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According to data from the Texas Tribune, more than 137,000 employees work for the Texas state government and earn a median salary of $45,590. The highest paid state employee earns over $600,000.

The highest-paid government workers are mostly people working for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the state’s largest retirement system serving more than 1.8 million people. The best politicians in the state do not earn close to what the highest paid employee receives. For example, Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton both earn $153,750 a year.

Here are the 15 highest paid employees in the state of Texas as of April 2022.


1. Michelle LeBeau
Scientific Director, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Salary: $608,850

2. Jase Auby
Chief Investment Officer, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $550,000

3. Eric Lang
Senior Managing Director, Teachers Pension System
Salary: $414,999

4. Kimberly Carey
Director of Investments, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $408,000

5. Guthrie Brain
Executive Director, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $399,999

6. David Calf
Director of Investments, Employee Retirement Plan
Salary: $395,000

7. Mikhaël Rawls
Investment Manager, Employee Retirement Plan
Salary: $387,991

8. Barney Timmins
Director of Investments, Texas Education Agency
Salary: $384,375

9. West Valley
Senior Managing Director, Teachers Pension System
Salary: $380,000

10. James Nield
Senior Managing Director, Teachers Pension System
Salary: $369,999

11. Kathleen Hoffman
Senior Managing Director, Teachers Pension System
Salary: $369,999

12. Emerson Halstead
Investment Manager, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $356,825

13. Grant Walker
Senior Director, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $354,999

14. John Gilbert
Senior Director, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $354,999

15. Neil Randall
Director General, Teachers’ Pension Plan
Salary: $354,999

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