Here is the List of the Top 100 VA Employee Salaries

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VA Employee Salaries

VA is always quite secretive about VA employee salaries. That is, until now.

We have been scouring the web looking for data on VA employees and finally found a resource on fedsdatacenter.com, brought to us by FedSmith. This article falls into my, “If the Fed will not hold you accountable, I will,” category. Smile, 100 VHA employees are about to become “veteran famous”.

I’d like to thank my good friend Ron Nesler for the reference note. Mr. Nesler is founder of the fastest growing veteran group on Facebook right now, called VA is Lying. If you want to keep current on things VA is lying about at any given moment, that is the first place to look.

Fedsdatacenter.com allows you to find the salary and bonus amount of any federal employee including VA employees on the VHA and VBA sides of the house. Mr. Nesler sent us a link to this tool two days ago and I decided to run a little analysis of my own to see how much our scandal plagued VHA employees are being paid.

Keep in mind, VHA employees are the highest paid VA employees across the board, so that is why I titled this, “Top 100 VA Employee Salaries”.

Come to find out, VHA employees are among the most well paid federal employees of all agencies. VHA houses 1,274 employees earning at least $300,000 per year, as of 2013. The top earner, from the infamous Pittsburg VHA, falls within the top 1 percent of earners within the United States, at $401,589. At that price tag, he makes more than the President of the United States.

All the high earners, $300,000+, are classified as “medical officers” within the database, in case you would like to replicate my search. We will call these doctors “highly paid doctors” through the rest of this analysis.

To provide context, some of these doctors in the list are Internists. According to O*Net, the national salary average for an Internist is $186,000 in the private sector. Many of these doctors also have concurrent research positions with universities in the community. Many of the doctors listed are also foreign-trained doctors.

The wait list scandal-linked Durham VHA has the highest number of these highly paid doctors of any VHA facility. Richmand VHA is a distant second, with Minneapolis VHA close on its heals in third place.

Here is how the top 10 facilities size up against each other by total salary and # of doctors who are highly paid:

 

Top 10 VHA Highly Paid Employee List

LocationSum SalarySum Bonus# Doctors
DURHAM$21,936,153$066
RICHMOND$14,605,240$044
MINNEAPOLIS$14,290,742$7743
HOUSTON$12,529,005$3,50039
TAMPA$10,186,430$5,00032
PALO ALTO$9,239,292$6,00028
SAN DIEGO$8,879,671$15,00028
DALLAS$8,056,223$025
PITTSBURGH$8,408,423$10,00025
PORTLAND$8,032,825$3,00025

 

Durham VHA was recently linked to the wait list scandal where two employees were placed on administrative leave prior to the Shinseki-inspired audit. Based on these numbers, I am troubled that Durham would have any problem scheduling veterans for appointments. In fact, I am outraged.

 

Top 100 VA Employee Salaries

Below is the full listing of all employees paid over $300,000 by VA cut off at the Top 100. As previously mentioned, this is also the top paid employee list for VHA. While the numbers might be popular in Forbes, after this current wait list scandal, being a high paid VA employee may be less popular than previously thought.

NOTE: I organized this with the location column arranged in second order to highlight possible payment schemes that may be in place. You will notice a few location have numerous employees pegged at exactly the same salary meaning they may be part of the same research program or a facility head of some kind. You will notice a pattern with Durham and Minneapolis. On the full list of 1,274 employees, the pattern pops up numerous times.

Type Cont + F to see if your VA doctor made the list below.

[Download the list of 1,274 Top Paid VA Employees spreadsheet here.]

 

