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    Controller Chiang Updates Pay Site With More City, County Figures

    Contact: Jacob Roper

    SACRAMENTO - State Controller John Chiang has updated his public employee compensation website with the latest wage and benefit data for California city and county employees. The site – – offers maps, search functions, and custom report-building tools. It also allows users to download raw data for their own research. This update covers calendar year 2012, the fourth full year of data for city and county employees available on the site.

    "Making compensation of public employees transparent provides taxpayers with the ability to be more informed and active in local government decisions," Chiang said.  "I'm especially encouraged with the cooperation that cities and counties have provided in helping us make all government more accountable to Californians."

    Today's update adds wage and benefit data for 637,435 positions, with more than $38.86 billion in wages paid in 2012.

    Since the site's launch in 2010, it has registered more than 6.9 million page views online. The Controller completed an overhaul of the public website in late 2012, adding additional search, browse, and mapping functions.

    Special district information will be updated this coming spring, and data from the University of California is expected later in the year. The 2012 figures for State and California State University employees were updated earlier this year.

    Those visiting can:

    • View compensation levels on map graphics, and search for compensation by region
    • Develop charts, trend-line and trend graphs
    • Quickly see lists of top earners at cities, counties, and other local governments
    • Generate side-by-side comparisons of local government payrolls
    • Create local agency summaries
    • Export custom reports or raw data from the site

    Only the cities of San Mateo, Compton and Calimesa failed to file reports for today’s update.  All counties filed complete reports on-time with the Controller's Office. See lists of delinquent local government compensation reports here.

    A series of video tutorials also are available to guide users through the site's interface. The site currently includes annual compensation data for positions at cities, counties, higher education institutions, special districts and state departments.

    Here are the top 10 highest paid city positions in 2012:

    City Position Total Wages
    Buena Park City Manager $545,394
    Pleasant Hill City Attorney $465,209
    Milpitas Fire Battalion Chief - 40 hr $461,212
    Carlsbad City Manager $459,222
    Fountain Valley City Manager $459,144
    Menifee City Manager $440,415
    Temecula City Manager $416,994
    Millbrae Fire Chief $416,931
    Vernon Fire Chief $400,839
    Milpitas Chief of Police $379,251

    Here are the top 10 highest paid county positions in 2012:

     County  Position  Wages
     Kern  Orthopedic Surgeon-Contract  $1,040,651
     Kern  Faculty Physician-Contract  $828,287
     Kern  Chairman, Department Of Surgery  $753,465
     Santa Clara  Physician - Valley Medical Center  $658,521
     Los Angeles  Chief Physician I Int Med-General/Endocrinology  $600,258
     Kern  Core Physician-Contract  $574,530
     San Joaquin  Physician  $557,921
     Santa Clara  Physician - Valley Medical Center  $549,516
     Santa Clara  Physician - Valley Medical Center  $546,830
     San Joaquin  Physician  $546,292

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