What City Employees in Livermore Get in Salary, Pension and Benefits

State controller's office releases a list on public payroll. Alameda County has the second highest average salary among counties.

Livermore has the 24th highest average employee salary among the 477 cities listed in a new public pay study.

The state Controller's Office has put together a chart of city and county employee salary, benefits and pension contributions for municipal agencies throughout California.

The 2011 salary list shows the average salary for municipal workers across the state is $61,059 a year.

The average salary for Livermore city workers is listed as $73,309. The total amount spent on city salaries was $40 million. The city has fewer employees and fewer employees per resident than the state average, but those workers get paid more.

Below are charts comparing the city with statewide averages as well as the top 10 Livermore city employees in salary. That chart includes annual pay and what the city contributed to benefits and pensions.

The employees are listed by position only, not name. The wages includes salary, overtime, vacation payouts and bonuses.

Livermore Statewide Average Population 81,687 64,930 Number of city employees 554 620 Ratio of residents per city employee 147:1 104:1 Average wages for city employees $73,309 $61,059 Amount spent on total wages $40 million Amount spent per resident $497 Source: California State Controller's Office


Employee position Total wages Benefits Pension City Manager $281,464 $13,924 $3,381 Police Chief $216,916 $17,981 $3,693 City Attorney $208,413 $16,674 $2,931 Library Services Director $191,175 $9,312 $2,414 Police Sergeant $189,321 $17,500 $11,372 Assistant City Manager $187,870 $16,674 $2,484 Administrative Services Director $186,096 $13,609 $2,537 Public Works Director $186,091 $13,408 $2,537 Community Development Director $184,169 $16,674 $2,537 Assistant City Attorney $178,929 $1,192 $7,605

Alameda County is ranked as having the second highest annual salary of the 57 counties listed.

The average county salary statewide for 2011 was $59,664.

Alameda County's average salary is listed as $69,386. The total spent on county employee salaries was $646 million.

Here are the top five county employees with wages as well as county contributions to benefits and pensions.

Employee position Total Wages Benefits Pension

County Administrator

$423,664 $25,332 $40,538 Physician III $305,163 $6,528 $62,683 Sheriff $287,187 $22,872 $165,329 Director, Information Tech $283,256 $16,439 $64,966 District Attorney $279,401 $16,086 $63,907

Chris McKenzie, the executive director of the League of California Cities, defended the municipal salaries.

He said high-ranking public employees oversee large departments, manage millions of dollars in funds and have to respond to a complex array of state and federal laws.

He also noted the administrators would be paid much larger salaries if they were doing comparable jobs in the private sector.

"These individuals are the chief executive officers of extremely important local government agencies," said McKenzie. "Would you want a low-paid surgeon to perform your next surgery? You can always go out and find cheaper employees, but you get what you pay for."

Officials with the California Taxpayers Association were asked by Patch for comment, but they did not respond.

