ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — This year's highest-paid St. Louis County employee is a woman.

Emily Doucette, the county's director of research and medical services for the Division of Health Services, earned more in 2019 than both the county executive and its chief prosecutor.

For several of the county's 38 highest-paid employees, however, 2019 was the last year they received county paychecks. In the wake of a scandal that swept County Executive Steve Stenger and several colleagues out of office, many of the highest-paid employees on the list no longer work for St. Louis County.

Among county employees earning $20,000 or more, the average salary was $52,956 and the median was $49,483. The 38 highest-paid employees earned a combined $5.2 million in fiscal 2019.

Check out the St. Louis Business Journal story for a gallery of the 38 highest-paid St. Louis County employees plus a searchable database.

The 25 highest-paid hospital and health system employees in St. Louis earned a combined $82.9 million in the most recent fiscal year. That's a 7.5% increase from last year's $77.2 million. As last year, many of the highest-paid executives worked at Ascension, a $23 billion national health system based in St.

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