According to a recent study by an independent consulting firm, Madera County staff are underpaid, while elected county officials are amply compensated.
The Sacramento-based firm, Tameka Usher of CPS HR Consulting, was hired by the county Board of Supervisors - at a cost of about $50,000 - to study total compensation since 2003. The study found that elected officials had a base pay of 8.08% over market, and when benefits were included, that percentage dropped to 6.62% over market.
Other categories fell under market, such as probation administration at -22.64%, and peace officer management at -8.51%. When just looking at base salaries (excluding elected officials), without benefits, Madera County fell at 3-23% below market.
Only a sampling (140) of the county’s 1,100 employees were used in the study. The selected salaries were compared to others in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties, to name a few. The firm attempted to match the duties of Madera County staff with those with similar duties in other counties to come up with accurate findings.