Government pay databases updated for 2018

Stacks of bills

FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2013, file photo, just cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Over the last couple of months, we have added current year pay databases for Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee and the Knox County Schools.

In addition, we converted the previous year (and in a couple of cases the last couple of of years) to our new database results template (or display). The new template is much more user-friendly and easier to use. We hope you find these databases useful.

We appreciate the assistance and professionalism of the public records contacts, or custodians, who helped make sure our data requests get fulfilled properly and in a timely manner.

One note of caution: Comparing year-to-year is not always an apples-to-apples comparison. We discovered this year that our 2017 City database was base pay only while the 2018 database included additional payments, making year-to-year increases look much larger than they actually were. We think this year’s data is more accurate and will be trying to standardize more rigorously going forward.