Pennsylvania state government salary

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State Information

In July 2010, when the state was facing furloughs of layoffs, Gov. Rendell said that he strongly supported legislation to restructure pension benefits. Rendell proposed that to prevent furloughs or layoffs, the unions should accept no pay increase. He conceded, however, that "[t]here is virtually no chance of that going through."[1]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Pennsylvania and local governments in the state employed a total of 696,616 people.[2] Of those employees, 529,454 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $2,152,542,653 per month and 167,162 were part-time employees paid $178,554,748 per month.[2] More than 57% of those employees, or 399,454 employees, were in education or higher education.[2]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Pennsylvania state legislators received a salary of $78,314.60.[3] Legislators received a per diem of $154 per month.[3]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[4]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $174,914 Tom Corbett
Lieutenant Governor $146,926 Jim Cawley
Secretary of the Commonwealth $125,939 Carol Aichele
Attorney General $145,529 Kathleen Kane
Treasurer $145,529 Rob McCord

As of 2008, the salary of Pennsylvania's governor ranked 6th 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
Pennsylvania judicial salaries[6]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $191,876 Ronald Castille
Associate Justice $186,450 Thomas Saylor
Associate Justice $186,450 Max Baer
Associate Justice $186,450 Seamus McCaffrey
Associate Justice $186,450 Joan Orie Melvin
Associate Justice $186,450 J. Michael Eakin
Associate Justice $186,450 Debra Todd

As of 2010, the salary of Pennsylvania's chief justice ranked 5th 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 Pennsylvania's associate justices ranked 3rd 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]

Local government employees

See also: Pennsylvania local government salary

In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[7]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$38,229 $57,237

State employee benefits


State employees receive the following 11 paid holidays:[8]

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

Annual leave

Full-time employees working a 40 hour work week earn annual leave as follows:[9]

Time of service Rate of accumulation Maximum annual leave entitlement per year
Up to 3 years 3.85% of all hours paid 80 hours (10 days)
Over 3 years to 15 years inclusive 5.77% of all hours paid 120 hours (15 days)
Over 15 years to 25 years inclusive 7.70% for all hours paid 160 hours (20 days)
Over 25 years 10% for all hours paid 208 hours (26 days)

Personal leave

Employees receive a personal leave day in their first full year of employment in a full-time position; employees earn two personal leave days in their second year and four personal days (one per quarter) in their third year of employment.[9]

Sick leave

The Commonwealth allows employees to accumulate sick leave at a rate of 5% of their regular paid hours, which amounts to 13 days per year for employees working 40 hour work weeks.[9]


All permanent employees who are continuously scheduled to work are eligible for the Commonwealth's life insurance coverage, which is equal to the employee's salary up to $40,000.[10]

Optional insurance available to state employees includes term life Insurance, dependent term life insurance, long term disability insurance and long term care insurance, auto insurance and home insurance.[11]


See also: Pennsylvania public pensions

Employees participate in the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). SERS is a defined benefit plan, funded through a combination of employee and employer contributions, as well as investment earnings.[12] Most members contribute 6.25% of their salaries.[13] The employer contribution varies depending on investment returns and has ranged from 18% of salary to 0%.[13]

Employees also have the option of participating in the Commonwealth's Deferred Compensation Program in order to supplement pension benefits. Under this program, employees pay no federal income tax on contributions into the program. Funds are not taxable until they are withdrawn from the program, usually at retirement.[9]

Other benefits

  • Family Care Account Program (FCAP) provides employees with the opportunity, through payroll deductions, to use pre-tax income to pay for family care expenses that are incurred to enable them to work. This program allows employees to pay for expenses incurred for eligible employment-related care for children, disabled elder parents and other dependents with salary exempt from federal income and Social Security taxes.[14]
  • Health Savings Account gives employees the opportunity to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses.[15]

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