Staff Compensation Reports
Government Code, §659.026, requires state agencies to make certain information regarding state compensation, including state compensation for the agency’s executive staff, available to the public by posting the information on the agency’s internet website.

  • Staff Compensation Information FY 2020

STAFF COMPENSATION REPORT

Published in Compliance with

House Bill 12, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session

Staff Compensation – House Bill (HB) 12

Government Code, Section 659.026, requires state agencies to make certain information regarding state compensation, including state compensation for the agency’s executive staff, available to the public by posting the information on the agency’s internet website.

659.026(b) requires the following seven (7) categories of information to be made available on the Internet:

(1)  The number of full-time equivalent employees employed by the agency:

FY 2019 TDA EMPLOYEES

615.8

Source: Texas State Auditor’s Office – FTE System as of August 31, 2019

(2) The amount of legislative appropriations to the agency for each fiscal year of the current state fiscal biennium:

FY 2020 Legislative Appropriations

FY 2021 Legislative Appropriations

$688,169,442.00

$705,731,471.00

Source: General Appropriations Act for the 2020-2021 Biennium

(3) The agency’s methodology, including any employment market analysis, for determining the compensation of executive staff employed by the agency, along with the name and position of the person who selected the methodology:

Compensation Methodology:

The Legislature establishes a not-to-exceed amount for the Commissioner’s salary. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) 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 Appropriation’s 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 agency is designated a classification title based on the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Person Selecting Methodology:

Deputy Commissioner

(4) Whether executive staff are eligible for a salary supplement:

A state employee employed by a state agency whose exempt position is funded by the General Appropriations Act may not receive a salary supplement from any source unless a specific grant of authority to do so is provided by the General Appropriations Act or other law.

No staff at TDA receive salary supplements.

Source: Government Code §659.020. Salary Supplementation

(5) The market average for commission of similar executive staff in the private and public sector:

TDA reviews market analysis information published in the SAO’s reports regarding executive compensation (SAO Report 18-705) and TDA reviews data available through the SAO’s Electronic Classification Analysis (E-Class) System to compare salaries of similar positions with other state agencies. TDA does not review private sector salary market averages.

(6) The average compensation paid to employees employed by the agency who are not executive staff:

$57,167.33

Source: USPS (as of December 31, 2019; average based on compensation for positions filled by FTE’s, excluding executive staff).

(7)  The percentage increase in compensation of executive staff for each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years and the percentage increase in legislative appropriations to the agency each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years:

Compensation of Executive Staff

FY 2015 Compensation of Executive Staff

FY 2016 Compensation of Executive Staff

FY 2017 Compensation of Executive Staff

FY 2018 Compensation of Executive Staff

FY 2019 Compensation of Executive Staff

Percent Increase in Compensation of Executive Staff:

Percent Increase in Compensation of Executive Staff:

Percent Increase in Compensation of Executive Staff:

Percent Increase in Compensation of Executive Staff:

Percent Increase in Compensation of Executive Staff:

5.8%

(3.3%)

(2.9%)

3.0%

0.3%

Source: USPS

                Legislative Appropriations

FY 2015 Legislative Appropriations

FY 2016

Legislative Appropriations

FY 2017

Legislative Appropriations

FY 2018

Legislative Appropriations

FY 2019 Legislative Appropriations

$558,856,590.00

$558,811,361.00

$550,607,573.00

$717,121,974.00

$764,957,197.00

Percent Increase in Legislative Appropriations:

0.18%

Percent Increase in Legislative Appropriations:

(.008%)

Percent Increase in Legislative Appropriations:

(1.478%)

Percent Increase in Legislative Appropriations:

30.2%

Percent Increase in Legislative Appropriations:

6.6%

Source: General Appropriations Act

NOTE: FY 2015 was a transition year between office holders, which resulted in overlapping of salary costs for previous and current administration executive staff. The Legislative salary increases of 2.5% for FY 2016 and 2% for FY 2015 are included in the executive staff salaries.