PERKS PERSPECTIVE: Those six-figure salary-and-perks packages for top county officials that provoked such an uproar should not be confused with typical government salaries. Of the 4,200 employees represented by the Service Employees International Union, the average pay is $28,000 a year, local leader Barry Hammitt said. . . . "The hoopla about perks just brings out bad feelings about public employees," he said. "They don't make that much." Lowest-paying county job: maintenance trainee, $16,800.
What They Earn
Maximum yearly salary for various government jobs in Ventura County: Simi Valley Cop: $45,331 Thous. Oaks Inspector: $42,864 County Probation Officer: $35,364 Ventura Street Worker: $31,008 County Court Clerk: $28,387 County Cafeteria Worker: $17,949 Source: City and county personnel departments