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Salary Comparisons

There is a perception among some Washington citizens that their elected officials' salaries are too high and are not comparable with other public positions.

The information on these pages is presented to provide you with factual information about how our elected officials' salaries compare with their peers in other states and with public positions within the state of Washington.

The following chart compares the salary for the Governor of Washington with a few public managerial positions in the state.

Position

Salary

WSU President

662,560

U of W President

571,380

Tacoma City Manager

235,368

ESD 113 Olympia

190,000

ESD 171 Wenatchee

189,496

ESD 114 Bremerton

170,000

Governor

166,891

Walla Walla City Manager

163,428

Attorney General

151,718

University Place City Manager
148,380

Kelso School Superintendent

145,840

Aberdeen School Superintendent

144,125

Superintendent of Public Instruction

127,772

Commissioner Public Lands

124,050

Secretary of State

116,950

 

View additional comparative data on the following pages.

Legislative Salary Comparisons

Judges Salary Comparisons

Executive Branch Salary Comparisons

Comparison data was obtained by telephone and internet surveys by Commission staff and from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, and the 2012 Washington Association of Cities (AWC) Survey of City and County Employees.