The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 3, 2013
What California state workers earn: The grand finale

ha_SEIU44713.JPGWith state worker unions at the bargaining table negotiating with Gov. Jerry Brown for more pay, among other issues, The State Worker has been running a series looking at what the state workforce earned in 2011 and 2012..

There are still 10 bargaining units at the negotiating table after contracts for most state workers expired Monday. The only contract to be renegotiated so far, that for the nine bargaining units represented by SEIU Local 1000, is still awaiting ratification. Local 1000 members will continue voting on the contract through next Monday.

Salaries are a big negotiating point for unions after years of pay cuts, furloughs and personal leave time.

Below are the links for the series, which shows salary statistics for each bargaining unit:

SEIU Local 1000, Part 1
SEIU Local 1000, Part 2
State Lawyers
Highway patrol officers
Prison and parole officers
Law enforcement
Operating engineers
Doctors and dentists
Psychiatric technicians
Health and social services

Also, check out The Bee's state worker pay database here.

PHOTO: Blanche Espinoza, of Stockton, writes a message on a banner in support of state workers as a large group of SEIU Local 1000 members and supporters gathered at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 to protest the proposed cut to their salaries to the federal minimum wage. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.

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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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