As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable. We offer this database as a service to taxpayers – if you support our efforts, please consider making a donation.
After publishing the Michigan Government Salaries Database, it became apparent that the salary information the state provided on Department of Corrections employees likely contained errors. The Mackinac Center has contacted the state about the apparent problem and has chosen to remove DOC salaries until the state is able to provide clarity or correct salary data.
The information in this database is gathered through public records requests to the state’s Department of Management and Budget. It includes data about school employees and many (but not all) state workers. We asked for pensionable salaries for the past three full fiscal years – the information is posted as we received it. If you have any questions, contact the responsible government authorities.
The amounts in the database are only for salary, not the cost of other benefits. The information is only for employees in the state’s pension systems. Many state employees hired after 1997 will not be listed.