In the spring and summer of 2012 the State of Oregon commissioned a study from Portland State University’s Center for Public Service to examine the single biggest cost of most government jurisdictions: personnel costs. Working closely with the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties, the state and the CPS research team identified 21 different city and county jurisdictions in Oregon and southwest Washington, in addition to using state of Oregon data. The research team then identified 11 different job titles that were chosen for their range of duties and the relatively high degree of position comparability across these jurisdictions.
The result is a detailed analysis of what is called “Total Employer Cost of Compensation” (TECC). Below is a quick summary of the TECC reports components, and some of the main highlights; a more detailed analysis follows.