2014-15 salaries of local government employees

Published Sunday, Apr. 10th, 2016

The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained local school and government employees’ names, job titles and salaries using the state’s Freedom of Information statute. As required by law, the governments and school systems provided information for more than 42,000 employees.

The FOI request for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2014, and ended June 30, 2015, is part of The Times-Dispatch’s ongoing effort to report to you findings about government spending and the use of taxpayer money. The newspaper used the data to create this searchable database.

The Times-Dispatch removed those reported as less than $10,000 a year before calculating the median salary of $44,796. The names of employees who fall below that median are not included in the online database.

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Top earners

Name Agency Job Total pay
Marcus J. Newsome Chesterfield County Schools SUPERINTENDENT $282,258
Dana T. Bedden City of Richmond Schools SUPERINTENDENT $266,309
John A. Vithoulkas Henrico County County Manager $261,863
James L. Stegmaier Chesterfield County COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR $259,819
Sterling E. Rives Hanover County COUNTY ATTORNEY $246,334
Thomas J. Swartzwelder King and Queen County Co Adm Zoning Adm Co Attorney $238,500
Cecil R. Harris Hanover County COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR $235,060
Gary R. Mclaren Henrico County Economic Development Authority Executive Director $227,812
Elmore W. Davis Chesterfield County DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEV $219,743
Allen Yee Chesterfield County PHYSICIAN $218,486
Joseph P (Joe) Rapisarda Henrico County County Attorney $218,279
Patrick C. Kinlaw Henrico County Schools Superintendent of Schools $208,281
Jamelle S. Wilson Hanover County Schools Division Superintendent $203,341
Dianne Lena Reynolds-Cane Henrico County Institutional Physician $202,185
Jeffrey L. Mincks Chesterfield County COUNTY ATTORNEY $199,983
William W. Davenport Chesterfield County COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY $199,384
Radhika Sriram Chesterfield County PSYCHIATRIST $197,600
Asha Mishra Chesterfield County PSYCHIATRIST $195,704
Michael N. Herring City of Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney $194,254
Gary D. Mcgowan Chesterfield County PHYSICIAN $193,867
Rebecca Dickson Goochland County County Administrator $189,314
Allen L. Jackson City of Richmond City Attorney $186,868
Leo F. Griffin City of Richmond Executive Director Richmond Retirement System $186,768
Christopher L. Beschler City of Richmond Deputy Chief Administrative Officer $185,163
Sheryl D. Bailey Chesterfield County DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR $184,288

Pay by agency Median | Average

Hover over chart for details. Agencies listed alphabetically. Scroll right to see more agencies.

Average and median are slightly different ways to evaluate pay. The median salary represents the total payments made to the employee at the midpoint of all salaries. The average pay is the amount each employee would make if total payroll was divided equally. The greater the gap between average and median, the more top-heavy an organization is. This sometimes is the result of payroll with higher numbers of specialized jobs that command higher pay.


NameTop payMedian
Amelia County $131,375 $37,640
Amelia County Schools $102,542 $41,733
Ashland $117,243 $49,300
Caroline County $129,016 $39,463
Caroline County Schools $148,250 $41,301
Charles City County $117,172 $34,518
Charles City County Schools $136,342 $40,702
Chesterfield County $259,819 $46,866
Chesterfield County Schools $282,258 $44,591
City of Richmond $194,254 $43,853
City of Richmond Schools $266,309 $46,028
Colonial Heights $155,401 $46,450
Colonial Heights School $138,095 $44,928
Cumberland County $142,763 $35,040
Cumberland County Schools $132,022 $43,304
Dinwiddie County $120,683 $40,388
Dinwiddie County Schools $173,806 $43,142
Goochland County $189,314 $44,518
Goochland County Schools $160,926 $44,285
Hanover County $246,334 $49,956
Hanover County Schools $203,341 $45,378
Henrico County $261,863 $49,531
Henrico County Economic Development Authority $227,812 $48,383
Henrico County Schools $208,281 $44,766
Hopewell $156,000 $39,748
Hopewell Schools $166,070 $43,648
King and Queen County $238,500 $35,700
King and Queen County Schools $137,700 $39,347
King William County $123,031 $36,665
King William County Schools $175,759 $45,730
Louisa County $130,618 $40,977
Louisa County Schools $146,925 $44,270
New Kent County $128,349 $40,790
New Kent County Schools $128,500 $41,922
Petersburg $180,221 $36,769
Petersburg Schools $166,464 $42,851
Powhatan County $158,038 $42,702
Powhatan County Schools $154,318 $44,781
Prince George County $154,143 $47,973
Prince George County Schools $166,146 $43,663
RRHA $156,000 $44,338
Sussex County $141,705 $40,931
Sussex County Schools $122,400 $44,728
West Point $100,900 $36,597
West Point Schools $138,440 $50,771