About the salaries and things, lots of numbers being thrown around, very little context. I mean, really now folks, is a military installation in Washington with half the population of Alameda really comparable in terms of salary?
One question that came up was in regard to area median income and median income of City employees. So first I decided to find out what the area median income was. A lot of my searches ended up with some fairly disparate results depending on the source. The census information was on the outdated side, so I decided to go with the Official State Income Limits numbers from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Why? Because it was up to date, the HCD releases numbers every year. These numbers are based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers and is used to define household income size for the purposes determining income levels for affordable housing purposes. The full methodology can be found here.
And the numbers are here:
As you will notice, the area median income for a four person household is $93,500. For a single person the area median income is $65,450. From what I can tell, median income is not calculated by adding benefits and retirement costs. If anyone knows differently let me know, but in order to establish an apples to apples comparison I will be using only totals from the Total Gross Earnings which adds extras like uniforms and acting pay, etc and Base Salary which aligns to the numbers that folks have been tossing around.
Let’s talk numbers from the database.
|Department||Median Base Salary||Average Base Salary||Median Earnings||Average Earnings|
|City of Alameda||$50,631||$48,624||$52,825||$55,986|
|Rec & Park||$3,412||$11,681||$3,412||$12,025|
Some of the numbers are super dooper low because there are like a million people making less than $500 which pulls down the average/median. I might revisit these numbers and eliminate anyone making less than $10K to get a better sense of the average/median by department. But that’s another post for another day.