The State Worker

Search The Bee’s new database on city and county employee pay

The Sacramento Bee

Want to see what local government employees are paid in the Sacramento region and how different positions stack up? The Sacramento Bee has compiled a new online database that allows readers to search and view the salaries of city and county employees throughout the region.

The local pay database is searchable by name or jurisdiction, and allows users to view regular pay, overtime, bonuses, and health and retirement benefits for every city and county employee. It contains the pay for more than 30,000 employees from 17 city governments and four county governments. That includes Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties, as well as the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, Davis and other communities in the region.

Among the information you’ll find there: The highest-paid local government employee in 2015 was former Sacramento County Counsel John F. Whisenhunt, who retired in 2015 and earned about $450,000 in total pay, including any bonuses, vacation cash-outs and other pay. Looking only at base pay, the highest-paid employee was Citrus Heights City Manager Henry Tingle, who earned about $296,000.

You can access the database at

The Bee has published a similar salary database for state workers for nearly a decade. You can find the state pay database at