2016-17 salaries of Virginia state employees

Published Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2017

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 compensation information for more than 105,000 employees.

The FOI request for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016, and ended June 30, 2017, 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.

State officials say the information represents a snapshot of compensation as of April 1, 2017.

The Times-Dispatch removed those reported as less than $10,000 a year before calculating the median salary of $50,082. 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
Ronald D. Schmitz Virginia Retirement System Chief Investment Officer $957,715
Michael Rao Virginia Commonwealth University President VCU $875,284
Paul Trible Christopher Newport University Pres Christopher Newport Univ $839,449
Timothy D. Sands Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) President VPI and SU $770,850
Teresa Sullivan University of Virginia President University of Virginia $754,830
Angel Cabrera George Mason University President George Mason University $683,717
J.H. Binford Peay Virginia Military Institute Superintendent VMI $678,327
Kenneth C. Howell Virginia Retirement System Managing Director-Global Investments $650,006
Charles Phlegar Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Administrative - Lecturer $647,700
John Broderick Old Dominion University President Old Dominion Univ $636,194
John T. Grier Virginia Retirement System Managing Director - Internal Asset Management $614,164
Jayakrishna Ambati University of Virginia Professor $590,400
Irving Kron University of Virginia Professor $561,099
W. Taylor Reveley College of William & Mary President Col of Wm and Mary $550,000
Robert Anae University of Virginia Assoc Head Coach/Coord-FBASCHC $550,000
Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace University of Virginia Medical Center CEO-MC $550,000
Scott Beardsley University of Virginia Administrative - Professor $540,800
Glenn Dubois Virginia Community College System Chancellor Dept Comm Colleges $539,651
Daniel Whitlock Virginia Retirement System Director-Global Equity $526,972
Bryan R. Gardiner Virginia Retirement System Director Internal Fixed Income Managemen $510,162
Michael Friedlander Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Administrative - Professor $510,000
Patrick Hogan University of Virginia Chief Operating Officer-GA155 $501,600
Ian Baucom University of Virginia Administrative - Professor $500,000
Bronco Mendenhall University of Virginia Head Coach, Football-FBHC167 $500,000
Harald Sontheimer Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Professor $498,015

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.


Agencies

NameTop payMedian
Attorney General & Dept of Law $150,000 $65,900
Auditor of Public Accounts $178,950 $63,000
Board of Accountancy $128,430 $61,018
Christopher Newport University $839,449 $51,805
College of William & Mary $550,000 $58,000
Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program $117,923 $58,140
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council $104,622 $61,899
Compensation Board $106,299 $48,112
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services $206,064 $48,676
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired $114,945 $41,400
Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing $95,706 $65,864
Department of Accounts $167,541 $65,902
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services $165,552 $48,282
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control $180,000 $40,079
Department of Aviation $134,286 $72,062
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services $254,919 $32,917
Department of Conservation & Recreation $147,162 $48,250
Department of Corrections $268,173 $36,400
Department of Criminal Justice Services $121,380 $60,879
Department of Education $206,467 $61,917
Department of Elections $122,000 $80,070
Department of Emergency Management $135,070 $60,343
Department of Environmental Quality $184,649 $61,715
Department of Fire Programs $92,162 $56,945
Department of Forensic Science $162,685 $70,714
Department of Forestry $140,760 $45,345
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries $140,208 $52,049
Department of General Services $162,344 $50,720
Department of Health $204,836 $47,781
Department of Health Professions $227,434 $60,842
Department of Historic Resources $107,748 $57,000
Department of Housing and Community Development $133,297 $61,200
Department of Human Resource Management $145,628 $67,675
Department of Juvenile Justice $170,513 $44,450
Department of Labor and Industry $135,579 $50,000
Department of Medical Assistance Services $198,000 $67,856
Department of Military Affairs $135,548 $40,800
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy $142,500 $66,518
Department of Motor Vehicles $160,165 $39,791
Department of Planning and Budget $167,669 $87,776
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation $147,339 $53,924
Department of Rail and Public Transportation $163,935 $81,094
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity $135,404 $65,000
Department of Social Services $164,702 $51,084
Department of State Police $179,325 $52,445
Department of Taxation $159,855 $47,685
Department of the Treasury $167,408 $56,776
Department of Transportation $202,419 $50,257
Department of Veterans Services $159,908 $35,349
Division of Capitol Police $120,000 $45,530
Division of Legislative Automated Systems $122,020 $84,552
Division of Legislative Services $148,588 $77,581
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia $72,293 $31,576
George Mason University $683,717 $65,370
Gunston Hall Plantation $104,924 $65,659
Indigent Defense Commission $161,012 $50,130
James Madison University $478,888 $54,534
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation $268,408 $39,712
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission $156,748 $80,543
Longwood University $386,731 $53,507
Marine Resources Commission $118,223 $44,291
Motor Vehicle Dealer Board $111,000 $46,610
New College Institute $126,844 $63,772
Norfolk State University $341,900 $50,126
Office of Children's Services $113,528 $76,990
Office of the Governor $175,000 $60,000
Office of the Lieutenant Governor $86,700 $40,000
Office of the State Inspector General $133,416 $72,800
Old Dominion University $636,194 $55,620
Radford University $471,960 $52,773
Richard Bland College (of William and Mary) $385,995 $49,000
Secretary of Administration $159,762 $80,120
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry $159,817 $80,000
Secretary of Commerce and Trade $166,915 $57,500
Secretary of Education $159,960 $150,269
Secretary of Finance $170,854 $119,340
Secretary of Health and Human Resources $159,291 $123,180
Secretary of Natural Resources $158,966 $119,340
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security $168,838 $119,340
Secretary of Technology $158,966 $158,966
Secretary of the Commonwealth $158,966 $46,875
Secretary of Transportation $166,915 $130,000
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs $163,642 $119,340
Senate of Virginia $195,500 $51,000
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center $153,390 $49,250
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center $130,000 $42,878
State Board of Bar Examiners $162,365 $71,684
State Corporation Commission $190,818 $65,212
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia $193,669 $66,138
State Lottery Department $166,946 $63,508
The Library of Virginia $149,112 $51,000
The Science Museum of Virginia $207,412 $45,448
Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission $130,050 $61,422
University of Mary Washington $370,500 $53,813
University of Virginia $754,830 $63,392
University of Virginia Medical Center $550,000 $53,955
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities $98,536 $64,008
Virginia College Savings Plan $228,021 $69,655
Virginia Commission for the Arts $88,009 $52,837
Virginia Commonwealth University $875,284 $56,477
Virginia Community College System $539,651 $56,610
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority $347,200 $76,500
Virginia Employment Commission $156,970 $43,085
Virginia Foundation Healthy Youth $136,296 $77,019
Virginia House of Delegates $194,341 $42,752
Virginia Information Technologies Agency $175,000 $100,980
Virginia Israel Advisory Board $96,685 $96,685
Virginia Military Institute $678,327 $44,110
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts $357,000 $43,415
Virginia Museum of Natural History $115,029 $37,303
Virginia Parole Board $127,485 $57,878
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $770,850 $53,882
Virginia Port Authority $450,000 $71,091
Virginia Racing Commission $110,000 $64,268
Virginia Retirement System $957,715 $74,293
Virginia State Bar $171,204 $63,164
Virginia State University $406,500 $58,013
Virginia Tourism Authority $168,826 $51,328
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission $169,655 $51,411