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2018-19 salaries of Virginia state employees

Published Sunday, Mar. 10th, 2019

This is preliminary data as of March 13. The data will be finalized next month.


The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained state employees' names, job titles and salaries using the state's Freedom of Information statute. The FOI request for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019 is part of The Times-Dispatch’s ongoing effort to report to you findings about government spending and use of taxpayer money. State officials say the file represents a preliminary snapshot of data as of Nov. 1, 2018. As required by law, the state provided information for more than 106,000 employees. The Times-Dispatch is excluding from the database the names of more than 53,000 employees whose salaries fall below the statewide median of $52,401.


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Top earners

Name Agency Total pay Job Total pay
Ronald D. Schmitz Virginia Retirement System $852,941 Chief Investment Officer $852,941
James E. Ryan University of Virginia $750,000 President University of Virginia $750,000
John Reinhart Virginia Port Authority $695,426 CEO/Executive Director $695,426
Charles Phlegar Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $676,700 Vice President for Advancement $676,700
Martha A. Zeiger University of Virginia $629,200 Chair of the Department of Surgery $629,200
Cynda Ann Johnson Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $615,000 Dean of the Carilion School of Medicine $615,000
John Grier Virginia Retirement System $607,893 Managing Director - Internal Asset Management $607,893
Kenneth Howell Virginia Retirement System $606,939 Managing Director - Global Investments $606,939
Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace University of Virginia Medical Center $600,329 Chief Executive Officer (Medical Center) $600,329
Michael Rao Virginia Commonwealth University $597,478 President VCU $597,478
Jayakrishna Ambati University of Virginia $590,399 Professor of Ophthalmology and Vice Chair for Research at the Center for Advanced Vision Science $590,399
Scott C. Beardsley University of Virginia $582,099 Dean of the Darden School of Business $582,099
Timothy Sands Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $575,000 President VPI and SU $575,000
Carla Williams University of Virginia $566,500 Athletic Director $566,500
Ian Baucom University of Virginia $564,999 Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences $564,999
Angel Cabrera George Mason University $563,926 President George Mason Univ $563,926
Bobby Wilder Old Dominion University $554,681 Football Coach $554,681
Robert Anae University of Virginia $550,000 Associate head coach/Offensive Coordinator $550,000
John Alouf Virginia Retirement System $542,004 Director of Private Equity $542,004
Patrick D. Hogan University of Virginia $537,400 Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer $537,400
Bryan Gardiner Virginia Retirement System $530,665 Director Internal Fixed Income Management $530,665
Michael J. Friedlander Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $530,604 Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology $530,604
Robert T. Sumichrast Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $529,975 Dean of the Pamplin College of Business $529,975
Tony Bennett University of Virginia $525,000 University of Virginia basketball coach $525,000
Harald Sontheimer Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $518,135 Executive Director, School of Neuroscience $518,135

