Examining Public Pay in California: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Transparent California has released a new study that analyzed the pay received by employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The study compared the pay and benefits of DWP employees to their Los Angeles counterpart, as represented by the average BLS wage for the same job. For instance, the average security officer in Los Angeles received a wage of $26,640 in 2013, whereas the average DWP security officer made $65,778, excluding overtime. When accounting for the value of employer-paid retirement and health benefits, the average DWP security officer receives compensation that is nearly 4 times greater than the average LA area security officer. A summary of its findings are presented below: Untitled

The study can be viewed in its entirety at the California Policy Center’s website, or in PDF format here.

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  1. Transparent California: Keep up the great work. Everyone should have access to public sector pay data and see where some public employees may be compensated fairly, whereas other public employees may be egregiously overcompensated.

    I’m spreading the word.

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