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  1. Earth Scientist CAPS/State Bargaining Meeting Salary Equity May 18, 2006

  2. “That is your annual salary? I had no idea. I’m sorry.” -Federal geologist to state geologist on budgeting for collaborative project

  3. Series Represented • Geologist • Geochemist • Geophysicist • Meteorologist • Oceanographer • Petroleum Geologist • Seismologist Currently about one dozen staff in State service t

  4. 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

  5. Seismologists • Study earthquakes • Requires Bachelor’s; generally Ph.D. • Earthquake hazards and engineering • Multidisciplinary projects • Public safety

  6. Problem of Salary Equity • Salaries for earth scientist classes lag compared to equivalent classes outside and inside state government

  7. Salary Inequities at Two Levels • Outside State Government • Federal Government • Private Industry • Inside State Government • Engineering-Geologist Series

  8. 2006 CAPS/DPA Salary Survey

  9. State (Senior Geologist) vs. Federal (GS12) *Source: Federal OPM General Schedule

  10. State (Petroleum Geologist) vs. Private (6-9 yrs) *Source: AAPG 2005 Survey

  11. Senior Geologist/Oceanographer vs. SEG

  12. Senior Geologist vs. Engineering Geologist * Assumes 5.5% Increase on 7/1/06

  13. 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)

  14. 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

  15. Justification for Salary Parity • Equal pay for equal work • Improve long-term retention • Improve recruitment in future • Improve morale and thus productivity