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Earth Scientist. CAPS/State Bargaining Meeting. Salary Equity. May 18, 2006. “That is your annual salary? I had no idea. I’m sorry.”. -Federal geologist to state geologist on budgeting for collaborative project. Series Represented. Geologist Geochemist Geophysicist Meteorologist

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Earth scientist

Earth Scientist

CAPS/State Bargaining Meeting

Salary Equity

May 18, 2006


“That is your annual salary?

I had no idea. I’m sorry.”

-Federal geologist to state geologist

on budgeting for collaborative project


Series represented
Series Represented

  • Geologist

  • Geochemist

  • Geophysicist

  • Meteorologist

  • Oceanographer

  • Petroleum Geologist

  • Seismologist

Currently about

one dozen staff

in State service

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Geologists
Geologists

Study Earth materials and processes

Requires Bachelor’s; also M.S., Ph.D.

Geologic hazards and earth resources

Multidisciplinary projects

Public safety and conservation


Seismologists
Seismologists

  • Study earthquakes

  • Requires Bachelor’s; generally Ph.D.

  • Earthquake hazards and engineering

  • Multidisciplinary projects

  • Public safety


Problem of salary equity
Problem of Salary Equity

  • Salaries for earth scientist classes lag compared to equivalent classes outside and inside state government


Salary inequities at two levels
Salary Inequities at Two Levels

  • Outside State Government

    • Federal Government

    • Private Industry

  • Inside State Government

    • Engineering-Geologist Series



State senior geologist vs federal gs12
State (Senior Geologist) vs. Federal (GS12)

*Source: Federal OPM General Schedule




Senior geologist vs engineering geologist
Senior Geologist vs. Engineering Geologist

* Assumes 5.5% Increase on 7/1/06


Effects of salary inequity
Effects of Salary Inequity

  • Retention of Seismologists (loss of staff)

  • Recruitment of Seismologists (weak pool)

  • Recruitment of Earth Scientists (retirements)

  • Productivity (“psychic reward” reaches its limit)

    • Unequal pay for equal work (Senior Geologist)

    • Inverted pay (Senior Geologist < Journey EG)


Solution
Solution

  • Immediate salary parity between State earth-scientist classes and equivalent federal earth-scientist classes

  • Salary parity between Unit 10 earth- scientist classes and equivalent Unit 9 engineering-geologist classes


Justification for salary parity
Justification for Salary Parity

  • Equal pay for equal work

  • Improve long-term retention

  • Improve recruitment in future

  • Improve morale and thus productivity


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