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Public paychecks: Meet San Francisco’s 50 highest-paid employees
Julia Cooper<sanfrancisco/bio/15481/Julia+Cooper>6 hours ago
Which employees at the city and county of San Francisco took home the biggest paychecks in 2018?
The 50 highest-paid public employees work for 11 different departments, including many from police, sheriff, fire and public health.
Check out the gallery above for a look at the 50 highest-paid public employees in San Francisco.
The top-paid employee of 2018 is something of an anomaly. Paulo Morgado<sanfrancisco/search/results?q=Paulo%20Morgado>, a former San Francisco police officer, received a $592,394 payout after a series of court rulings, as reported by Mission Local.<https://missionlocal.org/2019/09/paulo-morgado-the-sfpd-officer-who-earned-more-than-the-chief-in-2018-has-been-fired-again/> Morgado was initially fired in 2011 after the Police Commission found he had used unnecessary force and committed other wrongful acts. Morgado sued and was reinstated after an appeals court ruled the city denied his right to appeal his termination and had to pay him back wages. But then an administrative law judge upheld the commission’s 2011 decision, dismissing Morgado a second time.
Not all employees have quite the backstory surrounding their pay, but 933 San Francisco workers can say they took home more than Mayor London Breed<sanfrancisco/search/results?q=Mayor%20London%20Breed>’s $214,878 compensation in 2018. (Breed was sworn in on July 11, 2018; she now earns an annual salary of $335,996.)
In all, San Francisco paid out $3.7 billion in total wages to 40,951 employees in 2018 — a 22 percent increase from five years ago, when it distributed $2.9 billion to 35,771 employees, according to the State Controller's Government Compensation in California website<https://publicpay.ca.gov/>.
The five San Francisco departments that doled out the most wages in 2018 are the following: Public Health, $819 million; Municipal Transportation Agency, $545 million; Police, $417 million; Fire, $276 million; and Public Utilities Commission, $243 million.