Salaries at Local Health Agencies Above State Officials’ Pay
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) last week raised the salaries of some cabinet officials to be more competitive with local government, but pay for state health officials remains lower than salaries paid by some cities, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
For example, the annual salary for the director of the Department of Health Services was raised to $165,000 from $133,732. The director of San Francisco's health department is paid $190,320 annually.
The Department of Mental Health Care director's salary also will increase to $165,000 from $133,732, but heads of mental health departments in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Francisco counties continue to receive higher salaries.
Nine agency secretaries will receive 22.7% raises, and 39 department heads will get raises ranging from 7% to 27%.
State officials based the new salaries on a survey of salaries at 24 large public agencies in California. The Department of Personnel Administration conducted the survey (Chorneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/31).