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Mississippi state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Mississippi state legislators earned $10,000 per year.[1] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $109 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 $122,160[4] Phil Bryant
Lieutenant Governor $61,714 Tate Reeves
Secretary of State $90,000 Delbert Hosemann
Attorney General $108,960 Jim Hood
Treasurer $90,000 Lynn Fitch

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.[5]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Mississippi judicial salaries[6]
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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[7] More than 55% of those employees, or 121,621 employees, were in education or higher education.[7]

Teacher salaries

Mississippi is among the states where most government employees do not have the right to collective bargaining.[8]

Teacher salaries[9]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$30.090 $44,498

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.[10][11]

School year Bachelor's base salary Master's base salary Doctorate base salary
2005-2006[11] $30,000 $32,000 $34,000
2006-2007[12] $30,000 $32,000 $34,000
2007-2008[13] $30,900 $32,960 $35,020
2008-2009[14] $30,900 $32,960 $35,020
2009-2010[10] $30,900 $32,960 $35,020


Between 2004 and 2012, 300 employees from 42 agencies traveled to conferences outside of the country.[15] 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.[16]


Optional dental insurance is offered to employees after one month of service.[17]


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.[18] Employees pay $0.30 per thousand dollars of annual salary.[19]

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.[18]


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.[20] 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%.[20] 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.[20]

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.[21]

Personal leave

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.[22]

Medical leave

Employees earn 12 days per year at the rate of 1 day per month.[22]


State employees receive 10 paid holidays per year.[23]

  • 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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[18]

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