State salaries up 7 percent, report finds

It’s the Capitol community’s favorite clickable, online database. The Sacramento Bee has updated its list of public employee salaries, ready and available for your perusal.

The numbers feeding the search engine come from the State Controller’s payroll records.

The Bee reported that the state’s  public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce.

The state's payroll jumped to $16.4 billion in 2014, by from $15.3 billion in 2013. That’s a 7 percent jump. The increase, which does not include the salaries of legislative staff and university employees, was the first in three years.

But when adjusted for inflation, state salary costs are still lower than they were before the Great Recession, when state workers were subject to furloughs under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

You can find the entire searchable database here