Corrected after the jump: Our faulty math. We initially calculated loss-per-paycheck based on 24 paychecks a year. (Forgive us for being Legal Pad-centric ... we get paid twice a month here.) Actually, the city generally pays out every two weeks, or 26 times a year. We've crossed out the erroneous per-paycheck numbers and filled in better ones.
San Francisco government lawyers are voting today and tomorrow on a proposed 2 percent pay cut that could make a small dent in the city’s budget deficit. Cal Law has a story up today analyzing the pros and cons.
The pay cut could save the city between $1.8 and $2 million, but Legal Pad thought it might be useful to figure out what the real effect would be on lawyers’ paychecks.
The bite, after the jump.
Most of those who belong to San Francisco’s Municipal Attorneys Association are designated “8177 – Attorney (Civil/Criminal),” and their pay depends on where they are in the 16-step hierarchy that applies to that class.
For a new attorney earning $98,514 a year, the 2 percent pay cut would mean a drop of $1,970.28, or
$82 $75.78 per paycheck. The most senior attorney in the class, earning $172,588 a year, would see their paycheck deflate by $143.82 $132.76. Their pay schedule is posted on the city’s Web site.
The MAA, which encompasses the district attorney, city attorney and public defender’s office, also represents other classes of attorneys operating on different pay scales. A top earner in the DA’s office, Jeffrey Ross (an “Assistant Chief Attorney II”), who pulls in a $196,363 salary according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top Earners” database, would lose
$163 $151.05 per paycheck. In the public defender’s office, second-in-command Teresa Caffese (a “Chief Attorney I”) would lose $165 $152.53 per paycheck, and in the city attorney’s office, long-timer (.pdf) Burk Delventhal (another Chief Attorney I) would lose $166 $153.41.
We’ll keep you updated on the voting results. (The results are in: See our June 11 blog post.)
— Evan Hill