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Forensic Scientist - Toxicologist Salary Negotiation Presentation Dan Coleman & Ron Kitagawa California Department of Justice Today You Will Learn: What a Forensic Scientist – Toxicologist (FST) is and what one does How our duties and compensation compare to the other analysts in our Bureau

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Forensic Scientist - ToxicologistSalary Negotiation PresentationDan Coleman & Ron KitagawaCalifornia Department of Justice


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Today You Will Learn:

  • What a Forensic Scientist – Toxicologist (FST) is and what one does

  • How our duties and compensation compare to the other analysts in our Bureau

  • How our salaries compare to other local toxicologists


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CAPS/MANAGEMENT 2006 SALARY SURVEY RESULTS

Chemist, Range C - 20.2% Salary Lag

University of California LLL $10,800

University of California-SF $ 7,816

University of California-Davis $ 7,149

L.A Metro. Water District $ 6,932

East Bay Municipal Utilities $ 6,907

University of California-Irvine $ 6,647

Alameda County General $ 6,539

Federal Government SF Bay $ 6,439

University of California-LA $ 6,365

City of San Jose $ 6,360

SF City/County $ 6,186

Federal Govm't LA Area $ 6,164

San Bernardino County Gen'l $ 6,044

University of California-SD $ 5,949

San Diego County $ 5,923

Federal Government Sac $ 5,900

City of Los Angeles $ 5,808

City of Sacramento $ 5,438

City of San Diego $ 5,253

Santa Clara County $ 5,208

State of California $ 5,110

Orange County $ 5,087

City of Riverside $ 4,967

Sacramento County $ 4,691

Los Angeles County $ 4,577

City of Fresno $ 4,370


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What is a Forensic Toxicologist?

  • Glamour

  • Intrigue

  • Rock’n’Roll Lifestyle

  • Beautiful People


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Our Job is Science:

We use validated chemical methods for the isolation and identification of drugs in biological fluids.


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Our Job is Public Safety: We are routinely consulted by prosecutors regarding the merits of cases, and called to testify on behalf of both prosecution and defense, appearing in court to explain our results


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Organization

  • State of California

  • Office of the Attorney General

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)

  • Division of Law Enforcement (DLE)

  • Bureau of Forensic Services (BFS)

  • Toxicology Unit


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BFS Service Area

  • Toxicology handles all counties DOJ serves

  • Toxicology additionally serves Sacramento County and the San Diego Police

  • Agencies include Sheriff, Police, and CHP

  • Includes Federal Parks and University Police


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Bureau of Forensic Services

  • Criminalist

  • Latent Print Analyst

  • Questioned Document Examiner

  • Forensic Scientist - Toxicologist


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Criminalist

  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Duties



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Senior Criminalist vs. FST III

Bachelor’s w/chem

4

Same

Same

Scientific Methods

Include Toxicology

Same

Toxicology

$6018/mo.

2.5% @ 55

No

$5508/mo.

2% @ 55

Yes


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Senior Criminalist vs. FST III

$6018/mo.

$6318/mo.

$5508/mo.

??

14.7%

$0

-

$341.50/mo.

$4738.50/mo.

43%

$3304.80/mo.

(+ Social Sec.?)

-


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Recruitment and Retention


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Salary data taken from websites of listed agency. Values represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.


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Sac County vs. BFS Toxicologist represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.

Bachelor’s w/chem

6

Same

4

Scientific Methods

Include Toxicology

Same

Toxicology

$6500/mo.

3% @ 50

Yes

$5508/mo.

2% @ 55

Yes


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Sac County vs. BFS Toxicologist represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.

$6500/mo.

18%

$5508/mo.

-

$5850/mo.

(+Social Sec.?)

77%

$3304.80/mo.

(+ Social Sec.?)

-

$30,542

Ouch!!


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Sac County & Contra Costa vs. BFS represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.

$7208/mo.

31%

$6500/mo.

18%

$5508/mo.

-

$4324.80/mo.

(+Social Sec.?)

31%

$5850/mo.

(+Social Sec.?)

77%

$3304.80/mo.

(+ Social Sec.?)

-

Double Ouch!!

$12,240

$30,542


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Problem represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.?

  • Low Pay for FST Class

  • Inferior Retirement for FST Class

  • Like Pay for Like Work

  • Recruitment and Retention

  • Morale


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Solution? represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.

  • Compensation

    • Equal to (Greater than?) Local Agencies

    • Immediate 18% Salary Increase

  • Retirement

    • Equal Benefits or Offer Adjustment


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