Q: Why has The Spokesman-Review created this database?
A: As part of an annual review of local school district administrative salaries, we decided to gather the information statewide to create an easily navigable tool for evaluating compensation information. The database allows people to see for themselves how school districts are spending money on their biggest expense – personnel.
Q: How often will you be updating this information?
Q: What about other public agencies?
A: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) only releases data for employees of public school districts (and related organizations). The Office of Financial Management (OFM) compiles a separate report for all employees of state-level agencies. The Spokesman-Review has a database of this data, here.
Q: Will searching a person’s name through Google locate their salary in this database?
A: No. We are purposefully blocking detailed table pages and individual profile pages from Google indexing. (We use the "noindex" meta tag option to tell Google that these pages should not be listed in search results.)
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about the database?
A: Please contact the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for more information regarding the underlying data. (Our state employee salaries database site is sourced differently: for questions on state employee salary data, please visit the FAQ pertinent to that section.)
Salaries for public school employees are considered “public record,” in accordance with Washington State’s Public Records act, RCW 42.56. An exception is made in the case of victims of domestic violence. Please contact the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for more information.