Ohio state government salary

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

As of 2010, 12 percent of Ohioans identified themselves as working for federal, state, or local government.[1] Although Ohio was the seventh-most populous state at the time, it had the lowest percentage of government workers among the 50 states, according to a Gallup study.[1]

The median personal income for all Ohioans was $31,284, but public employees of the state of Ohio had a median pay about 33 percent higher at $41,350. Nearly 1,000 state employees made more than $100,000 in 2010, according to a Dayton Business Journal review of state worker pay provided by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. This did not include employees of state colleges, which often have administration officials and even athletic department employees who earn more than $100,000.[2]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Ohio state legislators received a salary of $60,584 per year.[3] Legislators did not receive a per diem.[3]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[4]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $144,269[5] John Kasich
Lieutenant Governor $142,501 MaryTaylor
Secretary of State $109,554 Jon Husted
Attorney General $109,554 Mike DeWine
Treasurer $109,554 Josh Mandel

As of 2008, the salary of Ohio's governor ranked 14th 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.[6]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Ohio judicial salaries[7]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $150,850 Maureen O'Connor
Associate Justice $141,600 Paul Pfeifer
Associate Justice $141,600 William O'Neill
Associate Justice $141,600 Sharon L. Kennedy
Associate Justice $141,600 Terrence O'Donnell
Associate Justice $141,600 Judith Ann Lanzinger
Associate Justice $141,600 Robert Cupp

As of 2010, the salary of Ohio's chief justice ranked 28th 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.[7]

As of 2010, the salaries of Ohio's associate justices ranked 31st 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.[7]

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Ohio and local governments in the state employed a total of 750,760 people.[8] Of those employees, 539,008 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $2,188,567,523 per month and 211,752 were part-time employees paid $208,806,484 per month.[8] More than 54% of those employees, or 409,618 employees, were in education or higher education.[8]

Mental health professionals and IT workers were the most highly paid public salaries in the state, exceeding $100,000 annually.[9]

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are negotiated through collective bargaining agreements. A bill defeated in the legislature in 2011 would have blocked bargaining over class sizes, school assignments, and provisions that restrict principals from assigning workloads and job responsibilities. It also would have given school boards broad powers to put in place their final offer in negotiations with unions if the two sides could not come to an agreement. Additionally, the measure would have forbidden districts from giving preference in layoff decisions to teachers with more seniority, a provision similar to those approved in a number of other states, such as Florida and Idaho. The law also would have created a merit-pay system for teachers, though it was unclear how educators' performance would be judged. A separate law approved by Ohio's legislature also established a performance-pay system.[10]

Teacher salaries[11]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$31,876 $54,656

For higher education, the OSU president was the most highly paid public university president in the nation, earning $8.6 million annually, and expensing $7.7 million in travel during 2011.[12]

Senate Bill 5 and union issues

Sen. Shannon Jones introduced Senate Bill 5. The Ohio legislature approved the bill and Governor John Kasich signed it into law.[13][14] Senate Bill 5 limits the collective-bargaining rights of 400,000 public employees, including 42,000 state workers and 19,500 workers in the state's university and college system.[15][16] It also requires state employees to pay at least 20% of their health insurance premiums, eliminates tenure as a consideration when deciding on layoffs, and institutes merit-based pay for some public sector workers.[17] The bill also ends salary schedules.[18] In addition, public employees who strike would have two days of wages deducted from their paychecks for each day of a strike, and public employees violating a court injunction against a strike would face additional fines and jail time.[19] Opponents have vowed to have a referendum on the bill on the November ballot.[20]

Union provisions in House budget

The House budget proposal included provisions on merit pay for public workers similar to those in Senate Bill 5. The House budget included a measure that would end continuing contracts for new teachers and included criteria for teacher performance evaluations that appeared similar to what was in Senate Bill 5. Some questioned whether the inclusion of such provisions was meant to counter the referendum on Senate Bill 5.[21]

State employee benefits

Ohio state employees receive many benefits in addition to their salaries.


State employees receive 10 paid holidays:[22]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day



Employees who are a permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee are eligible for medical insurance.[23] Employees may choose among PPO and HMO offerings from five providers. The premiums paid by employees for individual coverage range from $26.74 to $30.50 per month.[24] For family coverage, employees pay between $78.91 and $89.25.[24] The state pays the remainder of the premium cost.[24]

Employees who are enrolled in any of the health plans are automatically enrolled in pharmacy benefits.[25]


If an exempt employee has one year of continuous state service, the state pays the full cost for the employee and eligible dependents to participate in a dental plan.[26]


The state provides exempt employees who have more than one year of continuous state service with vision care benefits at no cost. Employees may choose between two vision plans.[27]


The state provides certain exempt employees who have more than one year of continuous state service with basic term life insurance benefits. The amount of life insurance is equal to 100% of the employee’s annual salary, rounded up to the next closest $1,000 increment.[28] Employees are eligible to enroll in a supplemental life insurance program, administered by Prudential, at their own cost.[29]

Long-term care

State employees may purchase long-term care through the state's provider.[30]


See also: Public pensions

Employees participate in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.[31] Staff contribute 10% of their salaries each pay period to the retirement plan, which is deducted on a pre-tax basis, and the state contributes 14% of the employee's salary.[32][33]

Employees may also participate in the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan.

