State Salary Database

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i wonder

Chesterfield, MO

#2 Feb 15, 2008
i agree
That Girl

Columbia, SC

#3 Feb 15, 2008
....and why did this make the news????
The reason

Columbia, SC

#4 Feb 15, 2008
The reason all are not posted is you would see just how pathetic the common state workers are paid. many not over the state poverty level. THose wonderful cost of living raises come just in time for our insurance to be raised to take away all of the difference as well as never getting a yearly raise.
bear

United States

#5 Feb 15, 2008
They could cut out 65% of these LOFER jobs and make the rest of them work for their money.This is the main reason why taxes are so high here in SC and Washington.As people retire the state should absorb the lose and make the others take up the slack.Com panies on the outside are doing this just to stay alive.We are being forced to do several jobs just to draw a paycheck.What is worse is that the state doesn't protect us like they do their own workers....I know..........it will never change and Obama wants to see change ,but who is he fooling??????
rich boy

United States

#6 Feb 15, 2008
The reason wrote:
The reason all are not posted is you would see just how pathetic the common state workers are paid. many not over the state poverty level. THose wonderful cost of living raises come just in time for our insurance to be raised to take away all of the difference as well as never getting a yearly raise.
u needs a degree from podunck university in basketweevin so u can get and 80,000 a year job with the state.....quits complanin
big dog

United States

#7 Feb 15, 2008
Rex wrote:
This site sucks; all SC State personnel should be posted, not just the Big Dogs. We as SC Tax payers should have the right to know all the State's personnel salaries.
This reminds me,I need to get my lexus hand washed today and I need to pay my fees at the country club.
state worker

Columbia, SC

#8 Feb 15, 2008
bear wrote:
They could cut out 65% of these LOFER jobs and make the rest of them work for their money.This is the main reason why taxes are so high here in SC and Washington.As people retire the state should absorb the lose and make the others take up the slack.Com panies on the outside are doing this just to stay alive.We are being forced to do several jobs just to draw a paycheck.What is worse is that the state doesn't protect us like they do their own workers....I know..........it will never change and Obama wants to see change ,but who is he fooling??????
HA! That is a laugh. I don't know about other agencies, but at Mental Health - we DO take up the slack that of the retiring/quitting/fired etc. We generally do NOT get to hire more people due to hiring freezes so that 1 person DOES do the job of 2,3 and even 4 people. We take on these jobs because there is NO ONE else to do it and there is not going to be some one else to do it. All the people that I work with are dedicated and hardworking. Day in and day out. DO NOT assume that all the state agencies employ lazy people, DO NOT assume that we do not do the jobs of several people. All of this with no pay increase to reflect the greater work load. And the earlier poster was correct when they said that the 3% inc. a year comes just in time for the raise in yearly ins. premiums. 3% does not mean a whole lot to the low men on the totem pole - to most of us it means MAYBE an extra $20 per paycheck - if we're lucky. That 3% means a whole lot more to the people making the big bucks b/c 3% of $100,000 is a whole lot more that 3% of $20,000.

“I am my Biggest fan”

Since: Jun 07

Gadsden SC

#9 Feb 15, 2008
All I know is the average state worker need raises

“Soft Touch Hard Cover”

Since: Dec 07

Jersey

#10 Feb 15, 2008
Working for the state is considered a good job. I just think that there aren't enough good workers. The people that have been there for a long time get into a grind of taking things slower than they need to be. However, with our technical advances I see things moving a lot quicker. Using e-mail, eCommerce, etc...

Right now you can pretty much pay anything to the state via the web instead of standing in line for hours.

They should do this for parking tickets, speeding tickets, etc....

To the mental health worker... Kudos to you my friend. Your job is tough. Not only is there a lack of funding for your area of expertise but, workers like you need to be in a good environment that increase morale when it's low.

Keep on keeping on... take care of those people!

“I hate Fish...”

Since: Aug 07

Columbia, SC

#11 Feb 15, 2008
Thundercat wrote:
All I know is the average state worker need raises
Yep, and the only ones that seem to get them are those who don't need them as they already make a lot of money. The average State Employee makes A LOT LESS than most people think. It is only the higher ups that make a lot of money.
State Worker

Blythewood, SC

#12 Feb 15, 2008
The problem is that not all state workers have it as good as people think. Over the last seven years the state insurance cost has out risen the cost of living raises by 4%.

Average Admin. Specialist $ 20,450
Average DMV Employee $ 20,840
Average DOT Employee $ 23,650
Average State Trooper $ 28,500

Average Insurance cost for a family covered by state insurance cost the employee $ 295.00 per month.

