OpentheBooks.com auditors report in Forbes that in 2019 78,064 Texas state and local government employees made more than $100,000 each, with 18,600 out-earning Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who made $153,750. Speech writers for university presidents make up to $140,000; library directors earn $202,875; community college presidents make up to $505,000; and city managers raking in an eye-popping $1.85 million over the last three-years.
In 2018, Sheryl Sculley, the then-city manager in San Antonio, ranked number one at a mind-boggling $574,594. Her base salary was $467,789 plus a $106,805 bonus. Six deputy and assistant city managers also made between $231,544 and $270,125. The library director made $202,875 — outearning all federal bureaucrats employed at the National Archive and Smithsonian Institution who average $201,400.
El Paso city manager, Tomas Gonzalez, earned $340,746, more than every four-star general in the U.S. military, who averaged $268,332 last year.
Of course, that’s nothing compared to the football coaches, like Jimbo Fisher who gets $5.15 million each year from Texas A&M or Tom Herman who makes $4.7 million thanks to the University of Texas. Shall we punt the ball away?