- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The 20 highest-paid state employees last year worked for the Wisconsin Investment Board, which manages the investments of the Wisconsin Retirement System.

The board’s chief investment officer, David C. Villa, took home a state-high $834,000, and each of the other 19 employess made at least $300,000, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday (https://bit.ly/1gEQxdb ).

The Department of Corrections paid the most of any state agency last year. The agency’s 10,000 or so employees made a total of $474 million, with a median salary of $46,000.

The investment board’s 159 workers made an average of $151,500, which was the highest in the state. The next-highest average was in prosecutors’ offices, where 442 employees made an average of $71,000.

The state Department of Administration paid a total of $1.6 billion in salaries last year, about 3 percent of which was for overtime. The department’s payroll data doesn’t include those working for the University of Wisconsin System or state Legislature.

About one-third of the agency’s employees, or about 13,500 people, worked in Dane County. They made a total of $671 million, a 4 percent increase from the previous year in which there were about 500 fewer employees.

The agencies whose permanent workers had the highest average salaries were the Public Service Commission ($63,512), the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands ($63,021) and the Employment Relations Commission ($62,350).

The lowest-paying agencies included the State Treasurer’s Office ($27,218), the Department of Veterans Affairs ($36,310) and the Public Defenders Office ($39,430).

The lowest average pay was for the 1,861 people who worked at Wisconsin State Fair Park. However, nearly all of them were temporary hires.



Wisconsin State Journal database of state employee salaries: https://bit.ly/1gETrP3


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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