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From "LOOKS BETTER THAN IT FEELS"
For the second year in a row, raises are up and pay cuts are down. But salaries and benefits are nowhere near 2008 levels — and may never be.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: How does your salary compare?
This region-by-region analysis compares median salaries of survey respondents by population served.
This year, we drilled down even further to provide the median salary ranges (by population) for titles within their respective departments/areas of work. Word of warning: This method provided us with limited salary ranges from which to compute medians, which is why we also provided a more broad-based option for titles only.
Note: Not all titles, departments, etc. are represented due to lack of survey respondents from those areas.
2010 national wage estimates for state and local government occupations
To find more median and average salaries by industry and occupation, click here for state government jobs, here for local, or visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics' online Occupational Employment Statistics Query System.
The Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College offers access to a variety of state and local government pension data. To access the Public Plans Database, click here.
News & Views
From "HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO GET YOUR BUDGET PASSED"
In Illinois, The Newport Township Road District began the year with a hard-won $846,126 operating budget. Hard-won because Highway Commissioner Dan Dziekan had to take his funding request to court.
Has your department ever taken drastic measures to get funding? If so, click here to tell us about it!
Please include your contact info in case our editors have any questions. Your name will not be used with your response when tallying this survey.
News & Views
From "MINNESOTA BRIDGE MAY LAST 500 YEARS"
View a video of construction workers completing the two steel arches of Lowry Avenue Bridge in Hennepin County, Minn.
Grounds, Parks & Maintenance
From "MONEY-MAKING WEED MANAGEMENT"
In the Nebraska Panhandle, a majority of Scotts Bluff County's weed control income comes through spraying private land.
Articles to help you achieve effective, efficient vegetation management can be found at PUBLIC WORKS' Vegetation Management Resource Center, sponsored by DuPont Land Management. Stories are updated every month.
From "CLEARING THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION"
- A waterless sweeper - and many volunteer hours - help clean up Joplin, Mo.
- Elgin Sweeper's waterless dust control technology
From "THE REAL RISKS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING"
Research that'll help you decide what activities and devices to allow, and what to prohibit.
Texting while driving tops Consumer Reports' Jan. 2012 list of driver pet peeves.
Out of the Ordinary
From "WILL DRILLING FOR DOLLARS' SAVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE"
How lifting the ban on domestic energy production could affect roads and bridges.