RankLast NameFirst NameSalaryBonusLocation
1CACCIARELLITHOMAS$401,589$0PITTSBURGH
2BURDONTHOMAS$398,055$0PALO ALTO
3DASMITHILESH$391,534$0INDIANAPOLIS
4LEWISNEIL$391,534$0RICHMOND
5HARPOLEDAVID$388,267$0DURHAM
6SONELALI$388,267$2,000PITTSBURGH
7AGARWALRAKESH$388,267$0RICHMOND
8HOLLOWAYKATHRYN$388,267$0RICHMOND
9MAQBOOLFEROZ$387,767$0OKLAHOMA CITY
10ITANIKAMAL$386,267$5,500BOSTON
11FANNJAMES$385,550$0PALO ALTO
12SKIRBOLLSTEPHEN$385,000$0PALO ALTO
13HAJONATHAN$385,000$0RICHMOND
14KHANMUHAMMAD$385,000$0RICHMOND
15ROBINSONHARRY$385,000$0SAINT CLOUD
16JACOBSRICHARD$385,000$0SAINT LOUIS
17LISTERJAMES$383,534$0GAINESVILLE
18TRACHIOTISGREGORY$380,000$5,000WASHINGTON
19SALLOUMJOSEPH$379,675$0NASHVILLE
20EHNIBRUCE$378,821$0HOUSTON
21VALDIVIAVALDIVIA$378,267$500ANN ARBOR
22CARSONWILLIAM$378,267$0BECKLEY
23GLOWERDONALD$378,267$0DURHAM
24WEKSLERBENNY$378,267$0PITTSBURGH
25BROADDUSWILLIAM$378,267$0RICHMOND
26MALLOYPATRICK$377,257$2,500NEW YORK CITY
27STAPLESEDWARD$375,058$0GAINESVILLE
28KIMCHARLES$375,000$0DURHAM
29MILLERMICHAEL$375,000$0DURHAM
30PABON-RAMOSWALESKA$375,000$0DURHAM
31SMITHPETER$375,000$0DURHAM
32SMITHTONY$375,000$0DURHAM
33SOPKODAVID$375,000$0DURHAM
34BARINAVEED$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
35BRAHMBHATTNAISHADH$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
36ENKERMARK$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
37JANJUATARIQ$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
38LONCHYNAVASSYL$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
39MBEKEANIKAMANA$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
40NARAYANTAMARISA$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
41PATELSUBHASH$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
42SRIRAMKRISHNAN$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
43TOLINSJONATHAN$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
44WOODMAUREEN$375,000$0MINNEAPOLIS
45THARINSUZANNE$375,000$0PALO ALTO
46SHAKIRAHMED$375,000$0SAN ANTONIO
47KIMSAMUEL$375,000$0TUCSON
48SUBRAMANIANSREEKUMAR$375,000$0TUCSON
49THOMPSONJESS$375,000$0TUCSON
50DEMARCOJAMES$374,400$0CLARKSBURG
51WERAGLENN$373,267$5,000CLEVELAND
52ZHOUWEI$373,267$0PALO ALTO
53KANGPREET$373,129$0CLEVELAND
54BANDIRUPAL$373,129$3,000PITTSBURGH
55QUAGLIANOPETER$372,677$0RICHMOND
56HOMMARK$372,466$0RICHMOND
57FRAZEEJOHN$372,334$0LOS ANGELES
58BANERJEESUBHASH$371,943$0DALLAS
59ROTTMANJEFFREY$371,483$0NASHVILLE
60YAWKENNETH$370,000$0ALBUQUERQUE
61BHATIASAMEER$370,000$0BIRMINGHAM
62TURNERDENNIS$368,634$0DURHAM
63CROSBYLYNN$368,628$0AUGUSTA
64BREALLJEFFREY$368,617$0INDIANAPOLIS
65HALLBRAD$368,570$0SAN ANTONIO
66HAGANMICHAEL$368,395$0RICHMOND
67MCGUIREPHILIP$367,982$0NASHVILLE
68WUKICHDANE$367,788$0PITTSBURGH
69GIORINICHOLAS$367,281$0PALO ALTO
70AMSTUTZPAUL$366,258$1,000SALT LAKE CITY
71JIMENEZERNESTO$366,067$0TAMPA
72BRILAKISEMMANOUIL$366,021$0DALLAS
73OBELOWEN$366,021$0DALLAS
74SMITHJOSEPH$365,715$82BIRMINGHAM
75YOUNGTIMOTHY$365,361$0AUGUSTA
76MELDRUMRUSSELL$365,361$0INDIANAPOLIS
77CHANSKYHOWARD$365,361$0SEATTLE
78AMIDIMORTEZA$365,350$0PITTSBURGH
79WHEELERGREG$365,000$0LEXINGTON
80BARTHKLEMENS$363,390$0WASHINGTON
81TYEGARY$363,348$0RICHMOND
82CALLAHANDENNIS$363,267$0SAINT CLOUD
83KIMHUBERT$363,267$0SAN FRANCISCO
84TOBLERHARMON$362,270$0LITTLE ROCK
85GELFENBEYNMIKHAIL$362,267$0SEATTLE
86CHRISTENSENKEVIN$362,181$0HONOLULU
87CORPERAYMOND$362,094$0AUGUSTA
88SHALABYALAA$361,534$0PITTSBURGH
89SWAMYNARAYANA$361,403$0MATHER AFB
90SHERIGARRATHNAKARA$361,322$0SALEM
91MYERSSCOTT$361,267$0GAINESVILLE
92SAWHNEYRAJIV$361,267$0SAN FRANCISCO
93WEBSTERMARK$360,843$0INDIANAPOLIS
94CETASJUSTIN$360,767$0PORTLAND
95MCCARRONJESSE$360,767$0PORTLAND
96MONEIMMOHEB$360,258$0ALBUQUERQUE
97LARSONPAUL$360,000$0SAN FRANCISCO
98DUNTONROBERT$360,000$0SYRACUSE
99ADLERGRIT$360,000$0TAMPA
100HOMANEDWARD$360,000$0TAMPA

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  1. How many of these government bureaucrat 1%ers are responsible for the poor treatment of us veterans?

