Arizona state government salary
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Arizona state government salaries in 2009 were 3.0 to 13.6 percent below private wages. This means that in 2009 the typical state employee brought home $1,293 to $5,713 less before taxes and deductions than the typical private employee in Arizona.
According to 2008 Census data, the state of Arizona and local governments in the state employed a total of 373,696 people, up from a total of 352,500 state and local government employees in 2007. Of those 373,696 employees in 2008, 289,646 were full-time employees receiving a net pay of $1,211,330,199 per month and 84,050 were part-time employees paid $92,659,917 per month. More than 59% of those employees, or 221,264 employees, were in education or higher education.
In 2012, Arizona government employees could get a 5 percent raise under Governor Jan Brewer's "personnel reform" proposal if they give up many of their civil service protections. If Brewer’s proposal becomes law, it would strip away much of the job security of all new hires, the newly promoted, attorneys, IT workers, and anyone who wants a 5 percent pay hike. The new proposal aims to provide greater flexibility when it comes to hiring, promoting and firing.
Arizona state legislators earn $24,000 per year. Legislators also receive a per diem of $35/day for the 1st 120 days of regular session for the special session and $10/day thereafter. Members outside of Maricopa County receive an additional $25/day for the 1st 120 days of session and $10/day for special sessions.
Elected officials' salaries
|Office||'10 Salary||Current Official|
|Secretary of State||$70,000||Ken Bennett|
|Attorney General||$90,000||Tom Horne|
The salary of Arizona's governor ranks 44th among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors is $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors is $129,962.
|Position||'09 Salary||Current Justice|
|Chief Justice||$160,000||Rebecca White Berch|
|Associate Justice||$155,000||John Pelander|
|Vice Justice||$155,000||Ann Timmer|
|Associate Justice||$155,000||Robert Brutinel|
|Associate Justice||$155,000||Scott Bales|
The salary of Arizona's chief justice ranks 21st among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices is $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices is $151,284.
The salary of Arizona's associate justices ranks 20th among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices is $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices is $145,984.
In 2009 the Arizona Legislature made sweeping changes to state teacher contracts earlier this year, removing seniority, salary and contract guarantees. Changes mean that school districts will be prohibited from using tenure or seniority as a factor in determining which teachers can be laid off. Additionally, school districts no longer have to honor seniority when they rehire. 
|Beginning Teacher Salary||Average Salary|
Paid time off
State employees receive 10 paid holidays and may earn an additional 12 to 21 days of vacation leave per year, depending on the type of position, and the employee’s tenure with the state. Employees are also provided 12 days of sick leave per year, of which, up to 5 days can be used for the care of family members. Additional leave policies exist for pregnancy and maternity, education, jury duty, and military service.
The official paid holidays for state offices are:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King's Birthday
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans' Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Basic life insurance and long-term disability are provided by the state and employees have the option to purchase additional life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and discounted auto and/or home insurance.
The Arizona State Retirement System for state employees is described by the state as "an excellent retirement plan, with employee and employer contributions invested wisely." It also offers benefits such as health insurance to retired employees.
In addition, state employees can also choose to participate in a deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
Flexible Savings Account
Employees may also take advantage of a flexible spending account that enables employees to withhold pretax dollars to be used for reimbursement for health-related expenses.
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- "Arizona lawmakers targeting public employee unions," KTAR.com, February 1, 2012
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- Arizona's state employee salaries, July 2008
- ↑ An overview of the 2010 Arizona State Employee Pay and Economic Impacts Study
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2008 Arizona Public Employment U.S. Census Data
- ↑ 2007 Arizona Public Employment Data
- ↑ Arizona State Workers Can Get A Pay Hike, If They Give Up Protections, February 16, 2012
- ↑ National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
- ↑ NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data, Accessed June 12, 2012
- ↑ The Council of States Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11
- ↑ ‘‘The Council of State Governments,’’ “The Book of the States: 2008”
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
- ↑ AZ Central, Arizona law changes way teachers contract with districts, Nov. 23, 2009
- ↑ [2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z%20TO%202012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Department of Administration Human Resources Total Compensation
- ↑ State Holidays
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Department of Administration Benefit Services Division