Updated January 27, 2014: Now includes 2013 civil service pay, 2013 CSU pay, 2012 state legislative pay and 2012 University of California pay.
This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to seven years of their pay history.
Search by name or department. For quicker searches, use first and last name.
Sources: University of California President's Office, California State Controller's Office, California Legislature
Results for civil service workers are the actual amounts paid to them during 2013, according to the State Controller's Office. Results for legislative staffers show pay as of June 2012 projected for the remainder of the year. 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. None of the data presented has been changed from what was released to The Sacramento Bee by the State Controller's Office, the University of California President's Office and the California Legislature.
Names that show up in the database twice: Some state workers performed two jobs during 2013. 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; to see his total salary, add both figures. This phenomenon is especially common in the CSU system.
UC student assistants: The UC system blanked out the names of several thousand student assistants in their latest data release, most of them earning a relatively small amount.
Compare past year salaries: The Sacramento Bee determined past pay by matching the first name, last name, middle initial and department of employees with the same criteria from past years. A state worker who wasn't hired until recently won't have any salary history. State workers hired in the middle of a year may appear to have a large jump in pay during the subsequent year; this database logs the actual amount paid to each worker during the year. Workers who left state service during the middle of the year may appear to have a dip in pay -- or even a big jump if they cashed out lots of vacation time.
California state and local government employees remain among the highest-paid in the nation, according to revised 2010 data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Full-time monthly pay for March 2010 in the District of Columbia averaged $5,900, followed by California at $5,774 and New Jersey $5,540. Nationally, the average pay for full-time state and local public employees was $4,388 for the March 2010 period sampled by the bureau.
California also claimed about 1.8 million state and local government workers, a tad over one-tenth of the nation's non-federal government employees. Still, the Golden State's ratio of 478 state and local employees per 10,000 residents has been a cellar-dweller for years. The state employee-to-California resident ratio runs at about 110 per 10,000, which is also close to the nation's lowest.