Town Square

Post a New Topic

Palo Alto City Employee Salary Database

Original post made by resident, Adobe-Meadow, on Apr 12, 2009

Where can I find a database that includes all the 2007-08 salaries paid to any and all city employee? The Merc published an online database for San Jose, which I find very interesting. San Jose city employees make anywhere between $1 and $433,489. Phew $433,489 - that's a lot.

What are the salary ranges for Palo Alto? Who gets paid what and how much?

Comments (7)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

BTW Here's the Merc database: Web Link

Do we have one for Palo Alto? Or is information on Palo Alto city employee salaries difficult to obtain?

 +   Like this comment
Posted by J
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 12, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I know under the HR section of the RWC website, all positons are listed as well as salaries. I just think it stinks when names are attached. As a public employee myself, I always cringe when these papers publish names and salaries. Makes me feel like a target. It also causes more internal turmoil than external. Anyway, I realize it comes with the territory, but I really don't like being so exposed to the public.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by T
a resident of Mountain View
on May 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Poke around in that Merc link and you'll eventually find

Web Link

which has the 2006 salaries

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Anna
a resident of Downtown North
on May 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Looks like we have around 250-300 workers earning more than 100k in 2006. (Doubtless there are more now as more workers have received raises and bonuses in the interim 3 years.) As a rough estimate, it looks like the average pay for these well off $100k workers is in the range of $140k to $150k.

In these rough economic times, private sector workers are having layoffs and pay reductions, which seems reasonable. If we asked the fortunate $100k plus workers in our city to help out by taking a 10% pay cut, we could save around $4 million per year.

Isn't this reasonable?

 +   Like this comment
Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Did you see how many VTA "bus operators" make over $100,000 per year? Quite a few, and after subtracting over-time amounts the base salary looks to be over $90K.

God, why did I bother with college when I could make six figures driving a bus?

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Fred
a resident of Downtown North
on May 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Palo Alto Firefighters voted to forgo their raise in July in order to save the city $700,000+. I feel that was reasonable.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by PAResident
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Yes, the PA firefighters agreed to forgo their raise, but then they reneged and demanded the raise after all (according to 9/21/09 Daily Post, front page).

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Draeger’s Los Altos eyes upgrades, expansion
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,228 views

Housing is for People
By Steve Levy | 33 comments | 2,226 views

College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 1,560 views

"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed
By Douglas Moran | 21 comments | 818 views

A quiet moment
By Sally Torbey | 8 comments | 630 views