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What They Earn: Arlington County Salary Database

Salaries account for more than half of the local government's operating expenses. Use this searchable salary database to find out how that money is being paid out.

Editor's note: The database portion of this report is down, temporarily. We are working to fix this as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience!

Did you know the Arlington Public Library chief makes more than the head of the county's Parks and Recreation Department? Or that the county's human resources director makes more than the sheriff?

While the average job in Arlington pays more than $100,000 — second only to Manhattan, according to the Business Journals — fewer than 1 in 10 of Arlington County's 3,500-plus employees earn that much.

As of March 1, Arlington County had 3,543 full- and permanent part-time employees, according to a salary database the county provided at Patch's request.

That breaks down to 3,304 full-time employees and 239 part-timers. The above database includes full-time employees. Click here to view a database of part-time employees.

Arlington's highest-paid employee makes nearly $253,000 annually; it's lowest-paid, about $27,000 a year.

In January, the Arlington County Board gave a 5-percent raise to County Manager Barbara Donnellan and County Attorney Stephen MacIsaac, along with a 10-percent raise to Clerk Hope Halleck.

Board members approved those raises with no public discussion, agreeing to vague contract amendments that failed to tell anyone watching them exactly what they were doing. The county only explained the raises after reporters asked about them.

Thanks to those raises, three of Arlington's top employees are now the second-highest paid among their peers in Northern Virginia, according to a comparison by the Washington Post.

The county last raised its living wage, the lowest amount it will pay an employee, about a year ago, to $13.13 per hour.

The Arlington County Board is weighing a $3.4 million proposition that would give pay raises to most employees in next year's budget.

How to Use the Salary Database

Though made informally, the county treated Patch's inquiry as a Freedom of Information Act request. As such, the county provided each employee's name, position, department and hourly rate. Salaries were extrapolated by multiplying each hourly rate by 2,080.

To search the database, simply enter a first and/or last name, specify a department or job title you are interested in, and click "search." Leave the name fields blank for an entire department or countywide list.

Click on a column name to sort your results in ascending or descending order by that column.

Some employees use different titles or different names in their daily business. The county's director of communications, Diana Sun, for instance, is listed in the database as Diana Solymossy and her actual title is assistant county manager.

The Arlington County Employees' Retirement System has two employees, included here because the county handles their payroll.

The above database includes base salary information only; bonuses and other compensation are not included.

This database is limited to county government employees. It does not include Arlington Public Schools salary information.

Sammy Samovar April 14, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Arlington county residents should ideally live in Arlington. To live here requires adequate compensation, and it should be commensurate with the skills and talents of the workers. I am thankful that we can attract and retain these fine county servants and that they are our neighbors.
Mr. Neutron April 16, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Public salaries are public information. Mine (as a federal employee) is public, so why should state or county employees' salaries be any different? No reason. Have some cheese with your whine?
Linda Pearl June 07, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Ideally, they should. But most of the highest paid don't live in Arlington and some have zero regard for what's good for Arlington. The $17K scandal with Parks is only a teeny-tiny piece of the theft they perpetrate continually. Even the most cursory review of credit card spending in that department and actual expenditures in that department would have earth-shaking consequences. I've witnessed sexual harassment, credit card fraud, whistleblower firing, de facto demotions, outright theft, drinking in county vehicles - and these are the senior managers, seriously. Truly there are some fine employees here, I know many of them. But the bad apples have free rein and NO accountability so they are spoiling the whole bushel for everyone. They reduce funds available for the projects we want and cost us millions. And for that we pay them top dollar!! (Or send them to Alexandria...) Sorry "observer" you're flat out wrong...and kinda rude too. Anonymous is completely right - been there, seen that.
laura.dely July 23, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I know that Arlington County pays its employees quite handsomely, but what is troubling is that the people who clean the County offices are paid just $8.25 an hour. Not even the living wage of $13 and change, because the janitors are hired by a sub-contractor to the property manager of the Courthouse Plaza building. In a similar way, Big Box retailers like Wal-Mart absolve themselves of responsibility for the sweatshop workers in Bangladesh, Vietnam, and other developing countries. They say they don't have any responsibility for those workers, just as Board Chairman Walter Tejada told me about the people who empty his trash can. Arlington County's Living Wage calculation is a mystery too. How, for instance, could the wage not increase with the rise in food costs, gas costs, phone and internet costs, clothing costs in the past few years? And how can they justify $13 an hour when it is known that almost all of the janitors at Courthouse are parents too? And why doesn't the County do more to promote the idea of paying a Living Wage? Why doesn't it start with its Property Manager, Vornando, and offer it to be the first business in a new Living Wage Business Certification, just like it does for Green Businesses?
shanetta ore April 28, 2014 at 09:06 AM
where is the link?

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