Rich Buckley February 27, 2013 at 02:39 PM
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david February 27, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Let the haters start rapping on the salaries. If you pick on the police remember the two Santa Cruz officers killed yesterday and ask yourself if you would like their jobs. My guess is you don't.
MTCWBY February 27, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Last time I checked the police chief wasn't doing much police work in his three year trip to retirement. This list doesn't have anybody on it that's doing the day to day work with the public. Who knew that public service could pay so well. Especially with a golden pension.
Rich Buckley February 27, 2013 at 05:19 PM
During a recent city election I realized how ignorant of city finances I had allowed myself to become. I had no idea of its size, none whatsoever. My post is a debt to myself to pay for my unbounded ignorance on nearly all budget matters. What I believe happens when we discuss budgets in layman language, is to reduce misunderstandings, temper expectations, and over time, bring opposing interests together through direct, participatory democratic actions in open and transparent government. http://tinyurl.com/3vj6ka6
50 years here February 27, 2013 at 05:51 PM
$190K + $11K pension for a Police Sergeant, are you joking? Wonder what that pays in the private sector?
The Real Anon February 27, 2013 at 06:51 PM
There is no such thing in the private sector but it would surely be a lot less than the 190K a year plus a pension worth $5M. To put it another way, our "public safety professionals" earn more money than major league athletes earn in an average career. The average NFL player will earn $600K for an average of 6 years or so. A cop will earn more than that just in retirement alone, never mind the other millions that he made while actually working. In fact, the average Sgt police officer will make more money than the average tech entrepreneur will...most cofounders make much less than the $5-9M that a retiring Sgt will have earned.
david February 27, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I don't think there is a private sector equivalent where someone gets to work around the clock and get threatened with guns and knives by deranged people...just saying!
The Real Anon February 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM
David, think you mean, there is not a private sector equivalent for threatening people with guns just because you have a badge and enforcing a lot of stupid laws that nobody wants or cares about in order to control other people and allow the State a way to steal money from them. That doesn't exist in the private sector, just like in the private sector there is no market for equipping an army to go depose dictators or anyone else you don't like in the desert 7K miles away.
LBS February 27, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Police, firefighters..you deserve every penny!
William February 27, 2013 at 08:19 PM
There are plenty of good and qualified people who would wear the police badge and take the requisite risks for half or one-third the salaries now being paid. These guys are being paid 5x what a combat soldier gets. California is now officially a Banana Republic.
Paul February 27, 2013 at 09:34 PM
We could let go of all police and fire and replace all of them for less than a third of what there unions have extorted from the tax payers! If people really new the numbers there would be an uprising. As far as them risking there lives, no one has to do any job they don't want to do. Makes me sick and there are people that buy into this BS
Paul February 27, 2013 at 09:35 PM
LBS Keep drinking the cool aid !,,
Julia February 27, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I'd like the County Administrator gig and the hefty salary that comes with it!
Maurice Duenas February 27, 2013 at 09:55 PM
OUTRAGEOUS MEDICAL BENEFITS TO OUR PART-TIME CITY COUNCIL MEMBER Posted on October 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm When LAUREEN TURNER ran for Livermore City Council she pointed out the high cost of maintaining an employee: salary and benefits, and that she would 'have none of that'. The Fiends of Livermore backed her 100%. She seemed to be the new, fresh voice that Livermore needed. She appeared to be the Anti-Kamena. The Fiends of Livermore even created a special webpage to illustrate the evils of Kamena and other candidates, and to promote the breath of fresh air that Turner seemed to be providing. But, the Fiends of Livermore came to find out (after the election) that when she was a part-time director for LARPD, she had by far the LARGEST compensation package of anyone of the other directors. In fact, for 2011, her medical compensation ($12,866) was almost FOUR TIMES her salary ($3,475). By comparison, Wilson's and Faltings med package was ~$6,600; Hutchinson $500 and Goodman had no reported medical compensation. Now that Turner is on the city council, her medical compensation (Jan-June 2012) is over $13,400 - which is TWICE her actual pay. How is it that the lowest paid and newest member of the city council is getting a total compensation package almost TWICE that of the mayor? By comparison, councilman Horner and mayor Marchand have ZERO medical compensation and councilmembers Gary and Woerner approx $1,000 each so far this year.
Maurice Duenas February 27, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Look to this URL for the entire list of pay and benefits of our city council: http://img224.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=95080_citycouncil_122_1054lo.jpg So let me see if I have this right … Turner was working full-time in the private sector with employer/employee paid health insurance. She ran for City Council with the statement that she wouldn’t stand for inflated pensions, wasted tax money, exorbitant benefits, and certainly not benefits for part time workers. She knowingly decreased her work hours (thus losing the health coverage) and now the taxpayers are being forced to pay for this decision. If her medical insurance is so important to her, why did she run for office knowing that she already had the health coverage she so desperately need if she was going to reduce her hours and thus lose that coverage?
