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Elected Officials Salary Survey

In 1995 the legislature passed MCA 2-16-403 and MCA 2-16-405.  This legislation requires that the department of administration conduct a salary survey of elected executive branch officials, justices, and chief justices for the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.  The Worker's Compensation Judge receives the same pay as District Judges (2-15-1707, MCA)

This survey is conducted prior to June 30 of each even-numbered year.  The effective date of the survey is July 1 of the following year.  The results of this salary survey are listed below: 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     STATE OF MONTANA
     2012 ELECTED STATE OFFICIALS SALARY SURVEY
     SALARIES OF MONTANA ELECTED OFFICIALS
    EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013 - JUNE 30, 2015
    PUBLISHED BY STATE HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION JUNE 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salaries June 2012
 Difference Between Current and New Salaries
ELECTED OFFICIALS
MT
IDAHO
ND
SD
WY
New MT Salaries 7/1/13
Dollars
%
GOVERNOR
$108,167
$115,348
$113,591
$98,031##
$105,000
$108,167
$0
0.0%
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
$86,362
$64,220
$88,182
$61,800##
$92,000
$86,362
$0
0.0%
ATTORNEY GENERAL*
$99,712
$103,984
$134,135
$97,928
$143,328
$115,817
$16,105
16.2%
SECRETARY OF STATE
$86,018
$93,756
$90,360
$78,363
$92,000
$88,099
$2,081
2.4%
SUPT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
$104,635
$93,756
$102,868
$103,500##
$92,000
$104,635
$0
0.0%
STATE AUDITOR
$86,018
$93,756
$90,360
$78,363
$92,000
$88,099
$2,081
2.4%
PSC CHAIR
$95,651
$92,167
$92,826
$91,390
$118,592
$98,125
$2,474
2.6%
PSC - MEMBER
$94,531
$92,167
$92,826
$91,390
$118,985
$97,980
$3,449
3.6%
SUPREME CT CHIEF JUSTICE
$122,678
$121,006
$137,987
$118,173
$131,500
$126,269
$3,590
2.9%
SUPREME CT JUSTICE
$121,431
$119,506
$134,135
$118,173
$131,500
$124,949
$3,518
2.9%
CLERK, SUPREME COURT
$87,110
$98,851
$111,624
$71,192
$79,077#
$89,571
$2,461
2.8%
DISTRICT JUDGE
$113,922
$112,043
$126,460
$110,377
$125,200
$117,600
$3,679
3.2%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Elected Official declined raise during previous biennium.
 
#Wyoming reports the Clerk of the Supreme Court Salary decreased this year.
##South Dakota reports the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Superintendent Salaries decreased this year.  
 
Note:  Data compiled from a survey of similar titles in the contiguous states conducted June 2012 (2-16-403 and 2-16-405, MCA).
 
  

 

                 
 STATE OF MONTANA  
 2014 ELECTED STATE OFFICIALS SALARY SURVEY  
 SALARIES OF MONTANA ELECTED OFFICIALS  
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015 - JUNE 30, 2017  
                 
                   Difference Between Current and New Salaries
ELECTED OFFICIALS Salaries June 2014
  MT IDAHO ND SD WY New MT Salaries 7/1/2015 Dollars % Increase
GOVERNOR $108,167 $119,000 $121,679 $104,002 $105,000 $111,570 $3,403 3.1%
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR $86,362 $74,212 $94,461 $63,654 $92,000 $86,362 $0 0.0%
ATTORNEY GENERAL $115,817 $107,100 $143,685 $103,892 $147,000 $123,499 $7,682 6.6%
SECRETARY OF STATE $88,099 $101,150 $96,794 $83,135 $92,000 $92,236 $4,137 4.7%
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION $104,635 $101,150 $110,192 $109,933 $92,000 $104,635 $0 0.0%
STATE AUDITOR $88,099 $101,150 $96,794 $83,135 $92,000 $92,236 $4,137 4.7%
PSC CHAIR $98,125 $94,010 $99,435 $96,956 120,336 $101,772 $3,647 3.7%
PSC MEMBER $97,980 $94,010 $99,435 $96,956 115,716 $100,819 $2,839 2.9%
SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE $126,269 $123,400 $147,812 $125,370 $165,000 $137,570 $11,301 9.0%
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE  $124,949 $121,900 $143,685 $125,370 $165,000 $136,181 $11,232 9.0%
CLERK OF THE SUPREME COURT $89,565 $106,050 $122,780 $80,339 $84,557 $96,658 $7,093 7.9%
DISTRICT JUDGE $117,600 $114,300 $131,661 $117,099 $150,000 $126,132 $8,532 7.3%
                 
#The Workers' Compensation Judge receives the same pay as District Judges (2-15-1707, MCA).  
                 
#The Water Court Judges receives the same pay as District Court Judges (3-7-222, MCA).  
                 
Data compiled from a survey of similar titles in the contiguous states conducted June 2014
(2-16-403 and 2-16-405, MCA).
 
Published by State Human Resources Division July 2014  
                 
 

Legislator Salaries

Legislator salaries are set according to MCA 5-2-301.  Statute indicates that legislators are paid $10.33 per hour, which is the equivalent of $82.66 per day.

*The salaries listed on this page simply reflect the results of the biennial survey.  Because elected officials may decline all or part of the listed salary increase, some officials' actual pay may differ from the salaries reported above.