Pay Plans & Salary Surveys

The Blue Collar Pay Plan is a collectively bargained pay plan for organized trade and craft employees in Montana's executive branch (except the university system). The plan has remained essentially the same since it's inception in the 1970s. Placement on the 14-grade single rate pay plan is determined through collective bargaining using a comparative job evaluation system. The State Office of Labor Relations and bargaining agents negotiate the pay rates attached to the schedule biennially. If the parties reach settlement prior to the legislative session, those negotiated pay rates then become the basis for the proposed increases contained in the state employee pay bill.

Pay Schedules
Fiscal Years 2022-2024

Grade FY2022
(November 15, 2022)
(July 1, 2023)
(July 1, 2024)
B1 21.097 22.597 24.097
B2 21.597 23.097 24.597
B3 22.097 23.597 25.097
B4 22.597 24.097 25.597
B5 23.097 24.597 26.097
B6 23.597 25.097 26.597
B7 24.097 25.597 27.097
B8 24.597 26.097 27.597
B9 25.097 26.597 28.097
B10 25.597 27.097 28.597
B11 26.097 27.597 29.097
B12 26.597 28.097 29.597
B13 27.097 28.597 30.097
B14 27.597 29.097 30.597

In 1995 the legislature passed 2-16-403 and 2-16-405, MCA. 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 in the charts below. If you need an alternative access format of the charts below, please contact Bonnie Shoemaker at


2022 Elected Officials Salary Survey

 2024 Elected Officials Salary Survey Chart