Monday, March 28, 2011

State Employee Pay - No Secrets Anymore

What Florida State Employees Get Paid

LABELLE, FL. -- Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered all state employee salaries be listed publicly on the internet. A quick look for locally employed state workers in Hendry county found some surprises.

If you know a name, you can search the database for the salary, date of hire and organize the results by agency, or highest or lowest salaries. The state's highest paid employee appears to be Commissioner of Education Eric Smith at $275,000.

The Hendry Health Department, one of the largest state agencies in Hendry and Glades county has the salaries for the highest paid administrators as follows:

Hendry/Glades Health Department Administrator Patricia Dobbins, R.N., $96,000; Assistant Community Health Nursing Director, Patti Brownlee, $76,151; Brian Prowant, Environmental Health Manager, $65,000; Operations and Management Consultant Judy Paskvan, $55,664.

Local elected officials listed include Hendry County Judge Jim Sloan at $134,280, and Circuit Judge Nicholas Thompson earning $142,177.

The 20th Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney in LaBelle, Hamid Hunter earns $84,013.

Engineering Specialist Supervisor John Anderson at LaBelle's Dept. of Transportation Office earns $56,305 and Engineer Specialist Steve McCormick at $41,919.

Want to find more? Call the state agency and ask for names of the employee and then search the website database.

And Governor Scott's salary? 12 cents a year, as listed on the website.

Here's where to look up any state government employee's salary:


  1. Anonymous11:25 AM

    Since when have salaries of public employees ever been "secret"? In fact they have not been and you could have gotten the same information with a public records request. All the governor did was spend money he didn't have to spend but yet he's going to save money by reneging on his contract with employees.

  2. Anonymous3:01 PM

    "A quick look for locally employed state workers in Hendry county found some surprises." Why would any of these salaries surprise you? Unless you are fully aware of the daily job duties and responsibilities of each of these employees, then how can you rationalize whether their salaries are surprising?
    Again, another example of your stellar journalism! You should post your salary, so we could find it "surprising" that you are paid anything at all.

  3. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Ok, look up my salary as a Judicial Asst. in Duval County since 2002. Elizabeth Gardner. We are the people that are getting cuts not the big ones listed. It's us under 40K that work very hard. I am not one of those employees that got a state raise. I haven't rec'd one in 6 almost 7 years. Instead, I'm getting reduced each year.

  4. Anonymous6:24 AM

    The following is a random sampling from "Florida Has a Right To Know" website: These are actual positions, years of service, and poverty wages Rick Scott wants cut:

    1. Accountant IV, 12 years of service = $36,744.
    2. Tax Specialist II, 35 years of servce=$40,255.
    3. Correction­al Officer, 19 years of serv = $38,827.
    4. Vocational Rehab, 20 years of service = $27,943.
    5. Senior Rehabilita­tion, 30 years of service = $34,087.
    6. Government Analyst, 13 years of service = $37,561.
    7. Revenue Manager, 22 years of service = $31,691.
    8. Protective Investigat­or, 22 years of service = $33,783.
    9. Tax Auditor IV, 23 years of service = $44,845.
    10. Accountant I, 5 years of service, = $24,580.

    These workers haven't received a raise in five years and earn approx 50% less than their private sector counterparts..when compared nationwide, Florida's employee compensation ranks "dead last".

    State workers need to organize, protest, "sick-out", do whatever they must do to end the exploitation. They are textbook examples of the need for unions, and the fate of workers without union representation.