The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 21, 2013
What California state workers earn: SEIU Local 1000, part 1

JM_STATE_DIGITAL_ARCHIVE.JPGBy Amy Gebert and Jon Ortiz

With talks and ratification votes for new state employee contracts on the agenda over the next few weeks, The State Worker is taking a first-ever look at what unionized workers earned over the last two years by bargaining unit.

The numbers feeding the series come from the state controller's payroll database. The figures include only regular pay issued to full-time employees represented by the 21 bargaining units that negotiate contracts with the state. University of California and California State University employee earnings are not included in these figures. The data cover the calendar years of 2011 and 2012.

First up: SEIU Local 1000, bargaining units 1, 3, 4, 11 and 14.

Unit 1: Professional, administrative and staff services
Number of employees in 2012: 45,836
2012 average pay: $53,941
2012 median pay: $55,037

Number of employees in 2011: 46,141
2011 average pay: $53,177
2011 median pay: $53,475

Unit 3: Professional educators and librarians

Number of employees in 2012: 1,488
2012 average pay: $69,800
2012 median pay: $76,195

Number of employees in 2011: 1,447
2011 average pay: $72, 229
2011 median pay: $76,712

Unit 4: Office and allied services

Number of employees in 2012: 23,334
2012 average pay: $32,912
2012 median pay: $35,813

Number of employees in 2011: 24,505
2011 average pay: $32,975
2011 median pay: $34,900

Unit 11: Engineering and scientific technicians

Number of employees in 2012: 2,010
2012 average pay: $52,103
2012 median pay: $56,091

Number of employees in 2011: 2,074
2011 average pay: $50,908
2011 median pay: $54,770

Unit 14: Printing and allied trades

Number of employees in 2012: 408
2012 average pay: $47,165
2012 median pay: $47,966

Number of employees in 2011: 429
2011 average pay: $47,171
2011 median pay: $47,674

Editor's note: This post updated on June 24, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. and on July 2, 2013 at 3:10 p.m. to correct minor calculation errors.

PHOTO: A senior librarian for the California State Library views a set of historical documents that have been preserved in the digital archive of the library. Photo taken on Dec. 12, 2005. The Sacramento Bee/ Jay Mather

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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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