Did anyone else find it really strange on Alameda Daily News’ Friday post that it talked about how it would be great to have a cushy city job because the top 10 earners made so much money, but then failed to mention from which department the top 10 salaries came from:
It sort of just hangs there allowing folks to make assumptions about who are these people making that much money in the City. Possibly bringing up visions of fat bureaucrats sucking away at the the money of the City and sitting around doing nothing.
So who were these people making soooo much money? By the way the “Total compensation with benefits” includes overtime. Thanks to Michele Ellson for the salary information by the way!
1. $286,336.05 (Total compensation with benefits $346,695.99) = Police captain
2. $239,763.92 (Total compensation with benefits $289,980.30) = Former City Manager
3. $239,719.80 (Total compensation with benefits $300,000.05) = Fire Division Chief
4. $218,512.98 (Total compensation with benefits $252,344.80) = Police chief
5. $211,627.90 (Total compensation with benefits $258,096.43) = Assistant City Manager
6. $206,596.92 (Total compensation with benefits $285,106.99) = Police captain
7. $201,658.38 (Total compensation with benefits $239,150.24) = AMP General Manager
8. $201,519.02 (Total compensation with benefits $248,145.43) = Fire Chief
9. $195,446.32 (Total compensation with benefits $239,234.99) = Firefighter
10. $194,789.39 (Total compensation with benefits $223,841.06) = Rec & Parks Director
So then I thought it would be interesting to look at all the people who earned more than $200K, which according to my list was only 68 employees and not 71. I went through and counted how many people on the list were in each department (okay, Excel counted for me) and it turns out that 50% of all the people that made more than $200K were in the Fire Department and 35% were in the Police Department, the next highest was the City Manager’s officer with a whopping 3%, all others like Housing Authority, AMP, Public Works, Park & Rec, Planning, and Development services only had one employee in the $200K club.
Another fun factoid that I (with the help of Excel) crunched was how much each department’s median income was. Of course this isn’t indicative of what all the folks make because in departments like Public Works there are folks on the very high end of the salary spectrum and folks on the very very low end. But I thought it was sort of neat, I’m rounding the dollars:
- Fire Department, 112 employees, $179K
- City Manager, 6 employees, $157K
- Police, 146 employees, $145K
- City attorney, 10 employees, $143K
- Human Resources, 8 employees, $118K
- Development Services, 21 employees, $112K
- City Clerk, 3 employees, $108K
- Finance, 25 employees, 101K
- AMP, 107 employees, $99K
- Planning and Building, 36 employees, $91K
- Library, 19 employees, $88K
- Public Works, 81 employees, $88K
- Rec & Park, 27 employees, $86K
- Golf, 18 employees, $81K
- Housing Authority, $78K
Of course this is all before the big cuts to all the departments, so it will be interesting to compare this list to next year’s list which will reflect the layoffs.
And finally a graphic representation on how the money is divided amongst the different departments, I combined City Attorney, City Manager, City Clerk and Human Resources into one larger Administration category because it was getting crowded at the end of the bar.