Pennsylvania state lawmakers are getting an early Christmas gift. A pay raise of more than 5% that kicks in December 1. The governor, cabinet members, statewide and county judges are also getting the increase which starts January 1, 2022.
For many, it’s the biggest hike in three decades and it’s being driven by inflation. Salaries will rise 5.6%, a figure tied by state law to the year-over-year change in the consumer price index for the mid-Atlantic region.
State lawmakers make about $90,000 a year as a base salary. Lawmakers in leadership positions earn more. The governor’s salary is more than $200,000 a year. Although wages differ for the Governor’s Cabinet Secretaries, they all make about $100,000 a year. For instance, Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam earns more than $160,000 a year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says it’s the largest year-over-year increase since 1991. The increase applies to more than 1,000 positions, including the governor, Cabinet members, three statewide elected officers, all 253 lawmakers and state and county judges.