California updates pay data for 2012
Updated records on public employee pay at cities and counties in California, including South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County, is available online through the State Controller’s Office.
The update provides data for 2012, covering 637,435 public employees and more than $38.86 billion in wages paid.
“Making compensation of public employees transparent provides taxpayers with the ability to be more informed and active in local government decisions,” California State Controller John Chiang said in a news release announcing the updated records.
“I’m especially encouraged with the cooperation that cities and counties have provided in helping us make all government more accountable to Californians.”
Only the cities of San Mateo, Compton and Calimesa failed to file timely reports for the update, according to Chiang.
The data is available at http://www.publicpay.ca.gov.
Data for 2012 for state government employees and California State University was updated earlier this year. Data for more than 2,770 special districts in the state and the University of California will be updated in 2014.
Launched in 2010, the website lets people view public pay and benefits both statewide and by local jurisdiction, offering tools to create trend lines, graphs and side-by-side comparisons.
The average employee wage among 57 counties was $59,913 in 2012. On average, the counties had one employee for every 105 residents and annual retirement and health benefit costs of $21,749 per employee.
El Dorado County reported having 2,178 employees with about $146 million in wage and benefit costs in 2012. That translates into an average wage of $47,378, average retirement and health benefit costs of $20,055 and one employee for every 84 county residents.
The average wage among 479 cities was $62,214 in 2012. The cities had one employee per 107 residents on average and average retirement and health benefit costs of $17,408.
South Lake Tahoe reported having 301 employees with about $21 million in wage and benefit costs in 2012. That translates into an average wage of $49,418, $21,577 in average retirement and health benefit costs and one employee for every 71 residents.