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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



Study Earth materials and processes

Requires Bachelor’s; also M.S., Ph.D.

Geologic hazards and earth resources

Multidisciplinary projects

Public safety and conservation

  • 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)
  • 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