Does the state employ a 95-year-old security guard?

I rummaged through the Charlotte Observer’s online Data Center last night and downloaded the latest N.C. government salary database (current as of March 6, 2012).  Here are a few of my discoveries:

  • The database includes over 93,700 full- and part-time employees.  It does not include include public school employees, General Assembly employees, University System employees or UNC Hospitals employees.
  • According to the database, the state of North Carolina employs two individuals in their 90s: a physician (90-years-old) and a security guard (95-years-old).  In addition, the state employs 68 workers in their 80s and 774 individuals who are between 70- and 79-years-old.
  • Six 16-year-olds share the title of youngest state employee.  Four of the six are hourly workers for the Division of Cultural Resources.
  • The highest paid state employee is the State Investment Officer, who receives a salary of $320,000 a year.  The largest change in pay went to one of his colleagues in the Treasurer’s Office, an investment director who (courtesy of a grade-band transfer) received a $102,000 salary increase.
  • One state employee had an original hire date of April 15, 1953.  Six others were also hired in the 1950s.
  • Over 18,000 are classified as a “new hire.”
  • The state employs almost 1,500 people named “John” or some variation of the name, over 1,250 people with the last name “Smith,” and approximately 20 John Smiths.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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