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Commonly Asked Questions

I saw [public employer] on this site before, but I'm not seeing it now. Why is this?

We're in the process of redesigning our salaries explorer. A new version we are planning to publish in 2020 will include fewer local governments and school systems. As part of this transition, we're removing some entities from the database and we are no longer updating the entities that we do publish.

The data we previously published is public, and Texas’ open records law allows anyone to request it. Here is the Texas Public Information Act request we send to the state agencies to help others with their own requests.

We're sorry that the data you’re looking for is affected by this change, and we encourage you to keep reading the rest of our Texas government and policy coverage at texastribune.org. We’re excited to replace this explorer with a redesigned database in 2020, which we hope will be much more useful for state workers.

Why is [public employer] not listed on the site?

The salaries database is not comprehensive — there are thousands of public employers in the state, and we haven't requested data from all of them.

How often is the database updated?

Every page in this explorer lists the date an entity’s data was last updated, but we are no longer updating this version of the database. Instead, we are focused on creating a new version of the explorer, which will be smaller but more robust and useful. The new database will be published in 2020 and will be updated periodically.

Can I receive a copy of the database?

The raw data for every public agency in our database is available for download by clicking "download the data" on an agency's page under its name. There is no bulk download of all the data available at this time.

Here is the Texas Public Information Act request that we send to public employers to help others with their own requests.

Where can I find historic salary data?

We do not share previously published data for the state agencies in our salaries explorer. Each entity has copies of historic salary data, and you can ask for that information by making a Texas Public Information Act request.

My name listed on this website. Why?

Your information is present in our database because it was provided to us by your employer. Because you are an employee of a public agency, the information we requested from your employer is available to the public. Anyone can obtain this information, and it was lawfully acquired and published by The Texas Tribune.

We do understand that this may be uncomfortable for you, but we believe an open and transparent government is a better government. To learn more about why we do this, please read this article by Tribune CEO Evan Smith.

As a matter of policy, we don't touch or modify the data in any way. If there is a reason you believe that your information should not be part of the public record, please contact your employer.

I no longer work at [state agency]. Why is my information still listed on the website?

Every page in the salaries explorer lists when the data was last updated. We are not updating data for any of the entities in the database. Instead, we are focusing on creating a new version of the explorer, which will be smaller but more robust and useful. The new database will be published and the old data will be removed in 2020.

Why is my salary information outdated?

Salary information on our site is a snapshot of that moment in time. If any information changes after we receive data, it will not be reflected on the site.

Information is inaccurate on the website. Can I get it fixed?

All data found in our salaries database is presented exactly as we receive it from the public employers — we don't modify it. Sometimes discrepancies exist because an agency made staffing changes since our last request. If you believe the problem is due to another reason, you should tell the employer the information it has on file is incorrect.

My question was not answered here — is there a way to contact someone?

If you have a question or concern that was not addressed above, please contact us at salaries-feedback@texastribune.org.

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The Texas Tribune obtained this information under the Texas Public Information Act. This database presents information as the entities provide it, with the exception of aggregations and visualizations created by the Tribune. Have questions or concerns? Please take a look at commonly asked questions about the Government Salaries Explorer.

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