Governor Mike Parson recently recommended a 5.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and $15 per hour minimum base pay standard for all state employees across state government. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Missouri supports this proposal and applauds the Governor for his leadership in this area.

“State government employees play a vital role in providing services to the citizens of Missouri.  In order to attract and retain employees, Missouri must offer competitive salaries for its workers,” said Tim Ross, ACEC Missouri Chairman. “Missouri state government workers have consistently ranked as some of the lowest paid in the nation. It’s time for us to take care of our own and pay a more competitive wage to live on.”

According to, Missouri ranks 49th in the nation in terms of pay for public employees. With an average state employee salary of $28,871.45, only Colorado is lower. 34 states have average salaries above $50,000 and the average salary of all states in 2020 was reported to be $57,113.

“As the state and national economy experience significant shifts in a post-COVID world, we must ensure that our state workers are not left behind. They provide the critical backbone in making sure that state government works efficiently and effectively,” said Morgan Mundell, ACEC Missouri, President & CEO. “We support Governor Parson’s position on the issue of state worker pay and hope that the Missouri General Assembly will implement his recommendations through the appropriations process.”