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CA Controller Publishes 2016 Salary Data for University of California,
Community Colleges, Fairs, Expos, and First 5 Commissions

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SACRAMENTO — State Controller Betty T. Yee today updated her Government Compensation in California website to include 2016 self-reported data for the University of California (UC), community college districts, fairs and expositions, and First 5 commissions – a total of 445,374 positions and more than $18.69 billion in wages. 

Users of the site can:

  • View compensation levels on maps and search for compensation by region;
  • Narrow results by name of entity or by job title;
  • Build charts; and
  • Export custom reports or raw data.

The newly published data include 291,141 positions at 11 UC institutions; 148,977 positions at 55 community college districts; 4,507 positions at 21 fairs and expositions; and 749 positions at 36 First 5 commissions.

For example, the available data show the top four highest-paid government employees in 2016 were UC athletics coaches, topping out with a salary of $3,577,299.

California law requires cities, counties, and special districts to annually report compensation data to the State Controller. The State Controller also maintains and publishes state government and CSU salary data. No such statutory requirement exists for superior courts, UC, community college districts, fairs and expositions, First 5 commissions, or K-12 education providers; their reporting is voluntary. A list of entities that did not file or filed incomplete reports is available here.

As the chief fiscal officer of California, Controller Yee is responsible for accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources. The Controller also safeguards many types of property until claimed by the rightful owners, and has independent auditing authority over government agencies that spend state funds. She is a member of numerous financing authorities, and fiscal and financial oversight entities including the Franchise Tax Board. She also serves on the boards for the nation’s two largest public pension funds. Elected in 2014, Controller Yee is the tenth woman elected to a statewide office in California’s history. Follow the Controller on Twitter at @CAController and on Facebook at California State Controller’s Office.