The Buckeye Institute Unveils Updated Salary Database

Jan 06, 2020

Columbus, OH – On Monday, The Buckeye Institute unveiled its updated public salary databases which includes salary information through 2018 for public employees in Ohio’s K-12 public schools, state employees, Ohio’s public universities, and for local governments in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown.

“For more than a decade, The Buckeye Institute has been committed to increasing government transparency and accountability,” said Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute and a leader in Buckeye’s transparency initiatives. “And Buckeye remains committed to making it easy for the citizens of Ohio to access public information online.”

The Buckeye Institute provides citizens with an easy to search database of public salaries for:

  • Ohio’s K-12 public schools, with salaries from 2007-2018;
  • Ohio’s state employees, with salaries from 2010-2018; 
  • Ohio’s public universities, with salaries from 2011-2018; and
  • Ohio’s most populous cities in the state’s eight most populous metropolitan areas, with salaries from 2011-2018, with the exception of Cincinnati, which did not respond to public information requests for 2018 salary information. 

With more than 17 million visits to its salary database, Buckeye has been recognized as a pioneer in increasing government transparency. Its work to make public information easily accessible was instrumental in the creation of OhioCheckBook.com and was praised by then-Treasurer Josh Mandel.   

The cities in the local salary database are a part of Ohio’s most populous metropolitan areas as determined by the United States Census taken every 10 years. In 2010, the most populous cities in Ohio’s eight most populous metropolitan areas were—Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown.

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