Public sector salary list released
The Times-Standard reports that the state controller’s office has “rolled out its latest numbers from government payroll reports.” Donna Tam points out not all our local agencies have provided information, but she didn’t really present much of the information that was presented.
Now, personally, I have no problem with paying government employees well for a job well done. I see no reason that people should suffer lower compensation just because they work for the public, as opposed to a profit-making business. So I’m opposed to efforts to reduce public employee salaries or pensions.
But I sometimes wonder whether some public employees aren’t gaming the system, perhaps taking advantage of the rules so as to boost their pensions well above what someone might expect they would be. I think the rules for some employees may include the last year’s overtime pay as part of your pension calculation, so getting heavy overtime during your last year can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra pension payments over the following thirty years of retirement. It means you’d better suck up to your boss if you want to get that final year overtime bonus.
So it seemed worthwhile to check out the numbers. It’s easy to do, just go to the address the Times-Standard gives at the end, or click one of the following links. Click here for Humboldt, and here for Eureka. The lists are sortable, so click on the heading labeled Total 2009 Wages Subject to Medicare.
I guarantee you, it will be illuminating. Why not discover how much a police sergeant in Eureka makes, or how much a guard at the Humboldt jail takes home? Or, for that matter, what’s the take-home for a Eureka Police Senior Communications Dispatcher? The starting salary of $38,000 is certainly reasonable, but there seems to have been a wee bit of overtime.