Given that the state is not required to share actual salaries for union workers, it’s impossible to know the exact lineup. But the data provided to Civil Beat shows that the lowest paid employee in the state is almost certainly an Office Assistant I at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The pay for that job ranges from $21,948 to $33,756. (A single employee earning the a salary at the lowest end of the range would be eligible for federal nutrition assistance of up to $314 a month.)
There are four employees in the state’s second lowest pay range, which spans from $22,776 to $35,064. They work as Library Assistant IIs in the state library system.
Forty employees fall into the third lowest pay range, all Office Assistant IIs, who make from $23,688 to $35,516.
(These salaries are before the furloughs that went into effect for nearly all state workers on July 1. Those 24 days off will cost 9.23 percent of these salaries, meaning that the lowest salary could actually be $19,922.)
Of these 45 employees:
Four are in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Four are in the Department of Accounting and General Services
One is in the Department of Defense
One is in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Twenty-four are in the Department of Health
Two are in the Attorney General’s office
One is in the Budget and Finance Department
One is in the Department of Human Services
Two are in Department of Transportation
One is in the Department of Public Safety
Four work in libraries
Some 1,006 state workers fall into the bottom four salary ranges in the state, the vast majority of which are office assistants and library assistants.
Here is a breakdown of pay ranges and corresponding positions:
Office assistant I: $21,948 to $33,756
Office assistant II: $23,688 to $35,064
Pest Control Aid I, Social Service Aid II, Telephone Switchboard Operator II, Microphotographer II, Library Assistant III, Receptionist, * Engineering Aid I: $24,648 to $37,968
Clerk III, Customer Service Representative, UP Mobile Services Agent, Clerk Typist II, Office Assistant III, Data Entry Operator I, Account Clerk II, Laboratory Assistant II: $25,668 to $39,480
When all is said and done, the lowest salary the state can pay is nearly 13 times as little as the highest salary, $21,948 versus $280,500.