Secretary of State

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 15, 2015

  • Controller’s searchable website covers $36 billion in wages
  • City wage, benefit costs decline while county costs increase

State Controller Betty Yee has released a new searchable database of local government salaries, covering 602,377 positions with more than $36 billion in wages.

The compilation, based on 2014 data reported by 54 of the state’s 58 counties (San Francisco filed as a city) and 468 cities, revealed that average wages in cities fell by more than 3 percent from 2013 levels to $59,614 while those in counties increased by almost 3 percent to $60,993.

Santa Clara County had the highest average among counties, $78,808, while Vernon, an industrial city with few residents in Los Angeles County, topped cities at $103,601.

Yee said the survey also found that average retirement and health care costs per employee declined by about 1 percent in cities to $17,810 while increasing in counties by nearly 11 percent to $25,130.

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