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WASHINGTON -- What's the best paying out of the District of Columbia's more than 38,000 public jobs?

If you guessed the mayor, you'd be wrong -- by about 20 spots and $100,000.

Ronald Mason Jr., president of the University of the District of Columbia, ranks #1 at $322,354 a year, according to the latest release of public employee data by the D.C. Department of Human Resources.

D.C.'s Top Public Earners

  • Ronald Mason, president of the University of the D.C. - $322,354
  • Rashad Young, city administrator - $307,000
  • Roger Mitchell, chief medical examiner - $281,989
  • Lewis Ferebee, chancellor of D.C. Public Schools - $280,000
  • Peter Newsham, chief of MPD - $273,156

Mayor Muriel Bowser actually ranks as the 21st-highest paid public employee with an annual salary of $220,000.

The largest city agency is D.C. Public Schools, which employs more than 9,600 people – more than twice as much as the Metropolitan Police Department and almost five times as many as D.C. Fire & EMS.

The Department of Human Resources publishes the salaries of all public employees on a quarterly basis as a PDF on its website. To make that information more accessible, we've turned it into a searchable database.

Use the database below to search for salary information by agency, position and employee name. Listed salaries do not include overtime or performance bonuses.

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Jordan Fischer is an investigative data reporter for WUSA9. Follow him on Twitter at @JordanOnRecord.