Mississippi state government salary
This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that Mississippi's public employees receive from state and local government.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Lieutenant Governor||$61,714||Tate Reeves|
|Secretary of State||$90,000||Delbert Hosemann|
|Attorney General||$108,960||Jim Hood|
As of 2008, the salary of Mississippi's governor ranked 28th 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||$115,390||William Waller|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Jim Kitchens|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Randy Pierce|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||David Chandler|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Josiah Coleman|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Leslie King|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Jess Dickinson|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Mike Randolph|
|Associate Justice||$112,530||Ann Lamar|
As of 2010, the salary of Mississippi's chief justice ranked 49th 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 Mississippi's associate justices ranked 50th 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.
State and local employees
According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Mississippi and local governments in the state employed a total of 218,186 people. Of those employees, 178,394 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $536,981,084 per month and 39,792 were part-time employees paid $33,298,846 per month. More than 55% of those employees, or 121,621 employees, were in education or higher education.
Mississippi is among the states where most government employees do not have the right to collective bargaining.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
According to state officials, in the 2009/2010 school year the base annual teacher salary with a bachelor's degree was approximately $30,900, as compared to the 2005/2006 base salary of $30,000. The average base salary with a master's degree was $32,960, compared to a base salary with a doctorate degree of $35,020 for the 2009/2010 school year.
|School year||Bachelor's base salary||Master's base salary||Doctorate base salary|
Between 2004 and 2012, 300 employees from 42 agencies traveled to conferences outside of the country. Dozens of trips were made to Puerto Rico by 64 employees. In total for in-state, out-of-state and out-of-country travel, the state has spent around $40 million annually.
State employee benefits
State employees may choose between two health insurance plans, a base high deductible plan and a select plan. An individual choosing either plan pays nothing for premiums.
Optional dental insurance is offered to employees after one month of service.
Group term life insurance available to employees covers 200% of the employee's basic annual earnings rounded to the next highest $1,000 increment and provides minimum coverage of $30,000 and maximum coverage of $100,000. Employees pay $0.30 per thousand dollars of annual salary.
Accidental death and dismemberment coverage is available and also covers 200% of the employee's basic annual earnings rounded to the next highest $1,000 increment.
- See also: Mississippi public pensions
The Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi is the retirement system for eligible public employees who work as regular employees. Participation by eligible employees is mandatory. To participate in the Retirement System, an individual must be employed as a regular employee whose employment is anticipated to exceed 4 and ½ months. Employees contribute 7.25% of their salary and the state contributes 12%. To be eligible to apply for a service retirement benefit, a PERS member must have four years of contributing membership service and be age 60 or any age if the member has 25 years of creditable service.
Deferred compensation is a supplemental retirement savings plan offered through the Mississippi Public Employees`Retirement System (PERS) and authorized under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Paid days off
Employees earn 18 days per year earned at the rate of 1½ days per month and are eligible to use the time after one month of service.
Employees earn 12 days per year at the rate of 1 day per month.
State employees receive 10 paid holidays per year.
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert E. Lee's Birthdays
- Washington's Birthday
- Confederate Memorial Day
- Memorial Day / Jefferson Davis's Birthday
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Will preparation and legal services - Phone access to a national network of accredited attorneys for consultation on simple wills, estate planning documents and other legal issues.
Travel assistance– Available 24/7 when traveling more than 100 miles from home for business or pleasure. Includes assistance to locate and access physicians, dentists, medical facilities, and pharmacies; arrange and pay for a medical evacuation or return of mortal remains; and provides interpreters.
Beneficiary financial counseling – Beneficiaries who receive at least $25,000 in policy benefits may use an independent beneficiary counseling service through Pricewaterhouse Coopers. They offer advice and counsel with the beneficiary's written consent.
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data, Accessed June 12, 2012
- The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
- The Council of State Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.3
- ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008”
- The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- 2008 Mississippi Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- MSNBC, Union Bargaining a Dream for Many State Workers, 2011
- Mississippi Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2009-2010," accessed May 8, 2010
- Mississippi Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2005-2006," accessed May 8, 2010
- Mississippi Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2006-2007," accessed May 8, 2010
- Mississippi Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2007-2008," accessed May 8, 2010
- Mississippi Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2008-2009," accessed May 8, 2010
- Clarion Ledger, Miss. government workers' travel tabs soar, June 24, 2012
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