Texas state government salary

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State Information

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Texas and local governments in the state employed a total of 1,522,294 people.[1] Of those employees, 1,272,416 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $4,561,363,066 per month and 249,878 were part-time employees paid $269,315,916 per month.[1] More than 62% of those employees, or 953,262 employees, were in education or higher education.[1] Texas employs a higher share of its citizens in government than any other state in the country.[2]

The average state agency employee's salary was $37,365 as of 2010.[3]

Between 2000 and 2011, employment in the state's public sector jumped 19%.[4]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Texas state legislators received an annual salary of $7,200.[5] Legislators also received a per diem of $168 as set by the state's Ethics Commission.[5]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[6]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $150,000[7] Rick Perry
Lieutenant Governor $7,200 David Dewhurst
Secretary of State $125,880 John Steen
Attorney General $150,000 Greg Abbott
Comptroller $150,000 Susan Combs

As of 2008, the salary of Texas' governor ranked 11th 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.[8]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Texas judicial salaries[9]
Position '10 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $152,500 Wallace Jefferson
Associate Justice $150,000 Don Willett
Associate Justice $150,000 Debra Lehrmann
Associate Justice $150,000 John Devine
Associate Justice $150,000 Paul Green
Associate Justice $150,000 Nathan Hecht
Associate Justice $150,000 Jeffrey S. Boyd
Associate Justice $150,000 Phil Johnson
Associate Justice $150,000 Eva Guzman

As of 2010, the salary of Texas' chief justice ranked 23rd 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.[9]

As of 2010, the salaries of Texas' associate justices ranked 24th 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.[9]

Employee bargaining

In Texas, it is illegal for the government to enter into a formal bargaining relationship with the public sector.[10]

State employee benefits

Texas provides employees with many benefits, and the state asserts that the total value of its employee benefits package is equal to an individual's base salary plus 33 percent.[3] Those in charge of the pension fund rank number one and number four for best paid state agency leaders.[11] The pension’s chief investment officer received an annual salary of $480,000, while the investment-fund director was paid $330,000.

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries[12]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$32.868 $47,157

The value of time not worked (e.g., sick leave, vacation, holidays) amounts to $5,879 per year per employee.[3]


Some holidays are observed by all employees and others are optional. State offices are scheduled to be open on partial staffing holidays and optional holidays. An employee is entitled to observe optional holidays in lieu of any partial staffing holiday on which state offices are required to be open to conduct public business.

  • New Year's Day
  • Confederate Heroes Day (partial staffing holiday)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Texas Independence Day (partial staffing holiday)
  • Cesar Chavez Day (Optional Holiday)
  • Good Friday (Optional Holiday)
  • San Jacinto Day (partial staffing holiday)
  • Memorial Day
  • Emancipation Day In Texas (partial staffing holiday)
  • Independence Day
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Day (partial staffing holiday)
  • Labor Day
  • Rosh Hashanah (Optional Holiday)
  • Yom Kippur (Optional Holiday)
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Days before and after Christmas
  • Christmas

Vacation leave

A full-time employee will accrue a minimum of 8 hours per month of annual leave. A part-time employee will accrue leave on a proportionate basis. The hours accrued will be based on total years of state employment. Vacation with pay may not be granted until the employee has had continuous employment with the state for 6 months, although credit accrues during that period.[13]

Sick leave

Full-time state employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Employees who are parents, or stand in a parental relation, of a child who is a student attending a grade from pre-K-12 may use up to eight hours of sick leave each calendar year to attend parent-teacher conferences.[13]

Emergency leave

Employees may take up to three days of paid leave in the event of death of an immediate family member.[13]



Full-time employees are automatically enrolled in the HealthSelect plan option, and employees have the option of switching to an HMO.[3] Full-time employees selecting individual coverage pay nothing, and only pay when adding a spouse and/or children to their coverage.[3] Under HealthSelect, the state pays $385.38 for an employee with individual coverage and up to $753.22 for a member and family.[3]

Employee state health coverage includes prescription drug coverage, $5,000 basic group term life insurance with $5,000 of accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage provided free of charge.[3]


Employees can select from two different dental plans.[3]


In addition to the life insurance provided with health coverage, employees may purchase supplemental coverage of optional term life insurance at one or two times the employee's annual salary.[3]

Supplemental insurance

Voluntary accidental death and dismemberment insurance is also available.[3] Employees may also elect to obtain short term and long term disability insurance.[3] Long term care insurance is another option for employees.[3]


State employees participate in the Employee Retirement System of Texas.[14]

Employees become an ERS member and start a retirement account on the first of the month after the 90th day of employment.[3] The state deposits 6.95% of the employee’s salary into the ERS retirement fund; employees contribute 6.5% of their salaries.[3]

Texa$aver is a voluntary deferred compensation program available to state employees.[3]

Other benefits

  • TexFlex - flexible spending accounts allow employees to pay for planned out-of-pocket health and day care expenses with pre-tax dollars.[3]
  • Longevity pay - employees receive $20.00 per month for each 2 years of service, with a maximum of $420.00 available.[13]
  • Employee Assistance Program

Local government employees

See also: Texas local government salary

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

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