Iowa state salary levels questioned, defended

Covering Iowa Politics ( did a follow-up story on an article we posted last week about State employee salaries in Iowa.

Figures showing Iowa’s state employees ranked in the top 10 in average salaries in 2007 are raising concerns from some Republicans and business interests, but other state officials are questioning their accuracy.

Numbers compiled by the Legislative Services Agency showed Iowa ranked ninth in the country for average monthly salary of state employees. The ranking was based on U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by the LSA.

Those numbers found the average monthly salary of state workers or “full-time equivalents” was $4,479 in 2007.
Those numbers were quoted on the Iowa House Republicans’ Web site last month and have been circulated recently.

House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said any data he’s seen has shown state employees make “significantly more” than the average Iowan

“I think that state government should reflect, you know, what’s going on with real, everyday Iowans, and I’m not sure in this case that it does,” Paulsen said.

Troy Price, spokesman for Gov. Chet Culver, said the figures by the state’s Department of Administrative Services, or DAS, show the state would not be ranked in the top ten for employee salaries.

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