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January 19, 2011


Want to know how much state employees earn?

by Deena Winter

The Platte Institute has a cool new website they call Nebraska Transparency, which allows you to search for any state employee and see what their salary and retirement benefit was in 2009.

Gov. Dave Heineman, for example, makes $109,000 and gets nearly $8,000 annually in retirement benefits. Attorney General Jon Bruning earns $95,000 and gets about $7,000 in retirement funds.

You can also see how much vacation they’ve accumulated.

You can search by department, by salary range, even by vacation hours or retirement compensation range. The website is still a work in progress, which is why you can only see 2009 data for now and the University of Nebraska is not there yet.

Berk Brown of the Platte Institute says eventually, they will have city and county salaries on the website, too. It takes time to get the data from all of these entities and get it in the right format.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. E
    Jan 19 2011

    Hopefully The Platte Institute will move down the line and start listing school district administrators, teachers and other school personnel. Can’t wait to see the camparison with those of us who work a 12-month, 5 and 6 day a week job.

  2. Dave Fall
    Jan 19 2011

    If you seek those who get rich off public service try research real numbers in Lobbying.
    Now this would be provocative if we talk with those who lobby for Cattlemen say???

  3. kewball
    Jan 19 2011

    Is Berk Brown’s salary listed somewhere? And what about those clowns on Leavenworth Street?

    This is a good start; seeing how much the State pays its human workers, but where are the numbers for those humans hiding behind the fiction of “corporate personhood” that our State created?

  4. Mike
    Jan 19 2011

    The State’s Constitutional Officers (Heineman, Bruning, Foley, Stenberg, etc.) do not accumulate vacation time like other State employees.

  5. John Duhon
    Jan 19 2011

    Chris Beutler refused to take a payraise even though it was reccomended, even though it’s considerably below a comparative analysis of other cities.

  6. Jan 19 2011

    John… Beutler refused a raise… after it became controversial, as I recall.


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