City Employee Pay

San Luis Obispo County

Tribune reporters sought to provide a comprehensive look at how much top city officials earn in San Luis Obispo County. To do so, two reporters filed Public Records Act Requests with the county’s seven cities in early August, requesting salary and benefit information about city managers and department heads.

The data provided to The Tribune included a base salary plus other forms of compensation, including health benefits, retirement contributions, and cell phone and vehicle allowances.

Atascadero's top city employees

Average salary: $124,713 | Average benefits: $47,682 | Average total compensation: $172,395

Who makes what in Atascadero

Click on an employee's name to see a breakdown of their compensation.

NameJob titleBase salaryTotal benefitsTotal compensation
Wade McKinney City Manager $157,173 $81,707 $238,880
Jim Mulhall Police Chief $132,834 $57,931 $190,765
Kurt Stone Fire Chief $132,833 $61,887 $194,720
Jim Lewis Assistant City Manager $126,956 $45,880 $172,836
Warren Frace Community Development Director $120,910 $42,590 $163,500
Rachelle Rickard Administrative Services Director $120,910 $42,856 $163,766
Brady Cherry Community services director $120,910 $35,891 $156,801
Russell Thompson Public Works Director $115,153 $30,695 $145,848
Marcia Torgerson City Clerk $94,736 $29,700 $124,436

How Atascadero's city employees compare

This graph shows the total compensation each Atascadero city employee receives. The darker blue is the amount of base salary; the lighter blue is the amount of benefits.

Base Salary
Total Benefits

According to employment data from the state Employment Development Department, the average wage of 99,740 people working in the public and private sectors during the first quarter of 2010 – not including benefits –was $43,981.

A look at compensation vs. population

This graph shows how much money, in dollars, each Atascadero employee earns per city resident. Comparing compensation per capita across similar positions shows the disparity in compensation between large and small cities in the county.

The estimated population of Atascadero as of January 1, 2010 was 28,560

A comparison of total compensation vs. the city's general fund

Here's a look at how much of the city's general fund is spent on salary and benefits for a particular employee. In local governments, the general fund budget accounts for most unrestricted spending decisions made by its elected governing body, including salaries.

Atascadero's general fund in 2010 is $16,925,940. Source: City of Atascadero