The refurbished site, publicpay.ca.gov, includes maps, simple search engines and even allows users to build their own custom reports, compare pay rates and download raw numbers for their own research. The State Controller's Office, which maintains the site, says it includes the latest state and local compensation data available -- 2011 for state and higher education, 2010 for cities, counties and special districts.
It's the first time that the numbers include wages and benefit data for 69 of the state's 72 community college districts.
Unlike The Bee's state pay database, however, the SCO's data doesn't include the names of individual employees.
The site "does remain a work in progress, and my office will continue to improve and expand this public pay project," Controller John Chiang said in a news release marking the relaunch.
IMAGE: The report-building page on the state controller's revamped government employee compensation website. / www.publicpay.ca.gov