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 2019-2021

Grade FY2019

(December 19, 2020)
(December 19, 2021)
B1 17.851 18.351 18.851
B2 18.351 18.851 19.351
B3 18.851 19.351 19.851
B4 19.351 19.851 20.351
B5 19.851 20.351 20.851
B6 20.351 20.851 21.351
B7 20.851 21.351 21.851
B8 21.351 21.851 22.351
B9 21.851 22.351 22.851
B10 22.351 22.851 23.351
B11 22.851 23.351 23.851
B12 23.351 23.851 24.351
B13 23.851 24.351 24.851
B14 23.351 24.851 25.351

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