Comparing Michigan's Cabinet Pay

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Remember when Gov. Snyder announced in February that his annual salary would be just $1?

Those savings didn't tell the whole story.

Take for example Kirk Steudle, MDOT's director. Under Jennifer Granholm, Steudle was paid $140,000. Steudle got the same role in Gov. Snyder's administration but with a $5,000 raise. The new head of the Dept. of Natural Resources, Dan Wyant, got the same $5,000 raise when compared to his predecessor.

Raises came in the executive office too. Gov. Snyder's Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore makes $171,000, $35,000 more than the equivalent salary under Granholm's administration.

But not everyone got a pay raise. The new director of the Department of Human Services, Maura Corrigan, took a $10,000 pay cut when compared to former head Ismael Ahmed, who was paid $150,000.

And sometimes what looks like a pay hike is actually a savings. Take for example Snyder budget director John Nixon. His $250,000 salary dwarfs Granholm budget director Bob Emerson's $135,000. However, Nixon has two jobs. He's also head of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget, a role previously filled by Kenneth Theis and his $145,000 salary. When you combine the two, paying Nixon nets the state $30,000 in savings.

In comparing available salary information as a whole, Gov. Snyder is paying his cabinet $53,000 more than Jennifer Granholm paid her cabinet. But when you factor in Gov. Snyder's $1 salary, this year's cabinet and Governor are paid $103,000 less than last year's.


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