The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 5, 2011
Controller publishes state government and CSU payroll figures

The office of state Controller John Chiang has updated its salary database with pay, pension benefits and other compensation data for 256,222 state of California employees and another 123,406 California State University workers.

The site, which is updated weekly, also covers roughly 600,000 employees in California cities, counties and special districts plus elected officials at all government levels. The information, which is based on the 2009 calendar year, includes:

• Minimum and maximum salary ranges.
• Actual wages paid.
• The applicable retirement formula.
• Any contributions by the employer to the employee's share of pension costs.
• Any contributions by the employer to the employee's deferred compensation plan.
• Any employer payments for the employee's health, vision and dental premium benefits.

Individuals' names are not displayed on the website, which you can view by clicking here. You can see a list of government bodies that haven't provided information by clicking this link.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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