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Barstow tops list in average salary, while Hesperia pays highest in health and benefits

December 21, 2013 3:51 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

The average city worker’s salary was lower than the state average in four of five local cities and towns last year, according to data recently released by the California State Controller.

The data, made public by State Controller John Chiang last week, also shows that retirement and health benefits paid to public employees in the High Desert were lower than county and state averages in 2012.

Barstow topped all local cities in average salary at $65,360 per employee — the only High Desert city to do better than the state average — followed by Hesperia ($50,271), Victorville ($44,692), Adelanto ($38,511) and Apple Valley ($33,039).

Statewide, city employees earned on average $62,215 last year while the average county employee brought in $49,386.

Hesperia led all High Desert cities in average cost paid out for retirement and health at $16,494 per employee, nearly $7,000 more than its closest local competitor, Apple Valley ($9,819), according to the data. The average was $17,401 statewide and $19,615 for San Bernardino County employees.

The single highest-paid employee between all five local incorporated cities and towns was Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart at $282,052, the data shows. The city or town manager of each city was compensated the most in each city, with the exception of Barstow, where the police chief ($272,021) made more in 2012 than City Manager Curt Mitchell ($226,614).

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