Salary only half of public employees' compensation

Salary only half of public employees' compensation

Base salary makes up only half the total cost of compensation for Oregon public employees.

Indeed, the value of overtime, paid time off, medical and post-retirement benefits, plus a host of other additions often exceeds base wages, according to a study released this week by Portland State University's Center for Public Service.

The study, commissioned by the state, examined compensation for 11 different job titles in 21 different city and county jurisdictions in Oregon and southwest Washington. It captured the cost of base pay, overtime, insurance, costs to fund post-employment pension and medical benefits, as well as paid time off and social security and Medicare taxes.


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