8 News NOW Salary Tracker Spotlights Employee Salaries

LAS VEGAS -- A closer look at numbers provided in the annual 8 News NOW Salary Tracker reveals government agencies in the Las Vegas Valley saw little overall change in taxpayer-funded employee salaries in 2013 compared to the prior year.

Here's a glimpse:

Clark County School District -- The school district in 2013 shelled out $1.39 billion in base pay and $1.5 billion in total gross pay. The base pay was up one-hundredth of 1 percent over 2012, but the total gross pay was down more than three-tenths of 1 percent. The school district also spent $755.1 million last year on benefits for total compensation of $2.26 billion.

The number of individuals on the payroll dropped from 42,194 to 39,592

Superintendent William Skorkowsky had the highest base salary, $216,503, and also the highest gross salary, $257,992.

There were 166 district employees who made at least $100,000 in base pay and 333 who made at least $100,000 in gross pay.

Among the 27,026 employees who made at least $20,000 in base pay in 2013, the average base pay was $48,091 and the average gross pay was $51,069. Both were up slightly over the $47,773 and $51,032 base and gross pay averages for 2012.

Henderson -- City workers in 2013 received $151.8 million in base pay and $175.4 million in total pay. The base pay was down three-tenths of 1 percent from 2012 but the gross pay was up two-hundredths of 1 percent. Total compensation in 2013 was $240.7 million.

There were 3,472 full-time and part-time employees in 2013, up from 3,433 the prior year.

City Manager Jacob Snow last year had the highest base pay, $225,000, while the highest gross pay went to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Lytle. He was paid $507,226, including $319,225 in severance.

There were 292 employees with base pay of at least $100,000.

Among the 1,903 employees with base pay of at least $20,000, the average base pay was $75,114. That was down slightly from $75,345 in 2012.

Las Vegas -- Employees made $180.5 million in base pay and $219.5 million in total wages in 2013. The base pay was up nine-tenths of 1 percent over 2012, and the gross pay was up five-hundredths of 1 percent. The total spent on wages and benefits last year was $495.5 million.

There were 3,535 workers on the payroll in 2013, up from 3,485 in 2012.

City manager Elizabeth Fretwell had the highest base salary, $187,411, and highest gross wages, $228,965.

There were 194 employees paid at least $100,000 in base salary and 758 who made at least $100,000 in gross wages.

Of the 2,386 employees who made at least $20,000 in base pay, the average base pay was $72,907 and the average gross pay was $88,909. Both were increases from 2012, when the average base pay for such employees was $71,489 and the average gross pay was $88,165.

Metro Police -- The agency spent $329.6 million on base pay and nearly $404.7 million on total pay in 2013. The base pay dropped 3.5 percent from the prior year, and the total pay declined two-tenths of 1 percent. Pay and benefits combined cost Metro $577.4 million in 2013.

Although total pay declined, overtime costs rose to $12.3 million in 2013, 30.6 percent higher than in 2012. The top 35 overtime recipients and 77 of the top 100 were corrections officers. 

The 2013 payroll listed 5,040 individuals, down from 5,683 in 2012.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie, whose pay is included in Clark County's totals instead of in Metro's, made $149,552 in salary in 2013. Assistant Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, at $175,008, and six other Metro employees drew higher salaries than did Gillespie last year.

Assistant Sheriff Gregory McCurdy last year had the highest total pay, $442,946, and highest combined pay and benefits, $512,469. That included $285,782 in severance pay. There were 15 Metro employees whose total pay exceeded $200,000 in 2013 but that included severance pay for all of them.

There were 160 Metro employees whose base pay exceeded $100,000 and 1,226 employees whose total pay reached six figures.

Among the 4,769 employees whose base pay was at least $20,000, the average base pay was $68,605. That was 1 percent higher than the 2012 average of $67,906 for such employees.

North Las Vegas -- The city last year spent $83.7 million on base pay and $101.3 million on total pay. The base pay increased by 14.1 percent over the prior year but the 2013 total pay was down 3.3 percent.

The increases in base pay for employees who survived the city's sharp budget cuts were more than countered by steep declines in separation pay, which fell from $15.8 million in 2012 to nearly $2.9 million last year. There also was a decrease in overtime pay from $5.3 million to $4,4 million.

The city also shelled out $55.3 million in 2013 for health and retirement benefits.

There were 1,595 individuals on the city's payroll in 2013, down from 1,973 the prior year.

Interim City Manager Qiong Liu had the highest base pay in 2013 at $154,915. But deputy police chief Victor Dunn had the highest total compensation, with pay and benefits of $458,146, including $240,400 in separation pay.

There were 102 employees with base pay exceeding $100,000.

Among the 1,086 city employees with base pay of at least $20,000, the average base salary was $73,869. That was considerably higher than the average base salary of $54,496 for 2012 employees earning at least $20,000 in base pay, suggesting the city retained more of its tenured workers than those at lower pay levels.

 


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