Maurice Duenas February 27, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Even the rest of the Livermore City council has turned against Turner. In today’s Independent, it was noted that 4 of the 5 council members showed interest in eliminating medical benefits paid by the taxpayers, Turner being the only one against. Marchand said that the council should lead by example. Council member Horner said that he was 100% in agreement, that he NEVER took advantage of the medical benefits, and he would not feel comfortable doing so, as the benefits were too large for a PART TIME job. Councilmember Gary said that all city paid benefits should be stopped. He added that for 42 years he has heard that people ONLY run for office for the benefits, and that was the wrong reason to sit up here and make decisions. However, Laureen Turner objected, stating that “I am not in a position to serve without the benefits.”
Maurice Duenas February 27, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Even though the other council members seem to agree that their positions are part-time, she somehow is the only one who went on record and argued that her position was a full time job. She must know something that the other council members do not. Recently, the regional newspapers published information about some of the outrageous and outlandish benefits our part time elected officials receive “Officials rake in big time perks for part time work” at OUR expense.. The 4/26/11 issue of the Tri Valley Herald stated: Members of local school boards, city councils, park districts, transit agencies and water and sewer districts need to decide whether they sought office to serve their communities or to drink at the public trough. These are supposed to be part-time positions, setting policy and overseeing the well-paid, professional managers of local government agencies. They are not supposed to be a primary means of support. That's why a token compensation, say a couple hundred dollars a month, might be appropriate to offset the actual expenses of a part-time elected official.
Maurice Duenas February 27, 2013 at 09:57 PM
PART TIME elected officials and part time employees have NO business collecting medical benefits, especially "full-time" benefits like TURNER is doing.
david February 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Actually, I meant what I said and I definitely don't need you to misstate what I wrote. As to your desert comment, perhaps you need to talk with Pres. Obama who continues to invest in corrupt leaders while costing American blood and treasure.
Paisley February 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM
"Livermore has the 24th highest average employee salary among the 477 cities listed in a new public pay study." So, you guys are actually bragging about paying your people more than Belvedere and Tiburon!? Insanity. Complete insanity. Of the 23 cities that pay their employees more - 5 belong to Riverside. Which is pretty much bankrupt right now. "The yearly debt owed by taxpayers to keep Riverside County's pension system afloat has grown by 80 percent in six years" http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120819/NEWS01/208190312/Riverside-County-s-1-144-000-000-pension-gap One city is VERNON! Of Bell California Fame. Where the employees looted the entire city. These are the types of houses people in Belvedere live in. https://www.google.com/search?q=belvedere+ca&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=hZguUbH9HIrEiwLEnYCoAQ&ved=0CEgQsAQ&biw=1152&bih=1079
Paul February 28, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I have an idea... Every homeowner should request their property taxes be re evaluated since the city evidently has an excess of cash.
LBS February 28, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Livin the good life Paul.......
Kathleen Schoening February 28, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I think it is interesting that the average Livermore city employee only gets paid $73K to service more residents than the state average in a city than is larger than the state average. We then expect those same workers to perhaps buy a home here for $400K plus. We expect much out of those employees. As for the ones that get paid over $175K, well...The City Manager salary is ridiculous and needs to be adjusted.
Paisley February 28, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Well, the temp clerks and library aids really drive down the average because they get paid so little. Some only a few thousand bucks if that. Most of the people who actually make in the 73K range are appropriate. They are typically clerks or groundskeeping. I don't know anywhere in the private sector where a groundskeeper makes on average 70k a year.
Kathleen Schoening March 01, 2013 at 07:15 PM
From a confirmed City source I received the following information which puts sheds some light: The current data for City of Livermore is as follows currently in 2013, the City of Livermore has 452 employees, not 552. This puts our ratio of residents to employees at 184:1. The numbers that Patch cites in the article are not salary, they are total "wages" or total compensation including contributions into the employees' retirement fund. However, that compensation number for the City Manager is also out of date You can go to the City's website and pull up a copy of the City Manager's contract which puts his salary at $192,000 per year. He also pays out of his salary, the full employee's contribution to PERS which is 8% of his salary. He has worked for Livermore for 25 years and manages a $76M budget.
T. Brickle March 02, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Paul, you are correct. No one has to do any job they don't want to do. So, in light of your astute observation, would you like to step in and take their place at a third of what they currently make?
Laureen Turner April 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM
My Duenas, Once again you have the facts incorrect. I am not in support of removing the benefits for city council altogether- that is true. However, I am strongly in favor of allowing council members the opportunity to pay for their benefits at the rate the city pays. Had that been an option, I would have certainly paid for them. The city is currently working on a change to the policy that will allow for this. Also, as you well know, I no longer take benefits from the city as I now have them from my work. Lauree Turner
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