State officials to pocket pay raises in 2018
HARRISBURG — The salaries of Pennsylvania’s 253 state lawmakers, more than 1,000 judges and several dozen top executive branch officials will rise in 2018.
The increase amounts to 0.8 percent, a figure tied by state law to the yearover-year change in the consumer price index published by the U.S. Department of Labor for urban consumers in the mid-Atlantic region.
The bump takes effect Friday for lawmakers and Jan. 1 for judicial and executive branch officials. It is slightly smaller than last year’s increase of 1.3 percent.
Highest-paid is state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Saylor, a Republican. His salary will rise by about $1,600 to $213,750, while the other six members of the high cour t will see a similar-sized increase to $207,700.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf ’s salary will rise about $1,500 to $194,850. His office says he donates the money to charity.
Most lawmakers, already the nation’s second-highest paid, will see an increase of about $700 to almost $87,200 in base pay. They also receive per diems, while lawmakers in leadership posts will top out at $136,000 for the House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson.
The four party floor leaders will each make $126,300 while caucus whips and Appropriations Committee chairmen will receive almost $117,000.
County court judges will see increases to above $180,000, while judges in larger districts, such as Philadelphia and Allegheny County, will get slightly more.
Lt. Gov. Mike Stack will make almost $163,700, while the three statewide elected row officers—Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale — each will make $162,115.
The salaries for the heads of Wolf ’s 18 cabinet agencies will rise by law.
Salaries will rise to almost $156,000 for the heads of the seven largest agencies, and to just above $140,000 for the head soft he five smallest cabinet agencies.