Excerpts below are from an article today by Thomas Peele of the Contra Costa Times, which was part of a consortium that announced a searchable online database containing the salaries of more than 134,000 Bay Area public employees. See also our April story about 4,820 CalPERS retirees receiving over $100,000/yr in pensions.
Salaries ranging from those of firefighters and janitors to health care administrators and lawyers in 64 jurisdictions is now included in the salary database on the Web sites of the Bay Area News Group. The data show wide discrepancies in pay and sometimes high salaries in government agencies, such as the Port of Oakland, where a semiskilled laborer grossed $123,450 in 2008, and in Newark, in southern Alameda County, where more than half of the 215 city employees were each paid more than $100,000 last year and the average gross pay was $109,027.
The data show that across the region, 73 public workers grossed more than $200,000 in 2008 through overtime pay that exceeded the standard base pay for their jobs. A San Francisco nurse took home nearly $183,000 worth of overtime with a base salary of $132,740. Twenty-four Oakland employees received overtime that exceeded their base pay; all but one of them was a police officer. In Contra Costa County, 12 firefighters also were paid more in overtime than base salary.
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