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03/11/03

A Glance At Proposed Mississippi Officials' Pay Raises

Here's a glance at current and proposed salaries for some Mississippi public officials. The lieutenant governor, the House speaker and legislators would not receive pay raises under any current proposals.

The list shows, in order, the current salary, the Senate pay raise proposal and the House pay raise proposal.

  • Governor: $101,800; $111,980; $125,500.

The House proposal says if Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is re-elected, he can choose to continue at $101,800.

  • Attorney General: $90,800; $99,880; $124,500.
  • Secretary of State: $75,000; $82,500; $115,500.
  • Treasurer, Auditor, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner:
    $75,000; $82,500; $150,500.
  • Transportation Commissioners, Public Service Commissioners:
    $65,000; $71,500; $95,500.
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice: $104,900; $115,390; $125,000 (when a new chief justice's term starts.)
  • Supreme Court Presiding Justice: $102,900; $113,190; $120,000 (when a new presiding justice's term starts.)
  • Supreme Court Associate Justices: $102,300; $112,530; $118,500 (when new associate justices' terms start.)
  • Court of Appeals Chief Judge: $98,300; $108,130; $121,000 (when a new chief judge's term starts.)
  • Court of Appeals Associate Judges: $95,500; $105,050; $116,000 (when new associate judges' terms start.)
  • Circuit & Chancery Judges: $94,700; $104,170; $115,500 (when new judges' terms start.)
  • District Attorneys: $79,830; $87,813; $110,500.

Salaries for several county officials - including tax assessor, tax collector and sheriff - vary according to the tax base or population of the counties. Here's a glance at sheriffs' pay:

  • In a county with a population of 200,000 or more: $75,000; $82,500; $90,000
  • In a county with a population of 100,000 to 200,000: $70,000; $77,000; $84,000.
  • In a county with a population of 45,000 to 100,000: $65,000; $71,500; $78,000.
  • In a county with a population of 34,000 to 45,000: $60,000; $66,000; $72,000.
  • In a county with a population of 25,000 to 34,000: $52,000; $57,200; $62,400.
  • In a county with a population of 15,000 to 25,000: $50,000; $55,000; $60,000.
  • In a county with a population of 9,500 to 15,000: $47,000; $51,700; $56,400.
  • In a county with a population of 7,500 to 9,500: $45,000; $49,500; $54,000.
  • In a county with a population of up to 7,500: $42,000; $46,200; $50,400.

Some sheriffs also receive extra pay depending on whether their counties have casinos, prisons, mental hospitals or large numbers of state government facilities. 

Sources: State law, Senate Bills 2794 and 2798.

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