Statewide NewsHere’s a List of the Salaries of Texas Agency Heads

The individuals heading up each agency, their position and salary, and the number of employees they oversee are listed.
September 5, 2022
Texas has over 100 state agencies that handle a wide array of different responsibilities. 

The largest agency in terms of the number of employees is the Health and Human Services Commission with over 32,000 employees. Cecile Young runs that agency and is compensated $290,000 for the job.

Brian Guthrie, executive director of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), is the highest-compensated agency head, paid $400,000 annually. TRS is the largest public pension system in the state and manages billions of dollars of investments, and currently has $50 billion in unfunded liabilities – benefits promised but unaccounted for in current funding levels.

Below is a list of the individuals heading up each agency, their position and salary, and the number of employees they oversee. Each person listed is at the top of their agency, as best could be ascertained. Most are the highest-paid at their respective entity, but each listed is not necessarily the most compensated. For example, TRS’s Chief Investment Officer Jase Auby is the entity’s highest-paid employee at $550,000.

The data is from the Texas Tribune’s government salary database, updated as of July 1, 2022.

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AgencyHeadTitleSalary# of Employees
Teacher Retirement System of TexasBrian GuthrieExecutive Director$400,000973
Texas Department of TransportationMarc WilliamsExecutive Director$344,00013,198
Employees Retirement System of TexasPorter WilsonExecutive Director$331,923358
Department of Public SafetySteven McCrawDirector$299,81310,368
Texas Higher Education Coordinating BoardHarrison KellerCommissioner$299,813301
Health and Human Services CommissionCecile YoungExecutive Commissioner$290,25832,733
Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBryan CollierExecutive Director$275,50130,519
Department of State Health ServicesJohn HellerstedtCommissioner$271,0833,464
Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust CompanyMichael RessigChief Executive Officer$265,00074
Texas Department of BankingCharles CooperCommissioner$254,850172
Department of Family and Protective ServicesJaime MastersCommissioner$235,500166
Texas Commission on Environmental QualityChristopher BakerExecutive Director$223,2772,606
Texas Education AgencyMichael MorathCommissioner$220,3751,111
Legislative Budget BoardJerry McGintyDirector$220,000123
State AuditorLisa CollierState Auditor$220,000181
Texas Legislative CouncilJeffrey ArcherExecutive Director$220,000**368
Texas Department of InsuranceCassandra BrownCommissioner$217,1391,209
Texas Juvenile Justice DepartmentCandace Cain & Shandra CarterExecutive Director$216,7251,689
Texas Lottery CommissionGary GriefExecutive Director$213,344291
Office of Court AdministrationMegan LavoieAdministrative Director$211,500286
Office of Consumer Credit CommissionerLeslie PettijohnCommissioner$203,84063
Public Utility Commission of TexasPeter LakeCommission Chair$201,000184
Texas Water Development BoardBrooke Paup & George PeytonBoard Member$201,000369
Texas Workforce CommissionBryan DanielChairman$201,0004,449
Texas Department of Motor VehiclesDaniel Avitia, Jr.Executive Director$200,952729
Parks and Wildlife DepartmentCarter SmithExecutive Director$200,6433,092
Department of Savings and Mortgage LendingHector RettaCommissioner$200,00432
Credit Union DepartmentJohn KolhoffCommissioner$200,00018
Texas Public Finance AuthorityLee DevineyExecutive Director$200,00014
Secretary of StateJohn ScottSecretary of State$197,415189
Department of Information ResourcesAmanda CrawfordExecutive Director$194,182216
Texas Department of Housing and Community AffairsRobert Wilkinson IIExecutive Director$192,299356
Texas Military DepartmentThomas SuelzerAdjutant General$191,357533
Texas Facilities CommissionMichael NovakExecutive Director$190,248374
Texas State Board of Public AccountancyWilliam TreacyExecutive Director$190,19038
Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land SurveyorsLance KinneyExecutive Director$190,12437
Sunset Advisory CommissionJennifer JonesExecutive Director$190,00026
Texas Real Estate CommissionChelsea BuchholtzExecutive Director$187,460140
State Office of Administrative HearingsKristofer MonsonChief Administrative Law Judge$180,000103
Texas Department of Licensing and RegulationMike Arismendez, Jr.Executive Director$180,000488
State Preservation BoardRoderick WelshExecutive Director$175,990193
Texas Behavioral Health Executive CouncilDarrel SpinksExecutive Director$175,00060
State Securities BoardTravis IlesCommissioner$172,08776
Texas Board of Nurse ExaminersKatherine ThomasExecutive Director$169,537117
Legislative Reference LibraryMary CampDirector$165,00023
Texas Board of Architectural ExaminersJulie HildebrandExecutive Director$160,51419
Texas Alcoholic Beverage CommissionThomas GrahamExecutive Director$157,000***545
Texas Historical CommissionMark WolfeExecutive Director$156,652298
Texas Medical BoardStephen CarltonExecutive Director$156,145197
Texas Animal Health CommissionAndy SchwartzExecutive Director$155,814178
Texas Veterans CommissionThomas PalladinoExecutive Director$151,123431
Office of Injured Employee CounselJessica BartaPublic Counsel$151,048145
State Office of Risk ManagementStephen VollbrechtExecutive Director$150,563104
Soil and Water Conservation BoardCharles IsomExecutive Director$150,28370
Office Of Public Insurance CounselMelissa HamiltonPublic Counsel$149,9769
Office of Capital and Forensic WritsBenjamin WolfExecutive Director$148,51023
Texas State Library and Archives CommissionGloria MerazDirector$148,197162
Texas State Board of PharmacyTimothy TuckerExecutive Director$141,51093
Health Professions CouncilJohn MonkDirector$140,3168
Texas Ethics CommissionAnne PetersExecutive Director$139,09725
Texas Commission on Law EnforcementCharles VickersExecutive Director$136,64960
Texas Racing CommissionAmy CookExecutive Director$130,00033
Texas Commission on the ArtsGary GibbsExecutive Director$129,92713
State Commission on Judicial ConductJacqueline HabershamExecutive Director$128,00013
Bond Review BoardRobert LatshaExecutive Director$127,50012
State Board of Dental ExaminersCasey NicholsExecutive Director$127,43547
State Pension Review BoardAmy CardonaExecutive Director$126,73010
Texas Commission on Fire ProtectionMichael WiskoExecutive Director$123,88326
Commission on Jail StandardsBrandon WoodExecutive Director$121,02022
Texas State Board of Plumbing ExaminersLisa HillExecutive Director$120,58637
State Board of Veterinary Medical ExaminersMichael TackerExecutive Director$112,00818
Office of Public Utility CounselChris EkohInterim Public Counsel$110,53812
Texas Board of Professional GeoscientistsRene TruanExecutive Director$109,1574
Executive Council of Physical and Occupational Therapy ExaminersRalph HarperExecutive Director$104,42418
Texas Emergency Services Retirement SystemDavid TropeaExecutive Director$101,2008
State Law LibraryAmy SmallDirector$101,00011
Texas Board of Chiropractic ExaminersGerald FortnerExecutive Director$100,83011
Texas Optometry BoardKelly ParkerExecutive Director$100,7327
Texas Funeral Service CommissionJames WhiteExecutive Director$75,000*9

*Listed salary of White’s predecessor. The former state representative took over as executive director in mid-August after resigning early from his House seat.

**Archer’s salary from his previous position as financial examiner.

***Graham’s salary is listed as his previous position as a division director.


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Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.

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