The Sacramento Bee Public Employee Pay Database has been created updated with 2022 data.
The data is searchable by employee name and state department, as well as 2022 salary information for civil service employees as well as those employed at Cal State University. It includes salary information for 2021 for those working at the University of California. UC Salary data for 2022 will be available later this year.
The state paid roughly 264,000 civil service workers a total of about $23.6 billion in the 2022 calendar year, according to updated data from the Comptroller’s Office. This includes full-time, part-time and occasional workers, and excludes California State University and University of California employees.
The total is up about 8.5% from 2021, when the state paid roughly $21.8 billion to public service workers. While last year’s wage increase is large by historical standards, it is roughly in line with the rate of inflation from July 2021 to July 2022. In addition, the state added just over 1,000 public employees to its payroll last year.
The Bee was able to compare salaries in 2021 and 2022 for about 217,000 civil service employees. Average wage growth among these workers was 11.3%, including overtime and bonuses.
In 2020, the state paid about $20.8 billion to civil servants.
Employees of the state’s retirement investment systems once again topped the list of highest paid employees. California’s pay rules differ from those of the rest of the state’s public service to allow pension funds to hire people in the competitive world of finance.
As last year, senior officials in California State Teachers Retirement System received the largest payments.
Five of the 10 highest-paid state employees worked for CalSTRS, according to the data. A long-time system investment director, Christopher Eilman, topped the list with total earnings of $1.7 million. That included about $612,000 in regular wages and $1.09 million in other wages.
CalSTRS Deputy Chief Investment Officer Scott Chan earned $1.14 million, followed by CalPERS Deputy Chief Investment Officer Daniel Bienvenue with $938,000, according to the data. Bienvenue served as CalPERS’ interim chief investment officer during the 2021 calendar year, a period of which pension fund enjoyed high salaries.
Public civil service employees in Sacramento County earned about $7.7 billion in 2022, far more than public employees in any other county.
Fifteen state employee divisions have contracts that expire in 2023. Governor Gavin Newsom’s January budget allocated 487 million dollars to cover wage increases that have been agreed upon and ratified in existing contracts, but it is unclear if labor talks will take place this year get a significant pay bonus given the state’s projected $22.5 billion budget deficit.