Nice work if you can get it.
The state of California has posted online data for all government employees. The summary data are here, but understate the averages because they include part-time, contract, and partial-year workers. The raw data are here.
Here are the details for the seaside town of Encinitas for 2012, with part-time, contract, and partial-year workers and city council members filtered out.
Staff have data to show that the pay ranges are comparable to other California cities, so why should the elected council even question whether $130,000 per worker is fair, reasonable, or affordable, or bears any relation to private sector compensation?
The median household income (i.e. including those with two or more working adults) in Encinitas is estimated around $80,000 – $90,000 per year, with far less generous benefits.
Hat tip to California Public Policy Center.
Encinitas’ private employment data from the city in 2009 for comparison: