Although the salaries of many public employees are part of the public record, not all of them are. For instance, the federal government does not release salaries of certain positions that are considered sensitive due to security concerns.
The practice of making government employee salary information part of the public record has been subject to some criticism, and the accessibility of public employee salary data can vary. Many salaries for employees of the federal government can be found on online databases. Whether a state employee's salary is part of the public record depends on the state for which that employee works. While some states make all of their public employees' salaries public, other states place restrictions on which employees' salaries are made public or who may access employee salary data.