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Douglas County Government Payroll

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In 2010 the Douglas County government payroll for its 805 employees was slightly more than $20 million, which included about $713,000 in overtime payments.

With a 2010 census population of 110,826, an increase of almost 11 percent since 2000, earnings by county workers cost every person about $183.

For the 67,624 residents ages 21 to 64 that’s almost $300 per working-age resident.

Douglas County’s 805 employees can be divided into 516 full-time employees and 289 part-time election workers.

Online search page: Search and filter Douglas County 2010 salary data

The median gross pay for a full-time Douglas County worker was $39,142 in 2010 with the middle half of workers earning between $17,655 and $56,760.

The median payment to election workers was only $200.  Election workers were paid a per diem rate depending on the job.

Top Pay

Top paid Douglas County workers included eight paid more than $100,000.

Table 1. Douglas County workers paid $100,000 or more in 2010

(A boxplot of salaries shows the top four gross pay amounts are high “statistical outliers.”)


About 260 workers were paid a total of nearly $713,000 in overtime.  Most of the overtime was limited to three departments.

Table 2. Departments paying 96 percent of overtime in Douglas County in 2010

Table 3. Top 10 individuals receiving overtime were paid $10K or more in 2010 in Douglas County

Payroll by Department

Payroll information for Douglas County can be broken down into its 18 departments.

Table 4. Gross pay by Douglas County departments in 2010

See Summary of Payroll by Department for all departments.

Payroll by positions

Douglas County assigns one of 163 different job titles to its 516 employees.

Table 5. About 16 positions account for half of the payroll in Douglas County in 2010

See Summary of Payroll by Position for all positions.

List of Earnings by Employee

Table 6. Douglas County 2010 Payroll (click below to view PDF)

Download file with Douglas County 2010 payroll information in Excel or PDF format. The Excel file is in alphabetical order by name but can be filtered or sorted differently.

Download file with Douglas County election worker pay information.


  • The hourly rates are the ones effective at the end of Dec. 2010 and may have been different earlier in the year.
  • Employees in the Auditor position are paid a flat biweekly rate for their services.

Douglas County is the fifth largest county in the state with a 2010 census population of 110,826.  Douglas County is between Wyandotte County with a population of 157,505 and Leavenworth County with a population of 76,227.

See Technical Analysis report for additional details.

Cross-county comparisons will be made in future articles.

Word cloud of positions in Douglas 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.


Contact: Earl F Glynn, earl@kansaswatchdog.org, KansasWatchdog.org

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