While it may come as no surprise to some, many of the highest paying government-related jobs in certain Houston-area suburban ZIP codes are all tied to institutions of higher education and school districts.
A new interactive map
from OpenTheBooks.com and Forbes shows 19 million public employee salaries at every level of government across America in 2017. The tool essentially allows the public to see what government-related jobs pay the most in their neighborhoods.
The database shows exactly how much public employees made, including their name, salary, position title and employer for 2017. The Chronicle omitted names tied to the various positions.
As far as Houston's outskirts, Galveston is a hot spot for highest paying government jobs, with the top official at the Island's University of Texas Medical Branch raking in over $1.6 million in 2017, data shows.
A common thread throughout Houston's suburbs is the link to institutions of higher education and school districts. Out of the Houston suburbs the Chronicle highlighted in the slideshow above, Conroe saw the second highest paying government job. The superintendent of Conroe ISD made over $400,000 in 2017, data shows.
Other common positions that made the list include chiefs of police, city administrators and city attorneys. The Chronicle highlighted 22 suburban areas and listed the three highest-paying government jobs in those ZIP codes.