New Hampshire state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, New Hampshire state legislators earned $200 per two-year term.[1] Legislators do not receive a per diem.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '09 salary Current official
Governor $113,834 Maggie Hassan
Secretary of State $104,364 William Gardner
Attorney General $110,114 Michael Delaney
Treasurer $104,364 Catherine Provencher

As of 2008, the salary of New Hampshire's governor ranked 35th 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.[3]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
New Hampshire judicial salaries[4]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Associate Justice $151,477 Robert J. Lynn
Chief Associate Justice $146,917 Linda Dalianis
Associate Justice $146,917 James Bassett
Associate Justice $146,917 Carol Conboy
Associate Justice $146,917 Gary Hicks

As of 2010, the salary of New Hampshire's chief justice ranked 24th 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.[4]

As of 2010, the salaries of New Hampshire's associate justices ranked 25th 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.[4]

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of New Hampshire and local governments in the state employed a total of 87,006 people.[5] Of those employees, 61,395 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $241,494,405 per month and 25,611 were part-time employees paid $28,122,822 per month.[5] More than 60% of those employees, or 52,352 employees, were in education or higher education.[5]

Of the top 100 earners among state employees in 2008, 96 worked in the University System of New Hampshire.[6] That year, the hockey coach at the University of New Hampshire earned $382,000, making him the highest paid state employee; he earned three times as much as the governor.[6]

The state's transparency website launched in December 2010 and includes a page to search what each state employee is paid. It is searchable by name, agency, job title and pay range.[7]

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[8]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$32,549 $49,872

According to the New Hampshire Department of Education, the average teacher salary in the 2009-2010 school year was approximately $51,443.[9] Compared to the 2008-2009 school year, the 2009-2010 average teacher salary saw an increase of $1,315.[10]

School year Min. starting teacher salary Avg. teacher salary Student to teacher ratio
2006-2007 $30,185[11] $46,797[12] 12.8[13]
2007-2008 $31,164[14] $48,310[15] 12.6[16]
2008-2009 $32,301[17] $50,128[18] 12.3[19]
2009-2010 $33,120[20] $51,443[21] 12.3[22]

State employee benefits

Insurance

Life

New Hampshire offers employees a variety of life insurance programs and the employee's share of the premium is paid through payroll deduction.[23] $20,000 is provided for by the state.[24] Employees may increase the amount $80,000 and include a variety of options, including accidental death and dismemberment insurance and plans for dependents.[25]

Health

Medical and dental benefits are available to all eligible state employees on the first day of the month following the completion of one full month of full-time regular employment. For health insurance, the employee may choose between a POS and HMO.[26] The employee makes a bi-weekly contribution of $30 and the state pays the remainder of the premium for single and family plans.[27] Part-time employees may also be eligible for health/dental insurance.[28]

Retirement

See also: New Hampshire public pensions

The New Hampshire Retirement System is a contributory public employee defined benefit pension plan.[29] Pensions are funded by employee contributions, employer contributions and trust fund assets.[29] Members who have at least 10 years of creditable service are vested and have earned their right to a pension.[30] Employees contribute 5% of their salaries.[31]

The deferred compensation program allows state employees to build retirement savings while reducing taxable income at the same time, through pre-tax payroll deduction.[32]

In 2010, The Portsmouth Herald reported that the state had been underfunding the retirement system due to a recession for several years, and as a result of this the pension system was underfunded by $3.7 billion.[33] By 2009, the New Hampshire Retirement System had only 58 percent of what was needed to cover the fund’s obligations.[33]

Holidays

The state gives its employees 10 paid holidays:[34]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Vacation

In the first year of employment, employees earn one day of vacation per month.[35]

Vacation time earned[35]

Years of service Days earned per month Days earned per year Maximum days
1-8 years 1.25 days 15 32
9-15 years 1.50 days 18 38
16-20 years 1.75 days 21 44
>-20 years 2.00 days 24 50

Sick

Sick time earned:[35]

Years of service Days earned per month Days earned per year Maximum days
0-12 months 1.25 days 15 15
1-8 years 1.25 days 15 90
9-15 years 1.25 days 15 105
16-20 years 1.25 days 15 120

Other benefits

Flexible Spending Accounts provide a way for state employees to set aside pre-tax money through payroll deduction in order to pay for anticipated health expenses not covered by the health insurance plan.[36]

The Employee Assistance Program is a confidential, voluntary resource provided by the Department of Health and Human Services to assist state employees and their families with a variety of life issues and challenges.[37]

Additional reading

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
  2. The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
  3. ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008”
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 2008 New Hampshire Public Employment U.S. Census Data
  6. 6.0 6.1 New Hampshire Union Leader "UNH coach Umile tops pay list" January 25, 2009
  7. TransparentNH State Employee Pay Search
  8. Teacher salaries
  9. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Teacher Average Salary 2009-2010," February 16, 2010
  10. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Teacher Average Salary 2008-2009," March 27, 2009
  11. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Minimum Starting Teacher Salary 2006-2007," October 1, 2007
  12. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Teacher Average Salary 2006-2007," October 28, 2007
  13. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Student to Teacher Ratio in New Hampshire Public Schools 2006-2007," April 27, 2007
  14. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Minimum Starting Teacher Salary 2007-2008," March 30, 2009
  15. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Teacher Average Salary 2007-2008," April 16, 2008
  16. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Student to Teacher Ratio in New Hampshire Public Schools 2007-2008," April 16, 2008
  17. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Minimum Starting Teacher Salary 2008-2009," March 30, 2009
  18. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Teacher Average Salary 2008-2009," March 27, 2009
  19. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Student to Teacher Ratio in New Hampshire Public Schools 2008-2009," March 27, 2009
  20. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Minimum Starting Teacher Salary 2009-2010," January 28, 2010
  21. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Teacher Average Salary 2009-2010," February 16, 2010
  22. New Hampshire Department of Education,"Student to Teacher Ratio in New Hampshire Public Schools 2009-2010," February 8, 2010
  23. Life Insurance
  24. Benefit Brochure
  25. Life Insurance
  26. Open Enrollment
  27. Contribution Chart
  28. Open Enrollment
  29. 29.0 29.1 NHRS Type of Plan
  30. NHRS Questions
  31. Benefits Brochure
  32. Deferred Compensation
  33. 33.0 33.1 New Hampshire Watchdog, Retirement system reforms paying off but there’s a long way to go, August 2, 2010
  34. Holidays
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Benefit Brochure
  36. Flexible Spending Accounts
  37. Employee Assistance Program