The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 3, 2013
What California state workers earn: Health and social services


The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees represents the state's health and social services professionals. Its bargaining goals sound much like the deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and SEIU Local 1000: an across-the-board salary increase, differential pay bumps and increased employer health benefits contributions, according to the local's its website.

A look at Bargaining Unit 19 by the numbers:

Number of employees in 2012: 4,651
2012 average pay: $72,500
2012 median pay: $68,879

Number of employees in 2011: 4,767
2011 average pay: $68,911
2011 median pay: $66,452

2012 Largest job class: Psychologist-Clinical, Correctional Facility (707)
Highest paid job class (2012 average): Senior Psychologist, Correctional Facility (Specialist) ($110,826)
Lowest paid job class (2012 average): Psychometrist, Correctional Facility ($13,159)

This chart shows the average and median pay for Bargaining Unit 19 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.

Check out The Bee's state worker pay database here.

PHOTO: Employees at Napa State Hospital participate in a training class on Tuesday, April 6, 2004, on how to deal with inmate assaults. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.

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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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