Average State Employees Compensation Package Costs $95K

Say what?

According to the Mackinac Center:

The average state employee compensation package costs approximately $93,039. Inflation-adjusted wages and benefits have increased 25 percent since fiscal 1999. The figures include the value of all benefits from state-paid retirement contributions to dry cleaning allowances.

It makes me wonder how much was spent on governmental labor organization’s lobbying efforts.


Right now i would be happy with half of that. At least what I earn is honestly negotiated.

2 comments for “Average State Employees Compensation Package Costs $95K

  1. molds
    April 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I find this hard to believe. Would like to see the data used to compile these figures. At what percent has the work force declined since ’99, and how many current employees are not covered by full benefits? I run a self supporting program within state government, paying state salaries and benefits – if the average cost per employee were $95K, I would be out of business.

    Remember numbers and statistics can be skewed to support either side of a debate

  2. April 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    According to the article, 15%

    I’m curious as what a “self supporting program” is if it’s a governmental program.

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