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2018-19 salaries of Virginia state employees

Published Thursday, Jun. 20th, 2019

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
Michael Rao Virginia Commonwealth University $1,020,828 President VCU $1,020,828
James E. Ryan University of Virginia $962,875 President University of Virginia $962,875
Ronald D. Schmitz Virginia Retirement System $852,941 Chief Investment Officer $852,941
J.H. Binford Peay Virginia Military Institute $831,267 Superintendent VMI $831,267
Timothy D. Sands Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $775,000 President VPI and SU $775,000
Paul Trible Christopher Newport University $771,287 Pres Christopher Newport Univ $771,287
Angel Cabrera George Mason University $763,226 President George Mason University $763,226
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
John Broderick Old Dominion University $638,217 President Old Dominion University $638,217
Martha A. Zeiger University of Virginia $629,200 Chair of the Department of Surgery $629,200
Brian O. Hemphill Radford University $622,460 President Radford University $622,460
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
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
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
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

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 $152,337 $70,863
Auditor of Public Accounts $184,318 $61,072
Board of Accountancy $145,000 $66,796
Christopher Newport University $771,287 $54,616
College of William & Mary $527,540 $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 $49,595
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 $37,161
Department of Criminal Justice Services $125,021 $62,746
Department of Education $235,000 $62,134
Department of Elections $131,943 $85,000
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 $70,040
Department of Military Affairs $139,614 $43,260
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy $146,775 $68,423
Department of Motor Vehicles $164,970 $40,269
Department of Planning and Budget $172,699 $79,141
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation $151,759 $54,959
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 $52,242
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 $763,226 $67,954
Gunston Hall Plantation $117,000 $67,114
Indigent Defense Commission $165,842 $51,634
James Madison University $525,590 $56,650
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation $276,461 $40,582
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission $161,451 $94,643
Longwood University $430,000 $55,000
Marine Resources Commission $142,000 $44,368
Motor Vehicle Dealer Board $114,330 $48,148
New College Institute $126,844 $72,100
Norfolk State University $396,673 $54,275
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 $78,625
Old Dominion University $638,217 $58,518
Radford University $622,460 $55,167
Richard Bland College (of William and Mary) $384,275 $53,000
Secretary of Administration $172,000 $85,524
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry $172,000 $172,000
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 $54,991
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center $133,900 $48,785
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 $471,040 $55,470
University of Virginia $962,875 $67,038
University of Virginia Medical Center $600,329 $54,849
Veterans Services Foundation $85,655 $85,655
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 $1,020,828 $58,772
Virginia Community College System $516,092 $57,948
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority $424,330 $78,795
Virginia Employment Commission $161,679 $44,000
Virginia Foundation Healthy Youth $143,111 $80,870
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 Management Fellow Program Administration $40,000 $40,000
Virginia Military Institute $831,267 $47,137
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts $380,000 $43,893
Virginia Museum of Natural History $118,480 $38,688
Virginia Parole Board $131,310 $59,614
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $775,000 $57,418
Virginia Port Authority $695,426 $74,870
Virginia Racing Commission $113,300 $113,300
Virginia Retirement System $852,941 $76,041
Virginia State Bar $176,340 $61,800
Virginia State University $400,980 $61,800
Virginia Tourism Authority $183,889 $52,868
Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission $174,745 $53,385
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