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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

today you will learn
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

what is a forensic toxicologist
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

organization
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
bfs service area
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
bureau of forensic services
Bureau of Forensic Services
  • Criminalist
  • Latent Print Analyst
  • Questioned Document Examiner
  • Forensic Scientist - Toxicologist
criminalist
Criminalist
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Duties
senior criminalist vs fst iii
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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Salary data taken from websites of listed agency. Values represent the maximum salary for the highest journey position.

sac county vs bfs toxicologist
Sac County vs. BFS Toxicologist

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

$6500/mo.

18%

$5508/mo.

-

$5850/mo.

(+Social Sec.?)

77%

$3304.80/mo.

(+ Social Sec.?)

-

$30,542

Ouch!!

sac county contra costa vs bfs
Sac County & Contra Costa vs. BFS

$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

problem
Problem?
  • Low Pay for FST Class
  • Inferior Retirement for FST Class
  • Like Pay for Like Work
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Morale
solution
Solution?
  • Compensation
    • Equal to (Greater than?) Local Agencies
    • Immediate 18% Salary Increase
  • Retirement
    • Equal Benefits or Offer Adjustment