Governor of Maryland awards 3% pay increase to state employees


The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, has awarded a 3% pay increase to the majority of state employees, effective from 1 July 2019.

The pay award was confirmed in Maryland’s fiscal year 2020 budget, after being negotiated between Hogan’s office and exclusive bargaining representatives for state employees.

“Due to our administration’s prudent fiscal management and robust economy, we are able to provide another well-deserved, cost-of-living increase for state employees,” said Hogan. “Our state employees, many of whom are on the front lines in protecting and serving our citizens, work hard every day and we need to ensure that we pay them appropriately for their service.”

Between 1 January and 1 July 2019, most state employees will have received at least a 5.5% cumulative increase to their overall base pay.

David Brinkley, secretary at the Department of Budget and Management, added: “This year, we expanded the pay ranges for state employees so that the state can continue to compete with the private sector and other public employers.

“We have talented and valued employees that we want to retain and vacancies in critical classifications that we need to fill. The state’s continued commitment to fairly compensating our public servants will help us do just that.”