The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 29, 2009
What will your paycheck look like?


State workers are about to get July checks in the mail. They'll show the impact of three furlough days.

To use the calculator above, fill in your monthly salary before furloughs in the top left yellow box, then click Enter.

We didn't make this furlough calculator, and we don't know who did, but it's accurate. For now, don't worry about the numbers in the fourth and fifth furlough day columns. A governor's spokesman said Monday that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not considering adding a fourth monthly furlough.

If your computer isn't loading the calculator, click here to see it in an Excel form.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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


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