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.

Pismo Beach's top city employees

Average salary: $130,481 | Average benefits: $57,894 | Average total compensation: $188,374

Who makes what in Pismo Beach

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

NameJob titleBase salaryTotal benefitsTotal compensation
Kevin Rice City Manager $161,400 $62,964 $224,364
Jeff Norton Police Chief $142,656 $78,804 $221,460
Dwayne Chisam Public Works Director $139,176 $59,580 $198,756
George Edes Administrative Services Director $132,468 $49,584 $182,052
Emily Colborn City Clerk $76,704 $38,536 $115,240

How Pismo Beach's city employees compare

This graph shows the total compensation each Pismo Beach 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 Pismo Beach 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 Pismo Beach as of January 1, 2010 was 8,704

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.

Pismo Beach's general fund in 2010 is $15,762,734. Source: City of Pismo Beach