Missouri has the lowest paid workers in the nation, with the average base salary being just shy of $38,000. That’s according to a study by St. Louis-based CBIZ Human Capital Services.

Missouri state capitol

Missouri state capitol

Base salaries for Missouri’s state employees are more than 10% below what is considered competitive in the job market. CBIZ says the state would have to spend more than $13 million to bring state worker pay up to market level.

The study says state worker benefits are above average, but not enough to counterbalance low pay.

The study ranks Illinois fifth, Iowa seventh, Nebraska 40th, and Arkansas 42nd in state worker pay.

The Missouri legislature and Governor Nixon approved this year a 2% pay increase for state workers.

Missourinet made calls to three state lawmakers seeking comment about the study’s findings.

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