The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 4, 2009
Column extra: Details behind the state median wage

Our State Worker column is limited by space, but visitors to this blog get extra info, Web links, notes and quotes that don't see print but still inform what we write.

The column in today's fiber and cyber Bee mentions that the state's median annual wage for the state's civil servants in 2008 was $66,006, excluding folks who work for the college and university systems.

Here are some details about that number, sent to us by Bee colleague Phillip Reese, the database guru who ran the analysis using numbers provided by the state:

Pay Group
........... Most common job titles .........................................Median Base Pay, 2008
Bottom 20% ...............Typist, Custodian ........................................................... $34,678
Next 20% .............. Staff Services Analyst, Employment Program Representative...$50,143
Next 20% ........... Associate Governmental Program Analyst .............................. $66,006
Next 20% .............Transportation Engineer, Correctional Officer .......................... $83,938
Top 20% ..............Highway Patrol Officer, Registered Nurse ............................... $110,858

Another statistic we didn't include in the column: While the average annual state worker base pay in 2008 was $63,815, include overtime and the number rises to $70,627.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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