of common health care and dependent care expenses for the employee and his/her eligible dependents.[19]


Employees may choose life insurance coverage in $10,000 increments up to a maximum of $300,000. The employee may choose up to $50,000 guaranteed coverage without completing a medical history statement, but for coverage greater than $50,000, the employee must complete and submit a Statement of Health form to be reviewed by MetLife.[20] Employees may also purchase life insurance for their dependents.

The Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Plan is available to all active employees and their dependents who are eligible for health benefits with the state.[21]


State employees received 13 paid holidays in 2010.[22]

  • New Year's Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • President's Day
  • Service Reduction Day
  • Memorial Day Monday
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Gubernatorial Election Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • American Indian Heritage Day
  • Christmas Day


See also: Maryland public pensions

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