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May. 7, 2013 10:30 am

The 10 city agencies that spent the most on employee salaries in 2012

The Bulldog Budget, City Controller candidate Brett Mandel's city budget visualization, has a new feature for you to play with: visualize city spending by category.

The Bulldog Budget, City Controller candidate Brett Mandel‘s city budget visualization, has a new feature for you to play with: visualize city spending by category.

Use the new feature here.

Built by RJMetrics staffer Ben Garvey and launched in January, the original tool only allowed users to sort the budget by department. Now you can see how much of the city’s 2012 budget was dedicated to renting and leasing computer equipment (about $9.5 million), building demolition (about $3.8 million) and city employee salaries (about $1.4 billion).

Specific city employee salary data remains unavailable. It was removed in February due to safety concerns.

Below, we list the 10 city agencies that spent the most on employee salaries in 2012, which you can compare to the city agencies with the biggest 2012 budgets.

  1. Police Department – $604,668,516.69
  2. Fire Department – $181,717,132.43
  3. Prisons – $125,476,049.24
  4. First Judicial District - $90,842,663.53
  5. Streets Department – $72,951,444.39
  6. Department of Public Health - $39,754,915.84
  7. Recreation Department – $35,318,884.20
  8. Free Library of Philadelphia - $28,503,195.15
  9. District Attorney’s Office – $28,077,886.80
  10. Office of Innovation and Technology – $18,437,526.48
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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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  • http://twitter.com/mapadelphia Sarah Cordivano

    Might want to divide by the number of employees for each of those departments. That would allow you go get the mean per department. Median per department would also be interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/bengarvey Ben Garvey

      It would be interesting to see that for every category.

    • friendlynerd

      Right? It’s basically useless without that.

      • technicallym

        Interesting, yes, but I’m not sure if this is useless without that additional step. This conveys this size of various departments.

        The average employee count would be interesting for sure, but that conveys something different.
        -Christopher Wink

  • Frank Rizzo

    You missed a biggie – the School District. With a budget of roughly $2.6 Billion, the School District dwarfs all other city entities in the wasteful spending category.

    • Brandon

      PSD is its own governmental entity, separate from the city–just like other school districts.