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 $152,337 $70,745
Auditor of Public Accounts $184,318 $61,072
Board of Accountancy $145,000 $66,796
Christopher Newport University $429,241 $54,616
College of William & Mary $500,000 $60,000
Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program $121,461 $60,000
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council $107,761 $68,219
Compensation Board $109,488 $49,555
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services $212,246 $51,706
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired $118,393 $41,703
Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing $98,577 $49,852
Department of Accounts $172,567 $67,961
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services $165,000 $49,512
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control $185,400 $39,038
Department of Aviation $150,000 $73,194
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services $280,250 $37,388
Department of Conservation & Recreation $151,577 $50,000
Department of Corrections $325,000 $37,159
Department of Criminal Justice Services $125,021 $62,746
Department of Education $235,000 $62,134
Department of Elections $131,943 $80,000
Department of Emergency Management $148,860 $65,342
Department of Environmental Quality $190,188 $63,696
Department of Fire Programs $98,577 $60,000
Department of Forensic Science $167,566 $72,501
Department of Forestry $144,983 $46,055
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries $144,414 $54,712
Department of General Services $167,214 $53,324
Department of Health $225,000 $49,842
Department of Health Professions $234,257 $62,676
Department of Historic Resources $110,980 $56,732
Department of Housing and Community Development $137,296 $62,700
Department of Human Resource Management $158,738 $73,519
Department of Juvenile Justice $175,628 $46,070
Department of Labor and Industry $139,647 $50,881
Department of Medical Assistance Services $203,940 $70,000
Department of Military Affairs $139,614 $43,227
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy $146,775 $68,423
Department of Motor Vehicles $164,970 $40,218
Department of Planning and Budget $172,699 $79,141
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation $151,759 $54,905
Department of Rail and Public Transportation $168,853 $83,381
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity $139,466 $66,950
Department of Social Services $209,000 $52,566
Department of State Police $184,705 $60,028
Department of Taxation $164,651 $50,000
Department of the Treasury $172,430 $65,000
Department of Transportation $212,661 $52,239
Department of Veterans Services $147,084 $38,956
Division of Capitol Police $156,000 $48,979
Division of Legislative Automated Systems $164,800 $96,247
Division of Legislative Services $142,755 $73,950
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia $105,000 $28,325
George Mason University $563,926 $67,954
Gunston Hall Plantation $117,000 $67,114
Indigent Defense Commission $165,842 $51,634
James Madison University $454,578 $56,650
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation $276,461 $40,582
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission $161,451 $94,643
Longwood University $390,000 $55,000
Marine Resources Commission $142,000 $44,368
Motor Vehicle Dealer Board $114,330 $48,008
New College Institute $126,844 $65,685
Norfolk State University $321,000 $53,683
Office of Children's Services $116,934 $76,027
Office of the Governor $175,000 $63,026
Office of the Lieutenant Governor $84,000 $60,000
Office of the State Inspector General $157,430 $77,548
Old Dominion University $554,681 $58,518
Radford University $353,188 $55,167
Richard Bland College (of William and Mary) $284,275 $53,000
Secretary of Administration $172,000 $85,524
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry $172,000 $80,000
Secretary of Commerce and Trade $172,000 $123,000
Secretary of Education $172,000 $135,000
Secretary of Finance $175,980 $130,000
Secretary of Health and Human Resources $172,000 $123,000
Secretary of Natural Resources $172,000 $123,000
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security $173,903 $123,000
Secretary of the Commonwealth $172,000 $45,000
Secretary of Transportation $173,349 $172,000
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs $172,000 $123,000
Senate of Virginia $201,365 $57,783
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center $173,031 $52,500
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center $133,900 $47,257
State Board of Bar Examiners $168,222 $72,246
State Corporation Commission $196,543 $68,924
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia $199,479 $67,792
State Lottery Department $171,954 $68,029
The Library of Virginia $153,585 $51,193
The Science Museum of Virginia $213,636 $48,000
Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission $146,000 $63,265
University of Mary Washington $400,000 $55,470
University of Virginia $750,000 $67,038
University of Virginia Medical Center $600,329 $54,849
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities $101,492 $64,603
Virginia College Savings Plan $233,362 $73,377
Virginia Commission for the Arts $98,577 $54,422
Virginia Commonwealth University $597,478 $58,710
Virginia Community College System $415,802 $57,948
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority $424,330 $78,795
Virginia Employment Commission $161,679 $44,000
Virginia House of Delegates $200,172 $52,585
Virginia Information Technologies Agency $189,263 $103,000
Virginia Israel Advisory Board $98,000 $98,000
Virginia Military Institute $500,000 $47,137
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts $380,000 $43,260
Virginia Museum of Natural History $118,480 $38,688
Virginia Parole Board $131,310 $59,614
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $676,700 $57,418
Virginia Port Authority $695,426 $74,870
Virginia Racing Commission $113,300 $66,196
Virginia Retirement System $852,941 $76,041
Virginia State Bar $176,340 $61,800
Virginia State University $355,050 $61,800
Virginia Tourism Authority $183,889 $52,868
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission $174,745 $53,385