Journalists denied pension records

Eight newspapers were denied access to the state's public employee pension records.[34] State Reps. Stephen Dyer and Matt Lundy were both troubled about the denial of the request, and wanted to open the records to the public.

The newspapers requested records of salaries, benefits, ages, years of service and contributions to the systems by individual. There were 400,000 people receiving benefits in Ohio as of 2010. The newspapers asked the systems to withhold names, addresses and any information that would identify individuals.[35]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Employees can establish a dependent care spending account and a health care spending account.[36]
  • Employee Assistance Program is a screening, information, referral and support service for state employees and their family members. The Ohio EAP is designed to help employees cope with personal problems.[37]
  • For employees with a federal adjusted gross income of under $35,000, the state offers childcare vouchers that are cash grants once a year for work-related child care expenses.[38]

Public employee salary databases

State Last updated Database Information available Sponsoring group
Ohio 2012 (updated each pay period) Department of Administrative Services PDF report of state employee salaries State of Ohio
Ohio 2010 State Salaries Different searchable salary databases. Buckeye Institute
Ohio 2010 Southwest Ohio Local Government Wage and Benefit Survey Wages and benefits for Ohio cities, village, and townships based on survey data
Ohio 2010 Government Salaries Top salaries for government entities in Allen, Auglaize, Putnam and Van Wert counties The Lima News
Ohio 2010 School District Salaries Top 10 salaries from school districts in Allen, Auglaize, Putnam and Van Wert counties The Lima News
Ohio 2009 Ohio State University payroll
Ohio 2009 Ohio State Salaries Database with over 65,000 State of Ohio employees' salaries and overtime from 2009 NBC4
Ohio 2009 Ohio state employee payroll in 2009 Pay and overtime for all Ohio state employees for 2009 The Journal News, State of Ohio
Ohio 2009 University of Toledo Salaries Searchable database with the salaries of almost 5,500 employees of the University of Toledo The Toledo Blade
Ohio 2008 Miami University Payroll Database of Miami University and Oho State University Public Salaries The Collegiate Times
Ohio 2008 Public Salary Information Salary information for employees in Ohio counties, cities, townships, and schools The Western Star
Ohio 2005 2005 Salary Lists Educator salaries and government employee salaries for select Ohio counties
Ohio Salary Databases Salary databases for state of Ohio employees and Ohio Public School Districts OhioCASB (Citizens Accounting Standards Board)
Ohio State Employee Data List of each state employee, his/her agency, position title, and gross pay State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services Employee Data

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gallup "Gov't. Employment Ranges From 38% in D.C. to 12% in Ohio" August 6, 2010
  2. Dayton Business Journal, Analysis: Ohio generous with public salaries, May 15, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
  4. The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
  5. The Council of State Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.3
  6. The Council of State Governments, "The Book of the States: 2008"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 2008 Ohio Public Employment U.S. Census Data
  9. MSNBC's Red Tap Chronicles, Does your city manager earn $800,000?, Sept. 23, 2010
  10. Ed Week, Ohio Voters Reject Law Limiting Teachers' Collective Bargaining, Nov. 8, 2011
  11. [2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z%20TO%202012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z
  12. Dayton Daily News, OSU president expenses in the millions, Sept. 24, 2012
  13. The Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ohio House approves overhaul of collective bargaining law" March 30, 2011
  14. The Atlanta Journal Constitution "Ohio House OKs collective bargaining limits" March 30, 2011
  15. The Wall Street Journal "Budget Battles Roil Straitened States" Feb. 25, 2011
  16. Reuters "Ohio Republicans may modify state worker union bill before vote" Feb. 25, 2011
  17. CNN.com "Debate over workers' rights heats up in Ohio" Feb. 18, 2011
  18. WTOV.com "Unions Rallying Against Senate Bill 5 In Columbus Tuesday" Feb. 21, 2011
  19. ABCNews.com "Ohio Public Employee Unions Lose; Wisconsin And Indiana Democrats Seek Deals" March 2, 2011
  20. The Columbus Dispatch "SB 5 opponents move swiftly to get referendum on ballot" April 4, 2011
  21. The Columbus Dispatch "House GOP budget hits the casinos, adds $70 million in spending" April 28, 2011
  22. Benefits
  23. Medical Insurance Information
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Cost Comparison Chart
  25. Pharmacy Benefits
  26. Dental Benefits
  27. Vision Insurance
  28. Life Insurance
  29. Supplemental Life Insurance
  30. Long Term Care
  31. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
  32. Contributions
  33. Cleveland Plain Dealer Sept. 7, 2009 "Equalize State Employee Tax Pay"
  34. Ohio Watchdog, Ohio Newspapers Denied Access to Public Employee’s Pension Information, Aug. 13, 2010
  35. Dispatch, Lawmakers want to open pension records, Aug. 13, 2010
  36. Flexible Spending Accounts
  37. Employee Assistant Program
  38. Childcare Vouchers