Utah Taxpayer Association releases 2018 highest paid city employee report

May 21, 2018, 5:41 PM | Updated: 11:07 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Twenty-nine Utah cities have at least one employee with a higher salary than Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert.
That information comes from the Utah Taxpayers Association, as they release the 2018 highest paid city employee report.

The Governor’s total annual wages and benefits for 2017 was $190,187.59

The top three highest compensated city employees for 2017:

  • Provo City’s Public Works Division Director, at $318,530.98.
  • Salt Lake City’s Chief of Police, at $272,551.12
  • West Valley City’s City Manager, at $259,277.56

Utah Taxpayer Association Vice President Billy Hesterman said, “Certainly it’s not shocking that there are government employees that make more than the governor but we thought it was interesting that at the city level there are so many, 29 at least cities that they are paying more than our top elected official in the state.”

Un-elected City Managers, City Attorneys and Police Chiefs are the employees that tend to receive the highest pay according to the report.
Most elected officials receive relatively modest compensation and did not rank in the highest paid employees, except for two cities:

  • Tooele Mayor – $197,961.33
  • Ogden Mayor – $135,113.28

“We would like the taxpayers to decide if they think that’s the right level compensation they’re receiving.  Maybe it’s too high, maybe it’s too little, but they (taxpayers) should take a look and examine it,” said Hesterman.

Utah cities with at least one employee paid more than the governor:

American Fork             Layton                         Provo                           Spanish Fork

Bountiful                      Lehi                             Riverton                       Springville

Clearfield                     Logan                          Roy                                 St. George

Clinton                         Midvale                       Salt Lake City              West Jordan

Cottonwood Heights    Murray                     Sandy                           West Valley

Draper                         North Salt Lake          Saratoga Springs

Farmington                 Ogden                          South Jordan

Kaysville                      Orem                            South Salt Lake


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Utah Taxpayer Association releases 2018 highest paid city employee report