2021 Arizona government salary database from AZ Data Central – The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic is publishing the largest public database of government employees’ salaries in the state for the fourth year in a row.
On this page, subscribers can see salary information on more than 155,000 people from 28 government employers during the 2021 fiscal year (mid-2020 to mid-2021), including salaries. 
Subscribers can see the fiscal 2020 database here
As with our previous databases, this data includes most public employees of the state of Arizona, as well as the state universities: Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. 
The data also covers salaries for many cities across the state, such as Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe. It includes salaries from Maricopa, Pima, Coconino, Yavapai, Pinal and Yuma counties.
Valley Metro has been added to this year’s data, as well.
For each employee, the table may show: 
Annual rate of pay: This is the employee’s official rate of pay per year. It may not be the same as the actual wages, as it typically does not take into account overtime, bonuses, furloughs or other factors that might have caused an employee’s actual wages to increase or decrease.
Actual wages: This is the amount of pay employers reported when asked for “total regular pay or wages earned, minus overtime, benefits or allowances.”
This figure most likely does not include stipends, allowances, retroactive pay and many other specialized forms of compensation for certain employees.
For an employee who began work midway through the fiscal year, that employee’s “actual wages” might only be half of the “annual rate of pay,” because that person only worked half of the year.
Overtime: This amount is listed in all cases in which the employer reported it. In cases where overtime is listed, adding this figure to “actual wages” is the best calculation of how many real dollars an individual was paid for the year. 
Hourly rate of pay: This figure is provided by the employer, and may or may not suggest that the employee is paid by the hour. 
Employment status: This field generally describes whether an employee works full- or part-time. In most cases, the information is provided as it was reported by the employer.
For state employees, the Department of Administration provided a “full-time equivalent ratio” for each employee. This data reports all employees listed as 0.75 and higher as full time, and those below that number as part-time.  
Fields that are not included, or are blank, were not provided by the employer for that employee.
Arizona doesn’t publish a single database of public-employee salaries, so each year, Republic reporters file dozens of requests under the state’s Public Records Law, asking individual agencies to provide data.
The Republic requested detailed salary information for each employee. And the paper sought demographic details to show race, ethnicity and gender, but only one agency provided it.
Tucson, Chandler and Flagstaff have either have not provided data or what they provided was insufficient to include in this database. Reporters will include this data if and when the cities provide it.
If you want us to request salary data from a government employer not included in this database, reach out to The Republic’s data team using this form.
Public employee salaries are some of the most significant expenses any government incurs. The data is available under Arizona public records law to ensure the public knows how government bodies spend tax dollars.
The Republic believes in transparency in how government pays for itself.
But many agencies don’t make it easy to find, and none makes it easy to assess how their jobs pay compared with other agencies. So The Arizona Republic compiles this information each year.
This data can help government employees compare their pay to others who hold the same or similar jobs. A prior release of this data revealed pay disparities that at least one public agency has acknowledged and vowed to correct.
Do you see something in the database that merits further investigation? Got a tip? See something an employer is reporting inaccurately? Let us know using this form.
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