ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri state employees are the lowest paid in the nation — that’s according to a study by St. Louis-based company CBIZ.
The study found more than 38,000 of Missouri’s state employees make 10 percent below what is recommended to be competitive in the market.
It would cost more than $13 million to bring 5,000 of those employees up to the minimum recommended by CBIZ.
Jefferson City’s Committee on State Employee Wages heard a presentation on the study, and Rep. Mike Bernskoetter says it was eye-opening.
“Basically, we’re still at the bottom, but hopefully this will give us a game plan as to get us out of the bottom,” he says.
The game plan could be to get rid of step-based pay in favor of open-range salaries. Currently, an engineer with 10 years experience makes just $2,000 more than a new hire.
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