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Johnson County Government Payroll

By   /   October 18, 2011  /   1 Comment

In 2010 the Johnson County government  payroll for its 3,605 employees was almost $164 million, which included about $7.7 million in overtime payments.

With a 2010 census population of 544,179, an increase of 20.6 percent since 2000, earnings by county workers cost every person about $301.

For the 326,021 residents ages 21 to 64 that’s $502 per working-age resident.

The median annual earnings for a Johnson County worker was $42,492 with the middle half of workers earning between $30,609 and $58,195.

Top Pay

Top paid Johnson County workers included 115 paid more than $100,000 (which were statistical outliers in this boxplot).

Table 1.  Top 10 salaries among Johnson County government workers in 2010


Almost 1900 workers were paid a total of $7.7 million in overtime.

Over 75 percent of overtime was paid by the Sheriff’s Office and by Emergency Medical Services.

Table 2.  Departments paying the most overtime in Johnson County in 2010

Table 3. Top 10 individuals receiving overtime payments in 2010


Only 73 employees were given bonuses in 2010 and these totaled slightly more than $20,000.

Bonuses ranged from fifty employees receiving a $100 bonus to one person receiving a $1500 bonus.

Almost 85 percent of the bonuses were paid to workers in seven departments:

Table 4.  Johnson County departments paying 85% of bonuses in 2010

Carmen Helen Carter, a project manager, in Information Technology Services received the largest bonus, $1500.

Four of the six $1000 bonuses were paid in the Appraiser’s Office to managers and supervisors.

Departments with largest payrolls

Seven departments accounted for about 80 percent of the county’s payroll:

Table 5. Johnson County departments in 2010 with 80 percent of the total payroll

See Summary of Payroll by Department for all departments.

Payroll by job positions

Johnson County assigns one of 924 different job positions to its 3,605 employees.  Many employees have a unique title not shared with anyone else.

Even with the large number of positions, the top 10 positions account for 30 percent of the payroll

Table 6.  Top 10 job positions account for only 30 percent of payroll

See Summary of Payroll by Position for all positions.

List of Employee Earnings

Table 7. Johnson County 2010 Payroll (click below to view PDF)

(click to view PDF)

Download file with Johnson County 2010 payroll information in Excel or PDF format. The Excel file can be filtered or sorted differently.

Johnson County is the largest county in Kansas with a 2010 census population ahead of Sedgwick County with 498,365 and Shawnee County with 177,934.

See Technical Analysis report for additional details.

Cross-county comparisons will be made in future articles.

Word cloud of position titles in Johnson County in 2010 (click to enlarge)

Computer Assisted Reporting Notes and Files

Statistics summary files show number of employees, salary lower and upper bounds (min and max if there are no outliers), quartiles (Q1, Q2 — the median,  and Q3).  Sum, mean and percent of total figures are also shown. See p. 4 of Technical Analysis report for information about boxplots.


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  • Charlotte O’Hara

    ……..so I guess there’s no room to cut costs? Those salaries are eye popping, our commissioners should take a moment to see what is happening int he real world and adjust costs accordingly.

    The word that comes to mind to describe this; shameful.

    As usual, Kansas Watchdog, great job and thank you for the information.

    Charlotte O’Hara