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Study: On average, City salaries 10% below market median

POSTED February 10, 2017 2:23 p.m.

In 2014, the Turlock City Council publicly committed to conducting a compensation study for all employees and bargaining groups who wanted to participate. Over two years later, the study is finally ready to be presented to the City Council.

The study, which the City Council is expected to accept at its Tuesday meeting, compares salaries of 65 City of Turlock job positions with 11 other agencies, including Modesto, Merced, Manteca, Livermore and Tracy.

The study found that on average, the City is 10.06 percent below the labor market median when calculating base salary and 2.82 percent above the labor market median when calculating total compensation. However, nonsworn classifications tend to be closer to or above the labor market while sworn classifications (like police officers) tend to be further behind the labor market.

The City’s fire and police departments have the most discrepancy between what the positions currently pay and the market median. A Fire Battalion Chief’s salary is 55.84 percent below market median and a Firefighter is 43.20 percent below median. A Senior Emergency Services Dispatcher is making 30.27 percent below the market median and Police Officer II positions are 23.79 percent below the median.

In other classification areas, City of Turlock salaries are also far below market median, including: Neighborhood Code Compliance Technician, which is 37.65 percent below the median, and Human Resources Analyst at 26.20 percent below median.

In other areas, the City is paying a significant amount above the market median, with a Finance Customer Service Supervisor making 30.13 percent above the market median, Legal Assistant at 28.13 percent above the median and Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor at 18.15 percent above the median.

The City Council is only expected to accept the Citywide Total Compensation Study from Cooperative Personnel Services HR Consulting on Tuesday and not take any further action at that time.

On Tuesday, the City Council is also expected to:

Recognize and honor City of Turlock employees celebrating five to 45 years of service during a special council meeting set for 5 p.m.;Recognize the 2016 Mayor’s Public Policy Award recipients, Nathan Straubinger and Logan Martinez;Appoint members to the City of Turlock Marketing and Branding Evaluation Panel; and Consider approving a request to close part of Broadway Avenue in downtown Turlock for the Salvation Army Kettle Dash on Feb. 25 and a request to close part of Johnson Road for the Turlock American Little League 2017 Opening Ceremonies on March 4.

The Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.

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