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The Texas Tribune's Government Salaries Explorer contains the payroll information of employees at several public entities in Texas. The records are collected by Tribune staff under the Texas Public Information Act and updated and expanded periodically. Tribune journalists publish this data because they believe that disclosing how tax dollars are spent is in the public interest.

This database presents information as the entities provide it, with the exception of aggregations and visualizations created by the Tribune. Please contact us via this form if you believe there are inaccuracies in the records.

The Tribune requests the name, gross annual salary, title, gender, race and hire date of all employees from each entity. The records only include a snapshot of each worker's annual base salary — not overtime, incentive pay or other compensation.

The Tribune's standard request for salary data is as follows:

Under the Texas Public Information Act, I'd like to request an electronic listing of all current [AGENCY NAME] employees. 

Specifically, I'm seeking a spreadsheet, database or delimited text file(s) — not paper records or a PDF created from data — with the following fields for each employee: Name, title, [DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY OR SCHOOL], race, gender, hire date and annual salary. (If you can't produce all these fields, please let us know). 

In addition, please include any lookup tables that may be needed to interpret the data. For example, if departments are listed with codes linked to a separate table, we'll be happy to join the records ourselves, rather than require your staff to do so. 

I want to stress that I'm not seeking any records that are prohibited from release either by statute or previous rulings by the Texas Attorney General or the courts. Please let me know if you feel any records in the fields I've requested are confidential, and I'll consider amending my request. 

Also, please let me know if clarifying the request might speed the release of the data, reduce any programming time and, most important, avoid a referral to the Attorney General. 

We're comfortable working with large data sets and can receive the records in a variety of formats (.dbf, .csv, .mdb, etc) and media (CD, DVD, ftp). 

I seek this information in the public interest as a journalist, and not for a commercial purpose. Therefore, I'm requesting that you waive any fees, as allowed under the Act. 


The Texas Tribune obtained this information under the Texas Public Information Act.