Six Figure Count: 171 State Employees Earned More Than $150K Last Year


    Top government jobs showed quite the payoff in Delaware last year. Recent data shows that 171 Delaware employees made $150,000 in 2016, according to a report by Delaware State News.

    The top earner was John Evans, the director of the Division of Forensic Science. He made $263,005.26 last year. Unsurprisingly, the highest paid elected official was Governor Jack Markell, topping out at $171,000.09. He was joined in the ranks by other prominent figures, including Brandywine School District Superintendent Mark Holodick and Delaware Technical Community College President Mark Brainard. Widening the lens on specific industries, the highest earners were employed in the legal, law enforcement, health, and education sectors.

    Neighbor state Maryland boasts even higher paid state employees. According to a report by Washington Business Journal, their highest earners are employed by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bartley Griffith, professor of surgery, brought home $867,000 in 2016, significantly more than Delaware’s top earning state employees.

    Citing the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware State News reports that the average state employee made $14,603 between July and September, suggesting a yearly total of $58,412. While the majority employees are not making the six-figure salary as the top outliers, they are still enjoying more benefits than those in the private sector. In April of last year, Delaware State News reported on a study by Delaware Public Policy Institute, showing that “the average state employee earns more money through a combination of salary, health care and pensions than the typical private employee.”

    Data shows that these benefits, along with proper leadership, are a significant factor in employee engagement and retention. When employers offer 11 benefits or more, an average of 66% of their employees would consider the organization a great place to work. Similarly, a company’s management determines 70% of variance in employee engagement, proving that employee satisfaction comes down to more than just salary.