Pensions contribute to rise in state worker costs

Mar 4, 2014 3:46 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new report says state government's employee compensation costs have risen substantially over the last two decades and are expected to keep climbing.

The report released Tuesday by the Legislative Analyst's Office says the increased costs to taxpayers are largely because of rising pension and health benefit expenses.

On average, the state will spend about $100,000 per employee each year for salary, retirement and health care in the next fiscal year, up about 30 percent since 1993.

The typical employee takes home about $60,000. That amount has largely remained flat, partly because of furloughs during the recent budget crisis.

The number of state employees also has climbed, from 265,000 in 1993 to about 355,000. Yet because of California's growing population, the state still has about nine employees per 1,000 residents.

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