Thursday, May 17, 2012
Curious how much taxpayer money your local public servant is pulling in? The answer’s as close as a few clicks.
State Controller John Chiang has updated the online list of public-employee salaries and benefits in 2010, including wages, pension formulas and health perks.
Monterey County’s top earners in 2010 were doctors and execs at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Natividad Medical Center, topped by SVMH president/CEO wages of $699,457.
City manager pay tended to reflect population size, ranging from $150,425 (Carmel-by-the-Sea, pop. 4,053) to $226,864 (Salinas, pop. 153,948). Marina was an exception, paying its boss $265,472 in a city of 19,445.
Monterey Peninsula Water Pollution Control Agency staff received 3-percent-at-60 pension benefits, closer to the formula generally reserved for public-safety employees than the 2-percent-at-55 typically offered to non-safety staff. The Monterey Regional Park District also had a higher-than-usual pension – 2.7 percent at 55 – and one of the county’s flushest general manager salaries: $283,384, with 64 employees.
The Marina Coast Water District GM made $264,453; his equivalent at Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, with a similar staff size, earned $159,361.
Read more on local salaries at www.mcweekly.com/governmentpay