Staff Compensation (HB12)

A state law passed in 2013 (House Bill 12, 83rd Regular Legislative Session) requires state agencies to post certain information regarding staff compensation online. The following data is current as of Fiscal Year 2020 for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA):

Number of Employees

CPA has a staffing level of 2,950.3 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Article IX, Section 6.10, of the 2020-21 General Appropriations Act (GAA) exempts the CPA from all FTE restrictions.

Average Compensation

The average compensation rate for non-executive CPA employees is $69,116.

Agency Appropriations

CPA appropriations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021:

  • 2020: $335,437,202
  • 2021: $319,037,202

Legislative Appropriations Increases

The percentage change in legislative appropriations to the agency each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years:

  • 2019 - 0.4%
  • 2018 - 2.3%
  • 2017 - (4.4%)
  • 2016 - 18.4%
  • 2015 - 4.4%

Methodology and Market Analysis

Methodology - CPA complies with the State's Position Classification Plan as defined in the General Appropriations Act. The Position Classification Plan outlines the compensation structure for state agencies and is maintained by the State Classification Office in the State Auditor's Office (SAO). Classification titles and associated salary groups are established in the General Appropriations Act, Article IX. A list of the state classification titles and state job descriptions can be found on the State Auditor's Office website. Each position in the department is designated a classification title based on the duties and responsibilities of the position.

The following table provides compensation for the Comptroller and executive staff that report directly to the Comptroller.

Compensation of Executive Staff
CPA Compensation
(as of 10-01-2019)1
Increase Since 01-01-20152
Comptroller $153,750 2.5% N/A
Deputy Comptroller/Chief of Staff $258,500 15.8% N/A
Deputy Director I (Associate Deputy Comptroller - Tax) $236,553 18.3% $190,039
Deputy Director I (Associate Deputy Comptroller - Fiscal) $217,572 16.7% $190,039
Deputy Director I (Associate Deputy Comptroller - Operations) $209,397 23.2% $190,039
Director IV (Legislative Director) $143,750 15% $136,639
Director IV (Internal Auditor) $122,711 11.6% $136,639
Chief Cybersecurity Officer $151,558 17.7% $172,047

End Notes

  • 1The Comptroller's compensation is established through the legislative process and can be found on p. I-18 of the GAA.
  • 2Percent increase is calculated based on salaries as of September 1, 2019, as compared to salaries as of January 1, 2015. The increase includes an across-the-board salary increase of 2.5 percent on September 1, 2015.
  • 3SAO - "A Biennial Report on the State's Position Classification Plan for the 2020-21 Biennium."