Transparent Utah Help

Author: Alex Nielson (
Last Updated: March 20th, 2024

Utah has been a leader in government transparency since 2009 with a commitment to making it easier for the public to get detailed financial information about state and local government spending. This help section, provides an overview of how the latest version of the website, Transparent Utah 3.4, functions. Below you will find a FAQ, tutorial videos for common searches, and more.

There are 16 Information Sections (represented by a graphic tile) on the Transparency home page, color coded into 6 groups.

  • Green tiles link to government employee compensation searches.
    • Highest Paid Employees - Find the top 100 highest paid employees at any entity in any year
    • Employee Pay Search - Custom employee name search across all entities and fiscal years for an employee's compensation.
    • Compensation Downloader - Download all of the employees' compensation under a given entity and fiscal year
  • Purple tiles provide information on government vendor payments.
    • Highest Paid Vendors - Find the top 100 highest paid vendors and vendor payments at any entity in any year
    • Vendor Payment Search - Custom search across all entities and years for a vendors payments.
  • Blue tiles link to Entity information, such as for the State or a University, school, city, county or town.
    • Entity Overview - Get a quick overview of a governments revenue and expenses.
    • Transaction Details - Examine individual transactions in a PivotTable like user interface
    • Compliance Report - Check which participating entities have submitted data and which are missing reports.
    • Fiscal Distress Dashboard - Financial distress is the inability of an entity to maintain existing service levels, withstand local and regional economic disruptions, and meet the demands of growth or decline. This dashboard tries to flag early indicators of fiscal distress for all local governments.
    • Data Quality Dashboard - This dashboard was built to flag errors and quality concerns in Transparency reports submitted to the Office of the State Auditor. Our team has developed algorithms and metrics to pinpoint issues in the data that cause confusion for users of Transparent Utah.
  • Red tiles provide access to job title searches.
    • Custom Search - Discover the compensation package for any job using a custom search term
    • Highest Paid - Discover the highest paying jobs in the State and Local governments
    • Most Common - Discover the most common (frequency) jobs in the State and Local governments
    • Local Government - Discover job compensation information for popular local government jobs
    • Wage Trends - Examine how a given occupation's compensation trends across time
    • Compare Two Entities - Compare a job's compensation package between two entities
  • Orange tiles link to Health related information including the Health Cost Compare project and CARES/ ARPA payments for a centralized view of pandemic spending.
    • CARES Dashboard - Explore a detailed CARES dashboard. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill to help with COVID-19
    • ARPA Dashboard - Explore a detailed ARPA dashboard. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also known as the ARPA, is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill to help with COVID-19 and recession
    • Medical Cannabis - Sister Site - Search costs of medical cannabis card and renewal visits
    • Utah Healthcost Compare - Sister Site - Search costs of variety of medical procedures
  • Black tile indicates connection to the Office’s Project KIDS K-12 education spending and performance.
    • Project KIDS - Sister Site - Project KIDS is an award-winning, special, in-depth performance audit of public education that integrates financial, operational, and performance data to create interactive visualizations.

image of quick search bar

At the top of the Transparent Utah page, just below the title bar, you will see the Quick Search bar. Use the drop down menu on the left to select your search topic, then type the appropriate name on the search bar. This is the quickest way to search for an individual government employee, government vendor or job title. Use the drop down menu on the left to choose between the search bars.

The ability to match a specific name, or partial name matches is very powerful and Transparent Utah includes that ability to help you in your searches. The job title quick search can generate large searches, so Transparent Utah provides rich tools on the "Job Title Tools" page.

  • Video Tutorial of Employee Payroll Quick Search
  • Video Tutorial of Vendor Payments Quick Search
  • Video Tutorial of Job Title Quick Search
  • Entity Compensation Quick Search

A fiscal year is a governments accounting year - which may or may not follow the calendar year. It is important to remember that the State of Utah and many local government entities, also called "political subdivisions", such as colleges and universities, cities, counties and school districts, have a fiscal year that is not the calendar year.

The State’s fiscal year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30th. So fiscal year 2024 started on July 1, 2023 and ended on June 30, 2024. Some local government entities have the same fiscal year as the Statem some have a fiscal year that matches the calendar year, others have a completely different fiscal year.

When comparing different entities one entity may include January-December data and the other may include July-June data. Keep this in mind when comparing entity data.

For information on Super Users, please visit our Super User Page

There are two reports entities submit to the Transparent Utah database.

  1. Quarterly Revenue/Expense Report. Due within 30 days after the end of each quarter. The Quarters are JAN-MAR, APR-JUN, JUL-SEP, and OCT-DEC
  2. Annual Compensation Report. Due within 90 days of the fiscal year ending.

Please note, that not all entities submit their data on time. This is due to a variety of factors such as forgetting, new employees, or computer/database issues. When entities are late, the Office of the State Auditor notifies the government of our intent to hold or suspend their monies within 60 days. After the 60 days, we then hold or suspend the entity. To see entity compliance statuses you can visit out Compliance Dashboard.

If you are an "At-risk Government employee" and your information is visible, please contact ( | 385-355-4509) to immediately redact your data. Per UC Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act. "At-risk government employee" means a current or former:

  • peace officer as specified in Section 53-13-102;
  • state or federal judge of an appellate, district, justice, or juvenile court, or court commissioner
  • judge authorized by Title 39A, Chapter 5, Utah Code of Military Justice;
  • judge authorized by Armed Forces, Title 10, United States Code;
  • federal prosecutor
  • prosecutor appointed pursuant to Armed Forces, Title 10, United States Code;
  • law enforcement official as defined in Section 53-5-711;
  • prosecutor authorized by Title 39A, Chapter 5, Utah Code of Military Justice; or
  • or state or local government employee who, because of the unique nature of the employee's regular work assignments or because of one or more recent credible threats directed to or against the employee, would be at immediate and substantial risk of physical harm if the employee's personal information is disclosed. Note: The most common redaction under this category is being a victim of domestic violence

If you have questions or feedback please contact our team via email We are always interested in improving our website or making information easier for you to find.