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CA Controller Publishes 2017 Salary Data for Special Districts

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SACRAMENTO — State Controller Betty T. Yee today updated her Government Compensation in California website to include 2017 self-reported data for special districts.  The data cover a total of 165,013 positions, $9.21 billion in wages, and $2.79 billion in health and retirement costs for 3,043 special districts.

Users of the site can:

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

Special districts are government entities created by a local community to meet a specific need.  Data for 2017 show the top 10 districts by total wages represent a mix of transportation, health, utility, water, and fire districts.  The top 10 individual salaries reported all are in health care districts.

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 California State University salary data.  No such statutory requirement exists for superior courts, University of California, community college districts, fairs and expositions, First 5 commissions, or K-12 education providers; their reporting is voluntary.  A list of employers 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.