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Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

What state workers earn: California Highway Patrol officers

06/20/2014 11:28 AM

10/08/2014 12:05 PM

Around this time every year, state human resources officials and representatives get together to talk about CHP officers’ pay. They don’t bargain like other unions, however, since salaries for members of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen are set by formula.

The administration and the union haggle over how to interpret the data that by law sets members’ pay by a survey of salaries for cops in five large California law enforcement departments. In times past, the discussions have also moved some money that could go for officers’ salary increases into retiree health benefits. Still, the union’s members as a group remain among the highest-paid in the state workforce.

This is the fourth in a series of State Worker blog posts looking at what unionized state employees earned last year. The numbers feeding the series come from the state controller's payroll database. The figures include only regular pay issued to full-time employees represented by the 21 bargaining units that negotiate contracts with the state. University of California and California State University employee earnings are not included in these figures. Employees who earned less than $1,000 last year are not included in the calculations.

We also are including data from 2011 and 2012 statistics for purposes of comparison. During the three-year span these numbers cover, officers were on a one-day-per-month furlough from July 2012 through June 2013. Keep that in mind as you review the statistics:

Highway Patrol officers (California Association of Highway Patrolmen, Unit 5)

Number of employees in 2013: 6,514

2013 average full-time pay: $90,094

2013 median full-time pay: $95,197

Number of employees in 2012: 6,733

2012 average pay: $86,637

2012 median pay: $94,119

Number of employees in 2011: 6,500

2011 average pay: $90,683

2011 median pay: $94,045

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at or 916-321-1043. Twitter: @TheStateWorker.


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