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How much do Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma employees make?

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on May 3, 2011 at 8:30 am | 24 Comments »
May 2, 2011 6:06 pm

Continuing our annual updates of our SoundInfo public employee pay databases, I’ve now posted 2010 numbers for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Below are some interesting facts from the respective agencies.

Port of Seattle:

• The top paid employee was port CEO Tay Yoshitani, who earned $319,300, followed by Oshu Go, senior manager of Asian business development, at $249,949 and Mark Reis, Sea-Tac airport director, at $223,551.

• The top paid employees were mostly high-salaried managers, but several Port police officers and sergeants took in over $150,000, apparently from overtime. Of the 1,600 some employees listed, 402 had six figure gross pay.

• Average pay for common positions: Police officer ($111,469), wireman ($111,469), firefighter A ($105,896) and senior access controller ($51,878).

Port of Tacoma:

• The top paid employee at the port last year didn’t work there: Tim Farrell, who left the port at the end of 2009, but received a hefty buyout package. John Wolfe, who succeeded Farrell mid-year after serving as interim, earned about the same – $218,770.

• Elected port commissioners each made $6,000 in base pay, but were paid around three times that amount (from $16,046 to $20,407), thanks to a per-diem allowed under state law.

• Pay for some of the more common job titles included journey level maintenance workers ($86,762), regular security workers ($95,645) and technician I ($55,508).

The port is in the process of a compensation overhaul as the TNT’s John Gillie reported earlier this year.

Below are tables showing the highest paid employees in either organization:


NameJob Title Hourly Rate Total Paid
Tay YoshitaniChief Executive Officer$163.74$319,300
Oshu GoSr Mgr, Asian Business Dev$77.44$249,949
Mark ReisManaging Director Aviation$116.67$223,551
Joseph McWilliamsManaging Dir, Real Estate Div$103.48$199,238
Daniel ThomasChief Financial & Admn Officer$104.00$199,112
Ralph GravesManaging Director, Capital Dev$101.51$193,058
Peter GarlockChief Information Officer$90.60$184,528
Kurt BeckettChief of Staff$94.87$182,695
R AndersonSr Mgr AV Finance & Budget$73.90$182,390
Rudy CaluzaDirector Acctg & Procurement$85.71$182,048
Mark TangaPolice Sergeant$46.91$181,966
Daniel FlynnPolice Sergeant$49.59$176,628
Raymond RaweChief EngrDir Eng Svcs$81.45$173,602
Thomas TanakaSr Port Counsel$76.10$170,253
Eric MilesPolice Officer A$39.58$168,999
David SoikeDir AV Fac and Capital Prog$79.82$168,569
Matthew BruchPolice Officer A$41.06$166,357
Craig WatsonGeneral Counsel$93.25$166,348
Jane KilburnDirector Public Affairs$83.90$166,253
Michael AutuchovichPolice Officer A$41.06$166,055
Jack MyersPolice Sergeant$48.70$164,265
Walter WessonPolice Officer A$41.80$163,969
Bruce MidkiffPolice Officer A$41.06$163,327
Keith TaylorAsst Fire Chief$63.16$163,165

NameJob TitleAnnual Base Salary2010 Gross Wages
Timothy J FarrellExecutive Director$220,880$219,727
John G WolfeChief Executive Officer$219,996$218,770
Brendan J DuganSr Director Container Terminal Businesses$156,780$164,898
Jean G BeckettDirector, Terminal Operations$136,068$157,400
Deborah M GivensSr. Director, Systems & Business Processes$143,640$156,341
Julie L CollinsSr. Director, External Affairs$143,640$151,361
Louis P CooperSr. Director, Operations & Labor Relations$144,672$150,801
Erin GalenoChief Financial Officer$143,640$149,780
Carol C MitchellSr. Director, Human Resources & Admin Svcs$143,640$146,970
Rodger A KoonDirector Communications$136,716$143,649
Tong ZhuSr. Director Commercial Group$143,640$142,347
Louis W PaulsenSr Manager, Risk & Terminal Security$102,720$137,677
Susan A MauermannSr. Director, Facilities Development$143,640$135,248
William A DurhamForeman$99,986$133,569
David E JohnsonE.T. Foreman$99,986$127,530
Martyn A AdamsonDirector, Information Technology$127,728$126,833
Michael D ReillyDirector, Intermodal Business$120,864$125,972
Bruce D BolenLeadperson$92,165$123,840
Susan M CoffeySr Manager, Business Development$102,960$123,524
Robert M RiceE.T. Leadperson$92,165$123,253
Charles A StevensForeman$106,787$122,347
Robert Neal StrombergSenior Project Manager$122,232$122,232
John W PigottE.T. Foreman$106,787$122,113
David Lloyd MorrisonDirector, Financial Planning & Treasury$121,116$120,972

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