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Meal Per Diem

The state has established a state meal per diem for both in-state and out-of-state meals in lieu of the federal CONUS rates. State agencies have the option of paying a lesser meal per diem or reimbursing actual meal expenses not to exceed the state meal per diem. Before incurring meal expenses, employees should consult with their agency fiscal staff concerning the agency’s specific policy.

The state meal per diem rates are noted on the tabs below.

The following table shows per diem rates for instate travel effective September 15, 2022

Destination Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Columbia 7 11 20
Jefferson City 7 11 20
Kansas City 9 13 26
Springfield 7 11 20
St. Louis 7 12 22
Other 7 11 20

Kansas City includes Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties.

St. Louis includes St. Louis, St. Charles, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Warren, and Washington counties and St. Louis City.

The following table shows per diem rates for instate travel effective October 15, 2015 - September 14, 2022

Destination Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Columbia 6 10 18
Jefferson City 6 10 18
Kansas City 8 12 24
Springfield 6 10 18
St. Louis 6 11 20
Other 6 10 18

Kansas City includes Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties.

St. Louis includes St. Louis, St. Charles, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Warren, and Washington counties and St. Louis City.

For outstate travel, derive the rate for each meal using the destination meal rate effective September 15, 2022:

Meal Rate Breakfast Lunch Dinner
34 6 10 18
39 7 11 21
44 8 12 24
49 9 14 26
54 10 15 29
59 11 17 31
66 14 19 33
87 20 27 40

For outstate travel, derive the rate for each meal using the destination meal rate through September 14, 2022:

Meal Rate Breakfast Lunch Dinner
30 5 9 16
35 6 10 19
40 7 11 22
45 8 13 24
50 9 14 27
55 10 16 29
62 13 18 31
83 19 26 38

Out of State Per Diem Rates (effective September 15, 2022)

Out of State Per Diem Rates (October 15, 2015 thru September 14, 2022)

For international travel, the per diem rates are based on the CONUS rates available at https://www.gsa.gov/travel/plan-book/per-diem-rates. There is a link on this website to select the Foreign Per Diem Rates by Location.