Licensed medical staff are generally among the highest paid state employees, so it's no surprise the members of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists earned more on average than any other group of rank-and-file employees in 2011 and 2012.
Last year, for example, UAPD members' median wage of $229,000 more than doubled the $106,000 median paid to the runner-up group, state legal employees such as attorneys and administrative law judges.
Number of employees in 2012: 1,353
2012 average pay: $209,739
2012 median pay: $229,070
Number of employees in 2011: 1,451
2011 average pay: $195,240
2011 median pay: $215,605
2012 Largest job class: Dentist, Correctional Facility (241)
Highest paid job class (2012 average): Senior Psychiatrist (Specialist) ($244,411)
Lowest paid job class (2012 average): Public Health Medical Officer III-Epidemiology ($88,349)
This chart shows the average and median pay for Bargaining Unit 16 in 2011 and 2012.
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. The number of employees includes only full-time workers who were paid during the calendar year. University of California and California State University employee earnings are not included in these figures. The data covers calendar 2011 and 2012.
PHOTO: Dr. Sasan Salmi examines an inmate at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.