    Will those VA thugs responsible for hurting veterans ever be punished?

    At least Congress yesterday passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act.

    This bill makes it easier for senior VA executives to be fired or demoted.

    Unbelievably (no, not really), 33 Congressional Democrats voted against this bill.

    More unbelievably (no, not really), the Senate Democrats refuse to vote on the bill.

    In fact, Democrat Senator Reid is once again playing death panel politics by refusing to immediately act to save veterans’ lives.

    Obama and Senate Democrats would rather continue the same stall and delay political strategy hoping that the American people with their short memories will forget about the pain and misery being performed upon veterans every time they visit a VA medical facility.

    If Obama as President and CINC continues to be a gutless coward, why continue to support him?

    Advocating for Obama to resign is the moral thing to do in order to save veterans lives.

    Fire Obama now!

    • Ret Master Chief 69-95 and Vietnam Veteran. I agree 100%. Most of those in Wash. Have No HONOR and NO SOUL to go with it. They have to go,unfortunately the people without HONOR keep voting these asswipes into office

    • @American Veteran. Since we all know firing Obama is not realistic, what are some secondary goals that could succeed? I think it is important to focus on what is realistic rather than ideological platforms.

      • My number one goal is to wake people up to the fact that the representatives of their political party that they consistency vote for keep deceiving them with broken promises.

        Broken promises brought about by unpatriotic and un-American political ideologies.

        The ONLY SOLUTION is to mobilize the veteran constituency to vote against their traditional interests, whether democrat or RINO, and to vote en masse as a powerful special interest group for veterans in every single election, at the local, state, and federal levels.

        Right now, we are all witnessing the political power brokers from the Democratic and RINO ideological platforms use and abuse veterans for their own political gain.

        Sadly, your own well-written blog is a bloodied minefield of wounded warrior stories that endlessly repeat, year after year.

        If we as veterans do not loudly and persistently speak out against this vote slavery, Obama and the RINOS will continue to tell us to check our veteran privilege and to vote for politicians that do not have our veteran interests in mind.

        It’s not good enough that we volunteered to serve America, we now must not challenge the political status quo lest Obama and his political war machine single us out for death panels, delayed and denied SC claims, and inevitable cannon fodder for future non-declared banker-owned wars that kill us, maim us, and break our spirit when we do not receive the medical care we deserve.

        I WILL NOT CHECK MY VETERAN PRIVILEGE!

        Will you?

      • Ben, what’s realistic is putting a few of the VA bureaucrats in jail. I believe I already gave you evidence of hundreds of millions of dollars of fraudulent contracts that could put VA procurement officials in jail. Coverup by Shinseki and the VA OIG makes the crimes even worse – they too could go to jail. How many more veterans have to die waiting for care they have earned?

  2. FREEDOM AIN’T “FREE”, BUT THE “DEFENSE” OF FREEDOM IS EVEN MORE “COSTLY”(HUMAN LIVES/WELL-BEING)

  3. Once again, let us blame the black guy when the drunk before him caused all these problems and the current republicans voted down an increase in help for the VA just 3 months ago. With these salaries, I want to know why we have to suffer with so many foreign incompetent doctors that could care less if US veterans live or die and would prefer if they die and hate US veterans. I personally had the grandson of the chinese general that overran us in Korea dr. peng almost kill me.

  4. I have to agree 100 percent with American Veteran. As individuals, we are at most an extremely minor mishap or inconvenience. If we link arms, we are undeniable and are capable of conquering any issue. Our political party system does not work. The republicans describe something as being black and the democrats call it ebony. The next time you begin to evaluate a political candidate, you better start looking at their public positions and voting record where it applies to veterans issues, regardless of their party affiliation. If we don’t vote on these lines our agenda will never have traction. If we don’t care enough to vote for veteran advocates, then why would anyone else care. Professional politicians don’t serve the public at large. They serve VOTERS. They know who votes, and they know who contributes to their campaigns.

