National Association of State Retirement Administrators


Compensation

Wages and Salaries

Wage and salary costs for state and local government workers increased by 2.0 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2017, according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.This marks the fourth consecutive quarter of annualized growth at or above two percent, following seven consecutive years of annualized growth below two percent. 
Annualized Quarterly Change in Wage and Salary Costs
for Private and State and Local Government Employees, 2001-2017


Benefits

The cost of state and local government employee benefits increased by 3.0 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2017, according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cost of private sector employee benefits grew by 2.4 percent for the same time period.
Annualized Quarterly Change in Benefit Costs
for Private and State and Local Government Employees, 2001-2017
Data on the cost of public and private employee wages and salary and benefits are prepared by the BLS and released quarterly.


State Government Employment and Pay Data

Governing Magazine has compiled 2010 and 2011 state government employment and pay data which is offered in an online database.