Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Crazy: California Prison Psychiatrist Paid $838,706

The chief psychiatrist for California’s overcrowded prison system was paid $838,706 in 2010, more than any other state employee that year, payroll figures released today show, reports Bloomberg.

The doctor, whose name wasn’t released, had a salary range of $261,408 to $308,640, according to data released today by California Controller John Chiang. The total compensation was raised by bonuses or payout of unused vacation time, according to the controller’s office.


  1. Wow, he must have had like 200 vacation days to use...

    My father works running the loan department for some credit unions and he had a guy come in for a mortgage. When my dad reviewed his finances, he noticed the guy was getting a pension from the city of Detroit for over 60k/year. He told my dad he used to work for the water department and his job was to sit in a chair and watch some meter. If the meter went into the "red" all he had to do was turn a valve to release pressure.

    It sickens me how this happens all across the country.

  2. Because he's in a high risk area of government (LE) I bet you he gets the same 3% a year deal that cops and FF get. That means at 30yrs of service he's looking at 90% of the average of his best years for life.

    Chris, I have several LE freinds getting to retire at the ripe old ages of 49 and 51 with pensions paying between $100k and $150k. On top of that they get a tax free going away bonus of at least $500k and maybe as much as $800.

    When my friend that retired as a FF in 2007, I threw him (as a joke) a "first million" party. He took the State's buyout package instead of the pension and was paid a low 7 figure lump sum amount. Not bad for 25years of public service and on top of that he built a decent business on the side while working as a FF.

    If I had to do all over again I would definitely go the public service route vs owning a business that is most often nothing but a major PIA.