Oregon state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Oregon state legislators received a salary of $21,612 per year.[1] Legislators received a per diem of $116 per day, which was tied to the federal rate.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $93,600 John Kitzhaber
Secretary of State $72,000 Kate Brown
Attorney General $77,200 Ellen Rosenblum
Treasurer $72,000 Ted Wheeler

As of 2008, the salary of Oregon's governor ranked 47th 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
Oregon judicial salaries[4]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $128,556 David V. Brewer
Associate Justice $125,688 Thomas Balmer
Associate Justice $125,688 Robert Durham
Associate Justice $125,688 Jack Landau
Associate Justice $125,688 Rives Kistler
Associate Justice $125,688 Martha Lee Walters
Associate Justice $125,688 Virginia Linder
Associate Justice $125,688 Richard C. Baldwin

Jack Landau was expected to take office on January 1, 2011, when Michael Gillette's term expired.[5]

As of 2010, the salary of Oregon's chief justice ranked 42nd 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 Oregon's associate justices ranked 43rd 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 Oregon and local governments in the state employed a total of 240,869 people.[6] Of those employees, 162,483 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $697,533,856 per month and 78,386 were part-time employees paid $91,446,734 per month.[6] More than 55% of those employees, or 132,759 employees, were in education or higher education.[6] Another report revealed that some of the highest-paying public jobs in Oregon were correctional facility doctors, who made more than $250,000 annually.[7]

Recent history of state worker pay[8]

  • 2007 Gov. Ted Kulongoski offered pay raises ranging from 11 percent to 24 percent to managers and supervisors. The governor offered an additional step increase worth 4.75 percent in addition to cost-of-living increases after unions protested.
  • 2008 The governor's proposed budget included no cost-of-living increases and as many as eight unpaid furlough days for state workers.
  • 2009 As state revenues declined, unions agreed to a two-year freeze on cost-of-living raises, a one-year freeze on step increases, and 10 to 14 furlough days, depending on the employee's pay level.
  • 2010 Gov. Kulongoski ordered continuation of pay freezez for non-represented state managers and supervisors and asked the unions to continue the freeze on step increases, but the unions did not agree, as of June 2010.

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[9]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$31,566 $54,085

Transportation authority salaries

In 2009 the total compensation for 24 TriMet bus operators, 6 max operators and 1 streetcar operator was more than six figures.[10] About 6.8 percent of the 2,931 people (200 people) in the GovDocs database earned more than six figures in compensation, not including pension benefits.[10] Average compensation for bus operators was $75,800, $82,500 for light operators, and $80,750 for streetcar operators.[10]

State employee benefits


Vacation time accrual:[11]

Years of service Hours accrued by classified employee Hours accrued by management and executive employees
1 - 5 years (first through 60th month) 8 hours/month 10 hours/month
6 - 10 years (60th through 120th month) 10 hours/month 11.34 hours/month
11 - 15 years (121st through 180th month) 12 hours/month 13.34 hours/month
16 - 20 years (180th through 240th month) 14 hours/month 15.34 hours/month
After 20 years (After 240th month) 16 hours/month 17.34 hours/month
After 25 years (after 301st month) 18 hours/month 19.34 hours/month


Oregon is the only state in the nation in which state employees do not contribute to any of their insurance premiums, be it family or individual health plans.[12]


See also: Oregon public pensions

Upon completion of six full calendar months of state service, the employee is enrolled into the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP), administered by PERS. The state contributes to the employee’s retirement account the equivalent of 6% of the employee’s gross salary.[13]

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