Wyoming state government salary
According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Wyoming and local governments in the state employed a total of 59,238 people. Of those employees, 42,781 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $163,483,434 per month and 16,457 were part-time employees paid $14,749,885 per month. More than 52% of those employees, or 30,986 employees, were in education or higher education.
State executive salaries
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
|Office||'10 salary||Current official|
|Secretary of State||$92,000||Max Maxfield|
|Attorney General||$137,000||Gregory Phillips|
As of 2008, the salary of Wyoming's governor ranked 40th 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.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
|Position||'10 salary||Current justice|
|Chief Justice||$131,500||Marilyn Kite|
|Associate Justice||$131,500||William U. Hill|
|Associate Justice||$131,500||Michael K. Davis|
|Associate Justice||$131,500||Barton Voigt|
|Associate Justice||$131,500||James Burke|
As of 2010. the salary of Wyoming's chief justice ranked 43rd 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.
As of 2010, the salaries of Wyoming's associate justices ranked 41st 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.
Data presented to the Wyoming legislature showed the average starting pay for a beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree in 2007-08 in Wyoming was $38,500. The national average was $33,600. That put Wyoming at seventh in teacher pay among the states. But, when the salary was adjusted for cost living factors, Wyoming was number one. Because of Wyoming’s lower cost of living, the Wyoming annual pay averaged $46,500 compared to $33,600.
In 2011 a consultant to the Wyoming legislature said the average starting salary for a teacher in Wyoming was $42,957. That compares to $32,932 for other states in the region. He said Wyoming teacher salaries has risen by 64 percent since 2001.
|Beginning teacher salary||Average salary|
School districts receive an external cost adjustment based on the Hedonic Wage Index, last updated in 2005, the Wyoming Cost of Living Index, or a value of 100, whichever is greater. The HWI is based on predicted base salary in each school district, controlling for differences in quality such as accepting a job in a school with a higher poverty rate or where the cost of living is lower.
State employee benefits
Employees of the state receive numerous benefits in addition to their salaries.
Paid days off
State employees earn annual leave based on the number of months they have been employed by the state:
|Number of months employed||Hours earned each month|
|1 - 48 months||8 hours per month (12 days per year)|
|49 - 108 months||10 hours per month (15 days per year)|
|109 - 168 months||12 hours per month (18 days per year)|
|169 - 228 months||14 hours per month (21 days per year)|
|over 229 months||16 hours per month (24 days per year)|
State employees receive nine paid holidays per year.
Employees earn eight hours of paid sick leave per month, which equals 12 days per year, with unlimited accumulation.
Employees may participate in the State Health Plan, which pays in-network and in-state providers for covered medical expenses at 80 or 85 percent.
State contribution levels are:
|Employee + spouse/dependents||$652.95|
Preventative dental is included in the state health plan and employees may elect enhanced coverage.
Employees may also elect to have life insurance. Life insurance and AD&D premiums together vary from $3.50 to a high of $26.60 per month, depending on age, and cost increases with age.
- See also: Wyoming public pensions
Employees participate in the Wyoming Retirement System. Employees contribute 5.57% of their salaries and the state contributes 5.68% of the employee's salary. An employee becomes fully vested upon completion of four years of service at retirement age.
Wyoming has the "85-year rule" in place for full retirement qualification -- your age plus your years of service must equal 85 to qualify for full benefits upon early retirement.
State employees also have the option of participating in the state's Deferred Compensation 457 Program.
- Flexible Spending Account
- Longevity pay - State employees receive longevity pay of $40 per month after completion of each five years of continuous service.
- 2008 Wyoming Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- The Los Angeles Times "Rebounding Wyoming economy, led by energy industry, boosts state revenue projections" Oct. 22, 2010 (dead link)
- The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
- The Council of State Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.3
- ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008” (dead link)
- National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- The Wyoming News, Wyoming teacher salaries among highest in nation, Sept. 17, 2010
- Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Groups look at raising teacher salaries, Sept. 17, 2011
- Teacher Salaries
- Billings Gazette, Wyoming lawmakers mull high teacher salaries, Sept. 16, 2011
- Deferred Compensation Plan Document