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Palo Alto City Employee Salary Database

Original post made by resident 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)

Posted by resident, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
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?


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.


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


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?


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?


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.


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).


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