The United States Census Bureau includes in it’s annual activities the “Survey of Public Employment & Payroll.” The homepage for this dataset is here:
You can read all about the methodology there.
The survey does not attempt to adjust income for additional benefits such as medical insurance or payments to retirement savings, which vary widely between states.
The following pages were created by downloading the 2014 Local Government Employment & Payroll Data, loading it into Excel, and creating a new column to calculate the average compensation per FTE.(1) Then, I added a second column that ranks each state within each job category using Excel’s =RANK function. In this way, Nevadans can see how they rank in compensating their team of public servants compared to taxpayers in other states.
Overall, local government workers in Nevada are paid the 11th highest wage of those in all states. Here is the list of the top 15. Click the Nevada line for job category detail….
|DC||Average All Categories||6,324||1|
|CA||Average All Categories||5,880||2|
|NJ||Average All Categories||5,613||3|
|NY||Average All Categories||5,541||4|
|WA||Average All Categories||5,489||5|
|CT||Average All Categories||5,144||6|
|RI||Average All Categories||5,087||7|
|AK||Average All Categories||5,073||8|
|MD||Average All Categories||5,071||9|
|MA||Average All Categories||4,945||10|
|NV||Average All Categories||4,930||11|
|HI||Average All Categories||4,824||12|
|IL||Average All Categories||4,631||13|
|OR||Average All Categories||4,631||14|
|DE||Average All Categories||4,556||15|
(1) (Full-time wages + part-time wages) divided by Full Time Equivalent people. Full-time equivalent is calculated by US Census to approximate the total full-time jobs presented by combined full and part time workforce.