State Salary Survey

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The Office of Financial Management – State Human Resources is required by law (RCW 41.06.160) to conduct a salary survey to determine the prevailing pay rates for jobs that are comparable to state jobs. While the survey primarily focused on base salaries, participants were also asked to report on compensation pay practices, paid leave, medical and retirement benefit plans and other fringe benefit offerings.

State leaders use tools such as the salary survey to help us find the appropriate balance among containing the cost of government operations, compensating state employees fairly and competing in the job market for employees with the specialized skills and knowledge required to perform the work of state government.

The salary survey is one source of data and should be used in conjunction with other workforce factors when informing potential changes to employee pay, benefits or working conditions.

2018 State Salary Survey Results

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