Kansas pays government workers below public and private market rates

A survey of salaries for various state government jobs indicates that it is high time for Kansas lawmakers to award raises to several categories of public employees.

Kansas is underpaying workers in most of the more than 100 job classifications in this year’s market survey, according to data presented to a legislative committee last month. The revelation comes after lawmakers earmarked $225 million to raise salaries this fiscal year.

“The sweet spot is really that you’d like to be within 5% of the market somehow,” said Kraig Knowlton, director of the Office of Personnel Services. “It indicates that if you’re just 5% below you’re within reach, you’re probably competitive and it doesn’t take much to get there. If you’re a little above that’s fine, you’re just a little ahead of the curve.

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