How do you find the salaries of public employees?


Quick Answer

Salary information for federal employees is available at websites, such as governmentsalarydata.com or fedsmith.com. Each state has its own website for state employees, and anyone who wants that salary information can perform a simple Internet search to find the URL of the specific page on the state's public website.

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Governmentsalarydata.com uses several different sources to compile its salary database, including fiscal year reports from the US Office of Personnel Management and annual reports to Congress regarding White House staff. The site lets anyone search for information by agency, job title or geographic location.

It also allows searches by first and/or last name.

State websites offer the information in different ways. The Illinois Transparency and Accountability portal provides information on both staff and consultants by name or agency, while Pennsylvania's Pennwatch provides base pay salary information that excludes overtime income for its employees by name, agency or salary range.

Finding salary information for city, town or village employees is often more difficult. Some states have enacted laws that require municipalities to make salary information publicly available for employees who earn above a specific amount. If such a state law exists, it's not always followed. Anyone who wishes to find salary information should scour the city's website to see if the information is available there. If it isn't, they should visit their local city hall to find the information.

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