Infographic: State and Local Government Compensation


SLGE’s infographic shows trends in the state and local government compensation, including total compensation, compensation breakouts by component, and comparisons to the private sector.

Gerald Young
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Key findings:
  • Wages and salaries as a portion of total compensation has been declining (from 67% to 63%), as health insurance and defined benefit retirement costs have risen. A fourth component of total compensation – other benefits – has stayed relatively unchanged at 15%-16%.
  • While there has been volatility in individual components of compensation, total compensation has stayed fairly consistent, averaging about a 2% increase in employer costs per year.
  • The costs of both health benefit and defined benefit retirement have increased significantly since 2006.
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