The pay of employees of the California state government is the topic of a Bloomberg News article:
The story of one prison psychiatrist shows how pay largesse has spread.
Mohammad Safi, graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, collected $822,302 last year, up from $90,682 when he started in 2006, the data show. Safi was placed on administrative leave in July and is under investigation by the Department of State Hospitals, formerly the Department of Mental Health...Last year, 16 psychiatrists on California's payroll, including Safi, made more than $400,000.
Forty-five California Highway Patrol Officers earned more than $200,000 in 2011, and more than 5,000 of the troopers made $100,000 or more that year, the article says.