SANTA MONICA—City wages for many government employees are higher in Santa Monica than similarly sized towns throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.
According to a CBS Los Angeles report, some of the city’s pay packages have more than 100 employees earning close to $300,000 each in total compensation; citing the group Transparent California, CBS Los Angeles reports that “Santa Monica had 105 staffers pulling in more than $300,000 in pay, benefits and other perks in 2015.”
Transparent California revealed that Santa Monica pays more employees a higher wage compared to other cities of similar size upon examining Newport Beach and Orange County; both cities have approximately the same population as Santa Monica.
Newport Beach employs 13 individuals who earned a total compensation of $300,000. Long Beach, which is five times as large as Santa Monica, employed 13 individuals who earned a total compensation of $300,000 in 2015, CBS reported.
Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline A. Brooks is the highest paid city employee with a compensation package of $480,000. Brooks oversees a police force of approximately 200 officers and has a base salary of $306,000. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, who oversees a police force of approximately 9,000 officers and has a base salary of $344,000.
To view Transparent California’s employee records funds for Santa Monica, visit Transparentcalifornia.com.