Now my question to you is what do these jobs pay in the private sector?
Tomfoolery

White Rock, SC

#13 Feb 15, 2008
Some state employes are deserving of their pay, but when state agencies hire back employees that were retired and on the TERI plan, they are getting a retirement check plus the money they had in the TERI. Therefore they are preventing newer employees from moving up in state govt. It reeks of favoritism. As the old saying goes, you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

“I am my Biggest fan”

Since: Jun 07

Gadsden SC

#14 Feb 15, 2008
Tomfoolery wrote:
Some state employes are deserving of their pay, but when state agencies hire back employees that were retired and on the TERI plan, they are getting a retirement check plus the money they had in the TERI. Therefore they are preventing newer employees from moving up in state govt. It reeks of favoritism. As the old saying goes, you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
yep! Lots of back scratching happening!
IGOR

United States

#15 Feb 15, 2008
State Worker wrote:
The problem is that not all state workers have it as good as people think. Over the last seven years the state insurance cost has out risen the cost of living raises by 4%.
Average Admin. Specialist $ 20,450
Average DMV Employee $ 20,840
Average DOT Employee $ 23,650
Average State Trooper $ 28,500
Average Insurance cost for a family covered by state insurance cost the employee $ 295.00 per month.
Now my question to you is what do these jobs pay in the private sector?
I'm sure they pay more and in some instances much more. I have a question for you. How many private sector jobs have a retirement program that rivals state employee's? How many private sector jobs have retirement plans at all? I'm not speaking of 401k plans.
Lesson of the Day

Chapin, SC

#16 Feb 15, 2008
State Worker wrote:
The problem is that not all state workers have it as good as people think. Over the last seven years the state insurance cost has out risen the cost of living raises by 4%.
Average Admin. Specialist $ 20,450
Average DMV Employee $ 20,840
Average DOT Employee $ 23,650
Average State Trooper $ 28,500
Average Insurance cost for a family covered by state insurance cost the employee $ 295.00 per month.
Now my question to you is what do these jobs pay in the private sector?
Well you see, in the private sector, you can be fired for being a lazy, shiftless, do nothing. In the State agencies you practically have to slaughter a baby on your desk in front of the public to get fired.

In the private sector, if I produce/sell 1,000,000 units, I get paid in accordance with my production. In State jobs, I get paid the same amount whether I produce 50,000 units, or whether I sit at my desk and surf porn all day.

There are a lot of differences between the two sectors, so they are not really comparable.
Spouse of a State

Montgomery, AL

#17 Feb 15, 2008
IGOR wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure they pay more and in some instances much more. I have a question for you. How many private sector jobs have a retirement program that rivals state employee's? How many private sector jobs have retirement plans at all? I'm not speaking of 401k plans.
State retirement is not all that great, the insurance is a rape, and unfortuantely, the "instances" are far and few in between. Luckily, I'm a federal employee (on the lower level, so I do actually work the job of three people, but I dang sure earn it.) But I keep telling my spouse "you could also be working at Burger King." That usually keeps the complaints down for a while....

“I hate Fish...”

Since: Aug 07

Columbia, SC

#18 Feb 15, 2008
Lesson of the Day wrote:
<quoted text>
Well you see, in the private sector, you can be fired for being a lazy, shiftless, do nothing. In the State agencies you practically have to slaughter a baby on your desk in front of the public to get fired.
In the private sector, if I produce/sell 1,000,000 units, I get paid in accordance with my production. In State jobs, I get paid the same amount whether I produce 50,000 units, or whether I sit at my desk and surf porn all day.
There are a lot of differences between the two sectors, so they are not really comparable.
With most agencies this is not true anymore. If you don't do your job you get fired. It is a myth that use to be true that is not anymore. I've seen plenty of people get fired for not doing their job well enough when I used to work for a state agency. Also some of the health care plans that are available for state employees can cost over $500 a month for insurance. There are benefits to working for the state but not many. I know someone who retired from the state after working the required 28 years that only made $22,500 and this was an employee who worked her butt off. Also you seem to be comaring a government DESK job to a private sector non desk job. I was paid for my time in the private sector, not my production and that goes for most desk jobs period.
observation

Allendale, SC

#19 Feb 15, 2008
I would like the employees to actually be there for 40 hours a week since that is what they are being paid for, instead of the 37.5 hours they are actually there. Two and a half hours of free money per week certainly adds up to a lot of hours if you take all the non-management positions doing this over the course of a year.

“ What's New ”

Since: Dec 07

And Exciting?

#20 Feb 15, 2008
I looked up my Big Boss - all he does all day is walk around with a coffee cup all day spewing hot air and lies - and he makes almost 100,000...it's crazy. And he just hired someone at 60,000, when the predecessor made almost 40,000, telling the rest of us that we couldn't get raises this year because of the budget! Well, now we know the truth, we couldn't get raises because of the "new guy." And we all had to teach him his job! Doesn't it figure. OH IT MAKES ME SO MAD!

Also, a comment on the state's retirement system - they DO have an alternative to the states retirement plan and it is basically a 401K plan called Optional Retirement Plan or ORP. It is much better in that you are vested after 1 year not the 5 years for the other, and you can take ALL the money from the plan if you leave rather than only a portion with the other if you leave before you actually "retire."

Thanks JP - that was me who posted as "state worker" earlier. Mental Health does need more funding. If we can get the mess with the Bull Street Campus fixed maybe we can get some more money in the Dept. There are some really excellent people who work for this Dept. and not at all your "typical" state employee. Just FYI
State Worker

Blythewood, SC

#21 Feb 15, 2008
IGOR wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure they pay more and in some instances much more. I have a question for you. How many private sector jobs have a retirement program that rivals state employee's? How many private sector jobs have retirement plans at all? I'm not speaking of 401k plans.
There is a great misunderstanding about state retirement. Most of the retirement is funded by the employee themselves. 7% of your weekly salary is automatically deducted from your pay.

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