SACRAMENTO, Sept. 19, 2017 — What is special about today’s update to State Controller Betty T. Yee’s Government Compensation in California website? The website now includes 2016 self-reported data from special districts – a total of 157,150 positions across the state and $8.28 billion in wages.
The newly published data are from 3,017 special government districts that focus on air quality, fire, health care, transportation, water, and more.
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.
For example, the available data show nine of the top 10 highest-paid special district employees in 2016 worked for health care districts, topping out with a salary of $1,235,939.
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.