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 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)
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.
Computer Assisted Reporting Notes and Files
- Payroll summary by department: Statistics (PDF), Boxplots (PDF)
- Payroll summary by position title: Statistics (PDF), Boxplots (PDF)
- Word clouds of position titles and department names (PDF)
- R analysis script and input/output files (ZIP)
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.
- Johnson County, Kansas
- Johnson County, Kansas at Sunshine Review: “A-” Grade for Sunshine (government transparency)
- Johnson County, Kansas, Wikipedia
- Kansas Watchdog County Resources (includes salaries from other counties)
- Search the Johnson County salary database, Kansas City Star, April 21, 2008.
- State Government Payroll Database, KansasOpenGov.org
- Government Employment & Payroll, U.S. Census Bureau
- New Kansas.com database: 2010 public salaries, Wichita Eagle, Nov. 23, 2010.
- KanView now provides salary information about state workers, Kansas Watchdog, Sept. 10, 2009.
- Public employees’ pay, Kansas City Star, March 31, 2008.
- Salaries for State Agencies, Lawrence Journal World, 2005.
- State public employee salary resources, Sunshine Review
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