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One reason why there's a state budget crisis!

Nearly 2,000 state workers earned more than $132,000


SAN FRANCISCO � Nearly 2,000 state employees earned more than $132,000 last year, according to a newspaper report. That's up from 1,194 in 2003 and 1,021 in 2002.

The state controller's office provided data on the state's highest paid employees to the San Francisco Chronicle.

As a group, the state's top 20 best-paid employees earned $6.2 million in 2004, up 9 percent from 2003 and up 20 percent from 2002.

Pay for the top 2,000 employees rose 5 percent from 2002 to 2004. Salaries, overtime and other compensation for the state's top-paid workers all increased steadily during the past two years, despite the state's fiscal crisis. The lowest-paid person on that list, a surgeon at Sonoma State Hospital, made $131,454.

The average state employee, including part-time workers, earned about $42,400 last year, up 8 percent from 2002, according to the state controller's office.

Ron Getty SF Libertarian

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