Find out how much Allegheny County paid its staff in 2017. Take our quiz.

While you may be spending a third of your budget on housing or paying off debt, Allegheny County spends about a third of its budget on employee salaries. In 2017, 35 percent of the county’s operating budget went to paychecks. That line item, however, did not include health insurance or other benefits workers receive. PublicSource publishes data on the employee salaries from Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the state of Pennsylvania each year because we think residents should see how their tax dollars are spent. We've been reporting on salaries since 2014.

Pittsburgh has a wage gap. But what does that really mean?

Men employed by the City of Pittsburgh, on average, earn more money than women. Similarly, white people employed by the city, on average, earn more than people of color. This is what’s known as a wage gap. And among public employees in Pittsburgh, it is real. PublicSource requested data from the city detailing salaries, bonuses and overtime pay for public workers who were employed in 2016.

Graphic: Pittsburgh’s affordable housing shortage

The following graphic represents the 17,241 affordable housing units Pittsburgh needs to provide for all households earning 50 percent of the city's median household income or less. For the full story on Pittsburgh's affordable housing shortage, read our explainer: What you need to know about affordable housing (or lack thereof) in Pittsburgh

Source: Pittsburgh Housing Needs Assessment, Mullin & Lonergan Associates