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We’ll find the figures and show the patterns that explain life here in Tampa Bay-from amusement parks to zoo animals, with government salaries and big water users in between.
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Dennis Joyce

Joyce joined The Tampa Tribune as senior editor for metro in 2005 and later helped launch’s continuous news desk. He has worked as an editor and reporter in Arizona, Kentucky, Virginia, Idaho and Stuart, Fla. Email

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Scullin has worked for The Tampa Tribune since 2005, directing news coverage in Pasco County and serving as the paper’s Sunday editor. He has worked as an editor and reporter in Lakeland, Sarasota, North Carolina and California. Email

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List of government agencies paying the big salaries

Posted Dec 28, 2009 by Dennis Joyce

Updated Jan 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Top government salaries

There is wide variation among government agencies when it comes to six-figure salaries, according to an analysis of the government salaries database we maintain here at TBO.

Helping drive the pay rate is the education and expertise demanded of each job, according to John Daly, an authority in public administration at the University of South Florida. You can read Daly’s comments by clicking on on our story today about the analysis.

To do your own analysis, you can search the database, titled “Who’s On Your Payroll?” It includes more than 400,000 government salaries from two dozen state and local agencies.