2015-16 salaries of local government employees

Published Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 2018

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 41,000 employees.

The FOI request for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2015, and ended June 30, 2016, 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 $45,684. 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 $274,353
James L. Stegmaier Chesterfield County County Administrationistrator $265,015
John A. Vithoulkas Henrico County County Manager $264,625
Sterling Rives Hanover County COUNTY ATTORNEY $253,043
Cecil Harris Hanover County COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR $239,907
Thomas J. Swartzwelder King and Queen County Co.Adm., Zoning Adm., Co. Attorney $238,500
Dana T. Bedden City of Richmond Schools Superintendent $237,579
Selena Yvette Cuffee-Glenn City of Richmond H243|Chief Administrative Officer $235,400
Gary R. Mclaren Henrico County Economic Development Authority Executive Director $231,881
Allen Yee Chesterfield County Physician $222,856
Joseph P. (Joe) Rapisarda Henrico County County Attorney $222,644
Patrick C. Kinlaw Henrico County Schools Superintendent of Schools $212,446
Michael B. Gill Hanover County Schools Division Superintendent $210,648
Jeffrey L. Mincks Chesterfield County County Attorney $203,983
William W. Davenport Chesterfield County Commonwealth Attorney $203,372
Asha Mishra Chesterfield County Psychiatrist $199,618
Gary D. Mcgowan Chesterfield County Physician $197,744
Michael N. Herring City of Richmond J301|Commonwealth's Attorney $194,254
Rebecca Dickson Goochland County County Administrator $191,823
Leo F. Griffin City of Richmond H222|Executive Director, Richmond Retirement System $191,652
Debra Darlene Gardner City of Richmond H508|Deputy Chief Administrative Officer $189,375
Sheryl D. Bailey Chesterfield County Deputy County Administrationistrator $187,974
Radhika Sriram Chesterfield County Psychiatrist $187,000
Sarah C. Snead Chesterfield County Deputy County Administrationistrator $186,984
Allen Link Jackson City of Richmond H241|City Attorney $186,868

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 $126,000 $41,015
Amelia County Schools $118,920 $42,031
Ashland $117,242 $49,657
Caroline County $133,090 $39,463
Caroline County Schools $144,452 $45,323
Charles City County $119,516 $36,210
Charles City County Schools $137,538 $42,588
Chesterfield County $265,015 $47,518
Chesterfield County Schools $274,353 $45,483
City of Richmond $235,400 $45,673
City of Richmond Schools $237,579 $46,751
Colonial Heights $150,813 $48,401
Colonial Heights Schools $138,095 $45,332
Cumberland County $142,763 $35,042
Cumberland County Schools $116,222 $43,304
Dinwiddie County $136,150 $42,059
Dinwiddie County Schools $170,902 $44,058
Goochland County $191,823 $44,772
Goochland County Schools $168,000 $44,778
Hanover County $253,043 $50,075
Hanover County Schools $210,648 $46,829
Henrico County $264,625 $49,661
Henrico County Economic Development Authority $231,881 $49,351
Henrico County Schools $212,446 $45,662
Hopewell $155,043 $43,056
Hopewell Schools $150,000 $45,288
King and Queen County $238,500 $35,287
King and Queen County Schools $118,019 $38,983
King William County $125,492 $39,308
King William County Schools $132,404 $47,264
Louisa County $134,562 $40,339
Louisa County Schools $151,363 $44,944
New Kent County $135,102 $41,038
New Kent County Schools $131,070 $42,591
Petersburg $139,500 $36,620
Petersburg Schools $121,736 $44,333
Powhatan County $158,230 $41,485
Powhatan County Schools $135,660 $45,078
Prince George County $160,943 $49,453
Prince George County Schools $150,000 $42,913
RRHA $158,600 $42,000
Sussex County $144,540 $41,435
Sussex County Schools $126,072 $45,783
West Point $100,900 $38,088
West Point Schools $125,000 $51,760