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Best and worst paying states for public employees

  • #11. Illinois

    Monthly average salary for all Illinois state and local employees: $5,344

    Highest paid industry: Fire Protection - Other with an average monthly salary of $8,342

    Lowest paid industry: Education - Elementary and Secondary Other with an average monthly salary of $3,432

  • #10. Maryland

    Monthly average salary for all Maryland state and local employees: $5,432

    Highest paid industry: Education - Higher Education Instructional with an average monthly salary of $7,663

    Lowest paid industry: Solid Waste Management with an average monthly salary of $3,812

  • #9. Massachusetts

    Monthly average salary for all Massachusetts state and local employees: $5,521

    Highest paid industry: Police Protection - Persons with Power of Arrest with an average monthly salary of $8,246

    Lowest paid industry: Education - Elementary and Secondary Other with an average monthly salary of $3,763

  • #8. Rhode Island

    Monthly average salary for all Rhode Island state and local employees: $5,601

    Highest paid industry: Corrections with an average monthly salary of $7,101

    Lowest paid industry: Water Transport and Terminals with an average monthly salary of $3,091

  • #7. Alaska

    Monthly average salary for all Alaska state and local employees: $5,689

    Highest paid industry: Education - Higher Education Instructional with an average monthly salary of $8,780

    Lowest paid industry: Education - Elementary and Secondary Other with an average monthly salary of $3,600

  • #6. Connecticut

    Monthly average salary for all Connecticut state and local employees: $5,736

    Highest paid industry: Education - Higher Education Instructional with an average monthly salary of $8,836

    Lowest paid industry: Education - Elementary and Secondary Other with an average monthly salary of $3,923

  • #5. Washington

    Monthly average salary for all Washington state and local employees: $5,908

    Highest paid industry: Fire Protection - Firefighters with an average monthly salary of $8,744

    Lowest paid industry: Public Welfare with an average monthly salary of $4,666

  • #4. New York

    Monthly average salary for all New York state and local employees: $6,035

    Highest paid industry: Electric Power with an average monthly salary of $8,117

    Lowest paid industry: Education - Elementary and Secondary Other with an average monthly salary of $3,758

  • #3. New Jersey

    Monthly average salary for all New Jersey state and local employees: $6,135

    Highest paid industry: Education - Higher Education Instructional with an average monthly salary of $10,491

    Lowest paid industry: Air Transportation with an average monthly salary of $3,865

  • #2. California

    Monthly average salary for all California state and local employees: $6,697

    Highest paid industry: Fire Protection - Firefighters with an average monthly salary of $10,853

    Lowest paid industry: Education - Elementary and Secondary Other with an average monthly salary of $4,138

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