Pay raises for governor, legislators in the works, as revenues improve slightly

Salary hikes for Maryland’s next governor, members of the General Assembly and other statewide officials elected next year are set to be decided next week by two compensation commissions specially appointed for this task.

None of these officials have had pay hikes since 2006, and the legislature rejected recommendations from these same commissions four years ago to increase the salaries slightly.

Indicted correctional officers were low paid

Thirteen Maryland correctional officers indicted last month in a corruption case that has outraged legislators and the public were getting paid between $28,000 and $47,000 in 2012, according to salary figures from the comptroller’s office. “The vast majority are doing [the job] at the current salary level,” said one union representative. “I don’t think offering someone more money makes them more honest.”

Almost 5,700 state employees make $100,000 or more

Maryland Reporter’s third annual report on state salaries found that 5,663 state employees pulled in $100,000 or greater in 2012 –about 6% of total state employees. Three out of four of these six-figure salaries are earned by people working for state colleges and universities — more than 10% of the full-time employees — led by three million-dollar coaches.

5,139 state employees made made more than $100,000; most worked for the University of Maryland

UPDATE: See the top earners here.

Out of 148,362 people who were paid any sort of salary by the state of Maryland in fiscal 2010, about 3% of them made six-figure salaries. According to a list from the Comptroller’s Office, 5,139 government employees were paid more than $100,000 in the last fiscal year. Almost two-thirds of them – or 3,310 – worked for the University of Maryland.