The Patriot-News reports that “the $100,000 Club” — the club comprised of Pennsylvania state workers whose earnings reach into six figures — grew by 16 percent in 2013.
- The number of state employees earning $100,000 or more this past year grew by nearly 16 percent over the prior year to 5,573, which is more than the populations of Hummelstown or Lemoyne, according to the 2010 census.
- State government’s $100,000 Club now has more than 10 times the number of members than it had in 1997, when it had 546 members.
- The agencies with the highest number of $100,000 Club members were the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with 2,150 and the Pennsylvania State Police with 1,145. They account for 59 percent of the $100,000 Club’s membership.
- If Gov. Tom Corbett took his full statutorily provided salary, his earnings of $182,252 for this past year, would make him the 156th highest earner in the state government. But he accepts only $178,033 and that drops his actual earnings down to the 181st spot.
The top 10 earners include a lobbyist, a couple of officials at state universities, but mostly seem to be doctors and other professionals at state mental hospitals and in the Department of Welfare. The full database of club members can be found here.