San Francisco’s eye watering Public Sector Salaries

Forbes has compiled an interesting update on the public sector in San Francisco. The city is currently running a $1.5bn deficit. 44,526 public sector employees cost the city over $5bn pa. 18,759 of these employees take home $150,000 or more.

Of note, San Francisco is ranked 67 out of 75 large cities in America for its fiscal position with a “D” rating according to Data-Z

Looking through the books, some truck drivers took home over $262,000; city painters made over $270,000; firefighters earned $316,000+; and plumbing supervisors took home $348,291 in 2019. One deputy sheriff hit a total pay day of $574,595 in 2019 – including $315,896 in overtime. Such pay also includes pension and health care.

SF Mayor London Breed earns $452,000.

Police Chief William Scott earned $434,613. Four assistant chiefs (police and management) received between $346,528 and $445,539. Then, there were 195 employees with pay and perks exceeding $300,000 each. Sheriff Paul Miyamoto made $357,570.

Fire Dept Chief Jeanine Nicholson earns $442,722. Her predecessor retired on $311,560 annually.

Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru took home $380,120.

Homeless Services & Supportive Housing Director Jeff Kosinsky earned $238,182 last year despite a rise in homeless numbers.

Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu made $302,145.

Unfunded liabilities for pension and healthcare stands at $8.1bn or $9,000 per resident. The city’s financial report was released 268 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.

One can understand the frustration of the population in lockdown when those public officials supposed to look after them are collecting monster pay checks.

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