The number of government employees in the Inland Empire making more than $100,000 per year fell by 286 in 2010 compared to the year before, it was reported today.
The stats were reported by the state Controller's Office, which starting tracking the pay of public employees after the city manager in the tiny Los Angeles County city of Bell was found to be allegedly raking in more than $1 million in wages and other compensation.
Reduced overtime pay for public employees and fewer early retirement deals were believed to be partially responsible for the overall drop in the number of $100,000-plus earners, The Press-Enterprise reported.
"In part, a consequence of early retirements, which were implemented to reduce costs countywide and address budget issues, some of the long-tenured, higher-paid employees left," Riverside County spokesman Ray Smith told the newspaper.
Forty-one fewer Riverside County employees were making $100,000 or more by the start of the year, though figures for the overall total of those making more than $100,000 per year in Riverside-Bernardino in 2010 were not easily available, nor were figures for 2009.
In 2010, there were 77 fewer people earned $100,000 or more in Riverside County, and 60 fewer employees grossed $100,000 or more in San Bernardino County, according to Controller's records.
The Controller's Office calculated salaries based on "total wages subject to Medicare taxes" as reported on employees' W-2 forms. The totals include overtime, vacation and cash payments for vacation, sick time and bonus leave.
Some wage earners have complained that their earnings have fallen due to the sour economy of the past few years, while few public employees have been laid off or missed scheduled raises.
An interactive map show who earns what was posted on the P-E's website.