Maine state government salary

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

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Maine state legislators earned $13,852 per year for first regular session and $9,661 per year for second regular session.[1] Legislators also received $38 per day for housing, or mileage and tolls in lieu of housing (up to $38 per day), plus $32 per day for meals.[1] Per diem limits are set by statute.[2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $70,000 Paul LePage
Attorney General $83,844 William Schneider
Secretary of State $92,248 Charles Summers Jr.
Treasurer of State $83,844 Bruce Poliquin

As of 2010, the salary of Maine's governor ranked 50th 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.[4]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Maine judicial salaries[5]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $138,294 Leigh Ingalls Saufley
Associate Justice $119,476 Joseph Jabar
Associate Justice $119,476 Donald Alexander
Associate Justice $119,476 Jon Levy
Associate Justice $119,476 Warren Silver
Associate Justice $119,476 Andrew Mead
Associate Justice $119,476 Ellen Gorman

As of 2010, the salary of Maine's chief justice ranked 39th 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.[5]

As of 2010, the salaries of Maine's associate justices ranked 47th 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.[5]

State and local employees

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Maine and local governments in the state employed a total of 102,812 people.[6] Of those employees, 68,424 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $238,495,641 per month and 34,388 were part-time employees paid $24,146,291 per month.[6] More than 54% of those employees, or 56,31 employees, were in education or higher education.[6]

The Maine State Payroll is posted in searchable form on A searchable database of local government salaries is also found at[7]

Teacher salaries

The cost per student in Maine is $13,454, the 15th highest in the nation.[8] Maine's school system is currently $788 million in debt.[8]

Maine's education costs are 43% of the state budget

In Maine, how teachers are assessed and rewarded varies from school district to school district and largely depends on negotiations with teachers' unions.[9]

Teacher salaries[10]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$38,523 $48,627

Maine teachers participate in the Maine State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program.

State employee benefits

Employees of the State of Maine receive many benefits. Benefits made up between 35% and 44% of state employee overall compensation in 2009, depending on the department in which they worked.[11]



The State of Maine offers employees enrollment in its HMO health insurance plan.[12] It includes prescription drug coverage.[13]


Dental insurance is available to full-time or part-time employees, with the state contributing $13.29 biweekly for full-time employees.[14]


Although health insurance includes some vision coverage, employees may add supplemental vision insurance and have a choice among several plans.[15]

Long-term care insurance

Employees have the option of purchasing long-term care insurance.[16]


Commonwealth employees receive the following paid holidays:[17]

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

Other leave

  • 11 shut-down days per year (unpaid)


Employees may also participate in a deferred compensation plan.[18] Employees also contribute to the Maine Employee Retirement System].[19]

As prescribed in Maine’s constitution, the state has been funding the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) in amounts equal to the annual required contributions calculated according to Governmental Accounting Standards Board rules since 1998.[20]

MainePERS asset-to-liability level is only 67.7% for current pension plans, with the plan’s funding ratio also suffering from investment losses.[20] Currently, the pension plan has $8.3 billion of assets to cover the $12.3 billion of pension benefits promised.[20] Federal law considers a pension plan “endangered” when its funding ratio falls below 80 percent.[20] A study by the Institute for Truth in Accounting said that Maine taxpayers lost on average $3,000 in 2010 because of investment losses at PERS.[21]

Other benefits

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program - a separate program from the mental health benefits available under the health insurance plan[22]

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