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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-2101


Statutory Cost of Living Increases for Salaries of State Officials and the Heads of Departments, Boards and Commissions

[47 Pa.B. 7656]
[Saturday, December 16, 2017]

 Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Act, the act of September 30, 1983 (P.L. 160, No. 39) as amended by Section 2 of the act of October 19, 1995 (P.L. 324, No. 51) mandates that the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General, and the heads of the departments and members of boards and commissions shall be increased by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month period for which figures have been officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) immediately prior to the date adjustment is due to take effect.

 As required by Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Law, the Governor has determined, based on the change in the CPI-U (PA-DE-NJ-MD) over the past 12 months as reported by BLS on November 15, 2017, that the salaries covered by that law shall be increased by 0.8% effective January 1, 2018. The following chart lists the position, the salary prior to the adjustment, the percentage increase of the adjustment, and the new salary:

COLA Adjustment for Elected and Appointed Officials Receiving Salaries Contained in Act 1995-51

COLA Adjustment is Based on the Percent Change in the CPI-U for PA-DE-NJ-MD, CMSA, for the 12-Month Period Ending October 2017

Position Salary
Prior to
Governor $193,304 0.8%$194,850
Lieutenant Governor$162,3730.8%$163,672
State Treasurer $160,828 0.8%$162,115
Auditor General $160,828 0.8% $162,115
Attorney General $160,828 0.8% $162,115
Large Agency Head $154,642 0.8% $155,879
  Secretary of Education
  Secretary of Environmental Protection
  Secretary of Health
  Secretary of Labor and Industry
  Secretary of Human Services
  Secretary of Transportation
  Secretary of Corrections
Medium Agency Head $146,9100.8%$148,085
  Secretary of Aging
  Secretary of Community & Economic Development
  Secretary of General Services
  Secretary of Revenue
  State Police Commissioner
  Secretary of Conservation & Natural Resources
Small Agency Head$139,1780.8% $140,291
  Adjutant General
  Secretary of Agriculture
  Secretary of Banking and Securities
  Secretary of the Commonwealth
  Insurance Commissioner
  Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs ******
Liquor Control Board
  Chairman $78,5560.8% $79,184
  Member $75,4620.8% $76,066
Civil Service Commission****
  Chairman $88,3950.8% $89,102
  Member $84,9950.8%$85,675
State Tax Equalization Board
  Chairman $27,063 0.8% $27,280
  Member $25,1290.8% $25,330
Milk Marketing Board
  Chairman $25,129 0.8% $25,330
  Member $24,163 0.8% $24,356
Securities Commission***
  Chairman$42,281 0.8% $42,619
  Member $38,574 0.8%$38,883
Athletic Commission
  Chairman $20,300 0.8% $20,462
  Member $19,328 0.8% $19,483
Board of Pardons
  Member $17,7830.8% $17,925
Public Utility Commission
  Chairman $149,410 **$150,585
Environmental Hearing Board*
  Chairman $149,410*$150,585
  Member $146,910*$148,085
Board of Claims*****
  Chairman $142,772 0.8% $143,914
  Member $135,2560.8% $136,338

 *: The Environmental Hearing Board is not listed in Act 1995-51, but separate legislation requires that the Board's members receive the same compensation as the PUC.

 **: Act 1995-51 requires that the PUC Chairman shall receive $2,500/yr. more than PUC Members.

 ***: Per Act 1998-51.

 ****: Per Act 2002-140 effective November 27, 2002.

 *****: Per Act 2002-118, effective October 2, 2002.

 ******: The salary for the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs has not yet been set by statute.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-2101. Filed for public inspection December 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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