The average salary for state employees in New York was $57,050 in 2012, compared to $63,913 for private-sector workers, according to Stateline’s review of newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Stateline is the Pew Charitable Trusts’ daily news service.
Several states had higher average salaries for public employees than New York, including California ($65,548); Connecticut ($60,621); Illinois ($63,669); Iowa ($60,055); Massachusetts ($60,173); Michigan ($57,653); Minnesota ($55,299); New Jersey ($66,232); Ohio ($57,516); and Rhode Island ($62,201).
Average pay for state workers ranged from $38,195 to $66,232 around the country. Missouri was the lowest, at $38,195. For private workers, the low was $35,263 and the high was $63,913. The spread was just several hundred dollars more for private-sector employees. Missouri public employees had the lowest average pay and private-sector workers in Mississippi ranked 50th for average salary.
New York ranked first for the average pay of private-sector workers at $63,913. Their counterparts in California made an average salary of $56,293. The other states with higher average salaries are on the East Coast—$61,471 for Massachusetts, $63,248 for Connecticut and $58,064 for New Jersey.
The average state employee is better educated than the average private-sector employee, Stateline said.