2015 State Employee Compensation Survey

Survey Highlights Serious Issues with State Employee Pay

The households of nearly 12 percent of active, full-time state employees received some form of public assistance in the past 12 months, according to a recent Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA) survey.

“These findings do not bode well for the state’s ability to meet the needs of Texas citizens,” said Gary W. Anderson, TPEA executive director.

When viewed in the context of 2014 State Auditor’s Office reports on state employee turnover and salaries, the results are even more concerning. These SAO reports show a statewide turnover rate of 17 percent in FY 2014, as well as turnover rates almost twice as high among employees younger than 30 and among employees with less than two years of state service.

Additional findings of note include:

  • A significantly higher percentage of female state employee households receiving public assistance than male state employee households (13.2 percent of females vs. 9 percent of males).
  • Among those with bachelor’s degrees, 10.6 percent report that their households received public assistance; among those with graduate degrees, 7.9 percent. Of respondents with graduate degrees who indicated their households had received public assistance, 28 percent are employed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

“As Texans, we can and should do better,” Anderson said. “We face a serious human capital crisis if the Legislature does not examine and address state employee turnover and lagging compensation.”

About the survey

TPEA invited more than 84,000 state employees to complete the TPEA Survey on State Employee Compensation March 31. The survey was conducted through SurveyMonkey and allowed only one survey response per IP address. The survey was open until April 8, 2015. In total, TPEA received more than 16,000 responses to the survey, representing nearly 11 percent of all active state employees (approximately 149,000). Using the SurveyMonkey Sample Size Calculator available at www.surveymonkey.com/blog/en/sample-size-calculator, TPEA determined that the sample size of 16,000-plus respondents was large enough for the survey results to have a confidence level of 99 percent with a 1 percent margin of error. As such, TPEA considers these results to be representative of the state employee population as a whole.

About the Texas Public Employees Association

Founded in 1946, the Texas Public Employees Association is a nonunion, nonpartisan legislative advocacy organization for current and retired state employees.