Employee Compensation

The City Council and staff firmly believe that our citizens have a right to full transparency with respect to public information, including the wages and benefits received by City employees and elected officials. To that end, salary range and benefit information has been available on the City's website for a number of years. In late 2010, the City added a section conveniently located on the home page of our website, which provides links to these documents from a single location, as well as to the California State Controller's Office website, which displays compensation information for all cities and agencies in the state, including Rancho Palos Verdes.


In 2013, the Council Compensation Subcommittee, made up of then Mayor Susan Brooks and Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Duhovic, on behalf of the City Council, requested the City's independent financial auditor, Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP, conduct additional Agreed Upon Procedures related to the City Manager's salary and benefits for calendar year 2012. The purpose of the additional procedures established between the Compensation Subcommittee and the auditor was to determine the City's compliance with its policies and procedures for employee compensation and benefits, beginning with the City Manager. The results, which were reported to the City Council on October 1, 2013, verified that the City was in compliance and there were no exceptions noted.

In light of these results, and to provide greater transparency for the public regarding the compensation and benefits received by City employees, the City Council directed the independent auditor to test the City Manager's salary and benefits for calendar year 2013, as well as to test a sample of 20 employees (all senior managers and approximately 10% of non-management employees). Furthermore, the City Council directed City Staff to prepare an Employee Compensation and Benefits Analysis for all full-time and part-time employees for calendar year 2013. Since then, the City continues to perform this audit annually.

Recent Developments

On April 18, 2017, the independent auditor reported to the Council Subcommittee that the work was completed and the results were clean, with "no exceptions noted." In addition, the Subcommittee was provided with the results of the 2016 Employee Compensation and Benefits Analysis prepared by the Finance and Information Technology Department Staff. The schedule includes every full-time and part-time employee, by job title, who worked for the City in 2016, and lists all actual wages, including salary, overtime pay, and bonuses. It also includes City contributions to benefits, such as health insurance and pension costs, for each employee. In addition, the analysis includes an accounting of all leave time, including vacation, sick, and holiday leave earned during 2016.

Council provided similar direction to Staff and to Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP for salaries in 2016. These documents are provided below.

Give Us Your Feedback

In the interest of full transparency, we hope this webpage and the links provided make it easier for the public to find accurate and complete information on City employee compensation and benefits. As always, please let us know if you have suggestions for improvement. Staff can be reached at 310-544-5327 or by email.

Julie DeZiel
Human Resources Manager

Employee Compensation Reports

2017 Employee Compensation

2013 Employee Compensation

Reported to the California State Controller

The State Controller's Office has developed a website to search and view employee compensation for all cities that have submitted information from 2009 to present. Visit the Government Compensation in California website to find information for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rancho Palos Verdes Documents

  • Salary Ranges Schedule - Effective July 9, 2017 to Include New Positions (PDF) - On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the City Council approved revisions of the Salary Schedule for Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 to increase full-time salary ranges by 2.5%.
  • Pension Revision (PDF) – On September 20, 2011, the City Council adopted the recommendations of the City Council Pension Revision Subcommittee, to adopt revisions to the City's pension plan.
  • City Manager's Employment Contract (PDF) – This document contains the terms and conditions of the City Manager's 2011 employment contract.
  • W-2 Box 5 Wages Subject to Medicare (PDF) – This document walks-through the calculation of Box 5 wages on the Employee's W-2 statement.
  • 2010 Employee Salary Survey (PDF) – This staff report with its associated attachments was presented to City Council on May 18, 2010. It presented the results of a market survey of employee salary ranges and was the basis for adjustments made to the City's salary ranges effective July 1, 2010.
  • Rancho Palos Verdes Staffing Level and Costs (PDF) – This document is an excerpt from a presentation made at the Budget Workshop held on March 29, 2011 which provides a per capita comparison of Rancho Palos Verdes to other South Bay Cities in terms of:
    • Population Served Per Employee
    • Budgeted Cost of Staff Salaries and Benefits
  • Full-Time Employee Benefits Summary – This document summarizes the benefits that full-time employees are eligible to receive from the City.
  • Employee Personnel Rules – View the most current versions of the City's competitive service employee personnel rules and management employee personnel rules.

Additional Information

  • CalPERS Responds – Visit the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) website for "myths vs. facts" discussion relative to CalPERS and public employee pensions.