Cameron elected official salaries compared with state counterparts


BROWNSVILLE, Texas – We’ve been looking at the salary of every county official in the state of Texas for 2018 after a controversial proposal is raising concerns over the salary compensation.

You may recall, over $400,000 in salary increases for top county officials.

So how does Cameron compare to its counterparts in the RGV and elsewhere?

County Judge Commissioners Population
1 Hidalgo $114,660 $98,280 – 100,425 860,661
2 Starr $74,918 $74,918 – 74,198 64,454
3 Cameron $70,743 $48,117 – 47,113 423,725
4 Willacy $44,745 $32,300 – 32,300 21,584

According to information posted by the Texas Association of Counties, Cameron is near the bottom of the list in the Rio Grande Valley when it comes to compensating for both the county judge and its county commissioners.

If the proposed raise is goes into effect, the $48,657 increase would skyrocket the Cameron county Judge over Hidalgo County with a salary of $119,400. Commissioners would rise to the second spot in the list with the proposed $32,684 increase for salary of $75,000.

Across the state Cameron is categorized with similar counties with populations over 100 thousand.

Right now, Cameron is the bottom of the list for both judge and commissioner salaries with both ranking 37 out of 39 counties respectively.

At $119,400, Cameron County’s Judge would be above the above the state average of $116,177 and would be closer to larger communities such as Travis, McLennan, Bell, and Parker Counties.

At $75,000 Cameron County Commissioners would remain below the state average of $91,256 and would be on par with Taylor, Web, Greyson and Bell Counties.

For the purposes of this report we are focusing on the most noticeable increases as posted on the August 10th public notice.

If you’d like to check out these figures for yourself.

Find the public notice as first published in the Brownsville Herald here:

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