Denton, Texas – There are more than 30,000 employees in the Denton County human resources department.
They are mostly men and women who work in various capacities, including as administrative assistants, payroll supervisors, and managers.
The Denton-area office has about 4,700 employees, mostly full-time workers.
The average wage is about $25 per hour.
This year, Denton’s office was among the top five employers in Texas with the highest total cost of working, according to the Texas Department of Labor.
The department’s cost of wages is $17.60 an hour, according the most recent data from the Texas Governmental Accounting Service.
The highest-paid employees include a human resources professional and a general assistant.
The lowest-paid are a secretary, a general manager and a human resource representative.
The total cost for this year is $11,868.48.
“They are the ones with the most expensive expenses,” said Julie Stetson, president of the Dallas-based Texas Association of Business.
Denton is not alone. “
You have to figure out the benefits of having a general, human resource person.”
Denton is not alone.
In the Dallas area, the department’s total cost is $1,890.52.
The agency’s total wage is $15.42 an hour.
The most expensive employees are a human rights director, a human services specialist, and a manager.
The costliest employees are administrative assistants and supervisors.
The departments average cost is more than $2,400 per year.
Denton officials have been calling for changes to the way the county is paid for its workers, and they have proposed the elimination of the countywide wage scale and the elimination or reduction of several employees’ pay.
Dental and dental assistant salaries are among the highest in the state, and most are in the range of $70 to $100 per hour, said Kathy Baughman, the county’s human resources administrator.
“The department doesn’t have the funds to pay the salary they are getting.
We’re trying to do things that will bring our cost of doing business down,” she said.
Baughmen said the county currently pays the majority of its employees through payroll deductions.
The county’s workers have an average payroll of $60,000 a year, and it pays its most recent employees more than a third of that amount, she said, adding that the county has not seen a significant increase in costs.
Boughman said she is considering eliminating the county pay scale and hiring new employees.
She said she wants to create a new salary structure that reflects the current business climate.
“It’s not about the cost of what we’re paying.
We need to create an environment where people can feel comfortable,” she explained.
Baugher, the Dixie County human resource director, said she has been trying to figure that out since she took the position in May.
She wants to make the county more flexible and allow employees to negotiate their salaries.
Broughman said her office is working to make sure that Denton employees are paid properly.
The County Commission approved a plan last month that would provide for more flexibility in the county.
“We are going to do some things that may or may not affect their wages,” Broughmann said.
“If we can get them to pay their employees, we’re all in.”
The county has agreed to pay $5,000 per month to the county employee union, but the union has not yet agreed to the contract.
The union’s president, Larry DeCoster, said that since the new pay plan is not yet final, it is unclear how many county employees will see a pay bump.
The wage increase is part of a larger plan to address the county budget deficit, and Broughmans plan to pay for it through the county employees union.
She also is trying to find other ways to cut costs.
She is seeking to change the county department’s name from human resources to human services and said she plans to include that change in the next budget.