  5. I searched a few names on this list and they were all physicians. These salaries don’t seem completely out of whack for physicians that are considered near the top in their fields. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but there are not paper pushers sitting behind a desk….these are physicians that paid a pretty penny to attend medical school and are now providing patient care, research, or medical training at VA facilities. What’s the big deal? Personally, as a veteran I hope the physicians are getting well compensated by the VA. I don’t want sub-par docs who couldn’t find a position elsewhere and took a lower paying VA position as a last resort evaluating and treating me when I have to go in for an appointment! At first I thought this was a list of bureaucrats and administrative managers sitting behind a desk and getting paid way too much for what they do….but this doesn’t seem to be the case. Please do correct me if I’m missing something here.

    • There are too many people crying about lousy care who know little of how the VA works. in 1971 John Kerry interviewed many VIETNAM combat vets, concluding that most of us took part in atrocities. Problem is, most of these guys were frauds and some were not even veterans. I was medically retired from the Corps in 70 after 16 months in Naval hospitals. I have relied on the VA for my care these past 44 years and have no complaints. The recent instances of VA failing to provide timely treatment, leading to deaths, must be thoroughly investigated and people responsible punished. But there are similar occurrences in the private sector and there is zero reason to fire Secretary Shinseki. he has proven himself an effective leader at all levels, military and civilian. We need him to take charge of investigating the VA deaths. as far as there are foreign-born doctors in the VA, SO WHAT? The only negative that I have found is difficulty understanding them because of their accent. The VA provides healthcare that I think is superior to all other countries and yet some treat the VA like their enemy. The purpose of the VA was originally to treat the “bloody bandage” (combat injuries). Now? MAny vets who never served in a combat zone, let. alone in combat, demand care for everything. Ridiculous.

  6. Where is the list of salaries for medical doctors in positions at VA Central office?

  7. This list is chocked full of foreign names. How much do you think these folks care about OUR veterans? We have dealt with the Dallas VA quite a bit. The place is staffed almost completely by civilians, having never served a day in our military. Why would they care about the veteran? It’s a job for many inept minorities, not accustomed to work, to rake in a fine salary and not have to do too much for it. My solution is to kick their union bottoms out and replace with military men. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

    • There are quite a few foreign trained docs on this list. Additionally, it is important to note that the national average for doctors is around $200k. Of course, this varies with specialty.

  8. Flood the media and the social media sites with information for the general public to see this unfairness. We need the American public behind us; let’s ask the people of the United States to give us what we have given to them. We have given them a better quality of life, now is their turn. I do not think it is a unreasonable request, people want to continue to be free and enjoy their freedom; cutting the military into pieces, kicking people out, lowering the pay, and denying service to our veterans. Who would want to serve as volunteers in the military with no benefits, might us well work for McDonalds. We also have to take responsibility; someone say we have to pay attention to who we elect. Electing official that support our cause or start running ourself to change the system. We have to change the laws to hold the current law makers and changed accountable; you don’t see them getting pay cuts.

  9. We are finding fault with the salaries with these medical professionals; however what about the Directors of the VA Regional Offices and the Service Enter Managers and their Bonuses?

    • Exactly Right! I know M.O.H. member’s wife is on the staff at the Regional Office and he walked around the V.A. with a toolbelt on. He told me his job was to talk to troubled veterans. lol. I love this man and what he did, but I hate the system!

  10. IT IS ALL “WELL/GOOD” TO HAVE “TOP-FLIGHT DOCTORS” RECEIVE TOP $$$$$$, BUT THE CONVERSE OF THE COROLLARY IS ALSO VERY TRUE; VETS DESERVE “TOP-FLIGHT” HEALTH CARE.
    WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO TO PAY FOR THE “BEST” AND NOT GET THE “BEST” ? BRAGGING RIGHTS ARE NOT HEALTH CARE.

  11. WHAT DO i think? I think the Think Tanks the Federal Government uses to formulate ideas to keep masses of people in line and to deal with them in any way possible wins.
    The United States Government wants to hurt us. The VA wants to hurt their veterans.
    It is the order of the current times and has been for some time. I think it is intentional and I don’t know what to do about it.

  12. Maybe it has something to do with 8 of 10 VA employees are unionized. That is were they are getting the protection.

  13. Here is the deal! There are only two kinds of people in all this whole country….. and ever been! Vets who protected this country and………those that didn’t!? Think about it! What happens to this country without the Vets.?????

  14. Look, these “internists” are more than likely internal medicine subspecialties, like cardiologists or gastroenterologists, who make more than $300,000/yr in the private sector.

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