It's Payday in Oklahoma

Get a look at the state's highest paid employees

How much do they make?

The pay rate for state employees varies greatly depending upon a number of factors, such as education, skill level, responsibilities and the overall demand in the market for those job skills. Many of the state’s highest paid employees are those with advanced degrees, such as doctors, engineers, lawyers and senior leadership.


Some of Oklahoma's agencies pay their employees on a monthly basis, others biweekly. The top chart looks at monthly-issued paychecks, while the bottom focuses on biweekly. For a closer look check out the Annual Compensation Report at the bottom of this page.

Employees paid monthly

Here's a look at monthly payroll spending by non-Higher Education agencies to employees who were paid more than $8,333 per month (approximately $100,000 per year). It excludes terminal pay; lump sums paid out to employees upon separation for accrued and unused vacation time.


The three agencies that spend the most money in this category are listed below. Here's who those dollars are going to.




Employees paid biweekly

Employees who are paid more than $3,836 per biweekly pay period — every two weeks — also earn approximately $100,000 annually. Here’s a look at the agencies spending the most in that category, excluding Higher Education.





The three agencies that spend the most money in this category are listed below. Here's who those dollars are going to.

Oklahoma's Annual Compensation Report

Oklahoma's Annual Compensation Report is issued annually by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. It provides an analysis of the rates of pay in the competitive labor market and compares these rates with the state's current Merit System salary practices for classified employees. The report also provides an analysis of the fringe benefits, or noncash compensation programs found in the market, and compares these programs with the state’s fringe benefit package.


In this document, you can find answers to common questions about the state's salaries, such as:

  • What level of turnover is there in the state's labor force? (see Pages 5-6)
  • How does the state decide what it should pay its employees? (starting on Page 10)
  • How does state employee pay compare to similar jobs in the market? (starting on Page 14; also see Appendix, starting on Page 25)
  • What benefits does the state provide to its employees? (Page 19)
  • What are the salary ranges for state agency leaders? (Page 33)