A study finds that the base salary makes up about half the total cost of compensation for public employees in Oregon. 

The study released this week by Portland State University's Center for Public Service found that vacation, overtime, health and pension benefits can often exceed base wages.

The study was commissioned by the state. It examined compensation for 11 job titles in 21 cities and counties in Oregon and southwest Washington.

The director of the Center for Public Service, Phil Keisling, says the study gives elected officials a framework to manage compensations costs.

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