2015-16 salaries of Virginia state employees

Published Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2016

Editor’s note: The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained state employees’ names, job titles and salaries using the state’s Freedom of Information statute. As required by law, the state provided information for 105,115 employees. The FOI request for the state 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. However, state officials said the data represents a snapshot of compensation in April, 2016. The Times-Dispatch removed those reported as less than $10,000 a year before calculating the median salary. The names of employees who fall below the statewide median of $49,516 are not included in the online database.


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Top earners

Name Agency Job Total pay
Michael Rao Virginia Commonwealth University President $900,940
Ronald Schmitz Virginia Retirement System Chief Investment Officer $895,896
Paul Trible Christopher Newport University President - Christopher Newport University $844,245
Teresa Sullivan University of Virginia President - University of Virginia $733,800
Timothy Sands Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) President - Virginia Tech $717,500
Angel Cabrera George Mason University President $664,881
Charles Grant Virginia Retirement System Managing Director $649,380
Kenneth Howell Virginia Retirement System Managing Director Global Investments $649,200
Charles Phlegar Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Administrative - Lecturer $635,000
J.H. Binford Peay Virginia Military Institute Superintendent VMI $612,500
John Grier Virginia Retirement System Managing Director Internal Asset Management $589,948
Stephen Mcclelland Virginia Retirement System Director of Credit Strategies $580,809
Irving Kron University of Virginia Professor $561,099
Field Griffith Virginia Retirement System Director Real Assests $560,083
Robert Anae University of Virginia Assoc Head Coach/Coord-FBASCHC $550,000
Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace University of Virginia Medical Center Chief Executive Officer $550,000
John Broderick Old Dominion University President $533,799
W. Taylor Reveley College of William & Mary President - College of William & Mary $520,000
Scott Beardsley University of Virginia Administrative - Professor $520,000
Robert Bruner University of Virginia Professor $518,900
Bryan Gardiner Virginia Retirement System Director Internal Fixed Income Management $517,658
Bronco Mendenhall University of Virginia Head Coach, Football-FBHC167 $500,000
Michael Friedlander Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Administrative - Professor $500,000
Daniel Whitlock Virginia Retirement System Director Global Equity $498,743
Jonathan Alger James Madison University President James Madison Univ $493,882

Pay by agency Median | Average

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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.


Agencies

NameTop payMedian
Attorney General & Dept of Law $150,000 $65,900
Auditor of Public Accounts $178,950 $64,000
Board of Accountancy $117,024 $67,146
Christopher Newport University $844,245 $51,000
College of William & Mary $520,000 $56,300
Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program $117,923 $58,140
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council $104,622 $64,344
Compensation Board $107,987 $52,557
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services $206,064 $48,529
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired $114,945 $39,310
Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing $98,082 $57,411
Department of Accounts $167,541 $66,150
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services $165,552 $48,519
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control $153,000 $40,585
Department of Aviation $134,286 $68,739
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services $254,919 $32,663
Department of Conservation & Recreation $147,162 $47,957
Department of Corrections $268,173 $36,442
Department of Criminal Justice Services $121,380 $59,915
Department of Education $206,467 $60,251
Department of Elections $108,202 $66,300
Department of Emergency Management $122,791 $56,137
Department of Environmental Quality $184,649 $61,788
Department of Fire Programs $92,162 $58,446
Department of Forensic Science $162,685 $71,335
Department of Forestry $140,760 $46,924
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries $140,208 $50,979
Department of General Services $162,344 $50,581
Department of Health $204,836 $47,398
Department of Health Professions $227,434 $60,850
Department of Historic Resources $107,748 $55,978
Department of Housing and Community Development $133,297 $60,151
Department of Human Resource Management $145,628 $69,449
Department of Juvenile Justice $155,012 $43,484
Department of Labor and Industry $126,710 $49,448
Department of Medical Assistance Services $198,000 $68,024
Department of Military Affairs $135,548 $40,944
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy $142,500 $66,518
Department of Motor Vehicles $160,165 $40,350
Department of Planning and Budget $167,669 $86,659
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation $137,700 $55,021
Department of Rail and Public Transportation $158,391 $82,653
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity $135,404 $63,015
Department of Social Services $164,702 $50,860
Department of State Police $179,325 $52,529
Department of Taxation $159,855 $48,312
Department of the Treasury $167,408 $56,776
Department of Transportation $202,419 $50,085
Department of Veterans Services $155,250 $34,153
Division of Capitol Police $120,000 $45,530
Division of Legislative Automated Systems $158,821 $88,892
Division of Legislative Services $148,588 $78,392
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia $112,002 $32,439
George Mason University $664,881 $64,147
Gunston Hall Plantation $104,924 $65,159
Indigent Defense Commission $161,012 $50,130
James Madison University $493,882 $54,445
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation $249,007 $39,583
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission $156,748 $71,861
Longwood University $331,731 $53,290
Marine Resources Commission $118,223 $43,604
Motor Vehicle Dealer Board $113,000 $46,746
New College Institute $98,586 $57,049
Norfolk State University $321,900 $50,904
Office of Children's Services $104,184 $76,990
Office of the Governor $175,000 $58,278
Office of the Lieutenant Governor $86,700 $42,760
Office of the State Inspector General $157,945 $73,941
Old Dominion University $533,799 $56,100
Radford University $430,899 $53,040
Richard Bland College (of William and Mary) $370,592 $48,960
Secretary of Administration $159,762 $80,120
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry $159,817 $76,500
Secretary of Commerce and Trade $166,915 $64,795
Secretary of Education $159,960 $119,340
Secretary of Finance $170,854 $119,340
Secretary of Health and Human Resources $159,291 $123,180
Secretary of Natural Resources $158,966 $120,445
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security $168,838 $91,000
Secretary of Technology $158,966 $119,340
Secretary of the Commonwealth $158,966 $45,000
Secretary of Transportation $166,915 $122,400
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs $163,642 $119,340
Senate of Virginia $175,392 $52,015
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center $153,898 $48,654
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center $130,000 $42,614
State Board of Bar Examiners $162,365 $69,184
State Corporation Commission $185,260 $63,276
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia $203,067 $67,214
State Lottery Department $166,946 $63,713
The Library of Virginia $156,568 $50,632
The Science Museum of Virginia $207,412 $45,900
Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission $127,500 $56,454
University of Mary Washington $442,424 $53,700
University of Virginia $733,800 $61,800
University of Virginia Medical Center $550,000 $51,750
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities $98,536 $56,100
Virginia College Savings Plan $204,724 $67,500
Virginia Commission for the Arts $88,009 $49,980
Virginia Commonwealth University $905,940 $56,100
Virginia Community College System $430,472 $56,320
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority $323,235 $74,114
Virginia Employment Commission $156,970 $43,006
Virginia Foundation Healthy Youth $136,296 $77,019
Virginia House of Delegates $190,065 $49,373
Virginia Information Technologies Agency $175,000 $102,908
Virginia Israel Advisory Board $96,685 $96,685
Virginia Military Institute $612,500 $44,125
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts $357,000 $42,615
Virginia Museum of Natural History $115,029 $37,303
Virginia Parole Board $127,485 $57,878
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $717,500 $53,000
Virginia Port Authority $450,000 $66,047
Virginia Racing Commission $86,926 $86,926
Virginia Retirement System $895,896 $71,123
Virginia State Bar $171,204 $63,164
Virginia State University $335,000 $58,308
Virginia Tourism Authority $168,826 $54,608
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission $169,655 $51,411