State Officers Compensation Commission

Under Article IV, Section 12, of the Michigan Constitution, the State Officers Compensation Commission (SOCC) determines salaries and expense allowances of the governor, lieutenant governor, legislators, justices of the Michigan Supreme Court, attorney general, and secretary of state.

Constitutional and legislative provisions on the SOCC process provide that:

  • The SOCC shall meet not more than 15 days after January 31st every odd-numbered year. 
  • The SOCC shall file its determinations with the clerk of the House, secretary of the Senate, and director of the Department of Management and Budget by June 15th every odd-numbered year.
  • Proposed changes in SOCC determinations over salaries and expense allowances take effect only if the legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority in each house, approves them. 
  • The house and senate must alternate on which body initiates the resolution on SOCC determinations, with the senate originating the first time in 2009, followed by the house in 2011.  
  • The concurrent resolution may amend the SOCC determinations to reduce the salary and expense allowance by the same proportion for all offices.
  • The legislature cannot reduce salary or expense determinations below the amounts in place when the determinations are made.
  • Once approved by the legislature, salaries and expense allowances become effective for the legislative session immediately following the next general election.


Rodney Alberts, Bloomfield Hills, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and North American International Auto Show. (Expires 01/01/2018)

James Hallan, East Lansing, president and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association and Retailers Insurance Company. (Expires 01/01/2020)

Hassan Jaber, Dearborn, executive director of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. (Expires 01/01/2018)

Nancy Jenkins, Manitou Beach, president of Michigan Strategies and former state Representative. (Expires 01/01/2020) 

Mary Kay Shields, DeWitt, president and partner of CS Partners-Michigan. (Expires 01/01/2018)

Joseph Smalley, East Lansing, president and founder of Smalley Investments. (Expires 01/01/2020)

Past SOCC Determinations