Pinellas official wants to raise county workers' pay to stay competitive

Published May 7, 2013

Pinellas County employees can look forward to a 2.8 percent raise next year if County Administrator Bob LaSala gets his way.

At the commission's Tuesday meeting, LaSala announced that a study of county salaries found that they were, on average, about 2.8 percent lower than those offered in the private sector and other governments combined.

Raising salaries would put the county "in a competitive posture in the marketplace," he told the board.

The study also looked at how Pinellas stacked up against other municipalities and found that its salaries are about 2.2 percent lower. LaSala is aiming for the larger number in hopes of attracting people from private sector jobs.