Search for state worker salaries
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To find a state employee, use the form below. For quicker searches, use a first and last name. You can also search by job title, salary range or agency, as long as you at least enter a last name or pick an agency or university. Results reflect most recent available data: 2009 for civil service, CSU and legislative workers; 2008 for UC system workers.
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Highest-paid state civil service workers, 2009
UC workers with the highest gross salaries, 2008
Highest-paid California State University (CSU) workers, 2009
Highest-paid legislative staffers, 2009
Notes: Results for civil service workers are the actual amounts paid to them during 2009, according to the State Controller's Office. The latest data for the UC system is from 2008 -- that data should be updated with 2009 figures in the summer. Results for legislative staffers show pay as of March 2009 projected out for the remainder of the year. Click on "details" after your search results appear to see gross pay, overtime pay and other pay. Gross pay includes overtime, bonuses, housing allowances, sick leave payout, vacation payout and multiple other forms of cash compensation. Some workers promoted toward the end of the year will see their old job titles listed here. None of the data presented has been changed from what was released to the Bee by the State Controller's Office, the University of California President's Office and the California Legislature.
On names that show up in the database twice: Some state workers performed two jobs during 2009. For instance, a full-time lieutenant working for the Department of Corrections may work several part-time shifts as a sergeant. He would be listed twice here, and to see his total salary, you would add up both figures shown. This phenomenon is especially common in the California State University system. Outside the CSU system, well over 99 percent of workers only show up in this data once.
On comparing past year salaries: The Bee determined past pay by matching the first name, last name, middle initial and department of employees with the same criteria from past years. To avoid errors, The Bee excluded workers who show up in this data twice (see above note). Also, a state worker who wasn't hired until recently won't have any salary history. State workers hired in the middle of a previous year may appear to have a large jump in pay during the subsequent year -- that's because this database logs the actual amount paid to each worker during the entire year. Likewise, workers who left state service during the middle of 2009 may appear to have a dip in pay -- or even a big jump if they cashed out lots of vacation time.
Sources: University of California President's Office; California State Controller's Office; California Legislature.