Flagler County government salaries in trades, fire rescue and support positions trail pay at other government entities
Many Flagler County government employees are significantly underpaid relative to their peers in other comparable counties and cities in Florida, a salary survey commissioned by the Flagler County government revealed.
The study looked at cost-of-living-adjusted take-home pay for 53 representative positions in Flagler County and in another 18 cities and counties in the state of Florida, and it determined that 14 of those positions in Flagler County pay 15% less than the average cost-of-living-adjusted take-home pay in the other 18 jurisdictions.
On average, Ling said, the county falls behind its peers at the range minimum, midpoint and maximum salary ranges, but the gap most significantly impacts positions in the trades, fire and rescue, and other support classifications.
"On average, if I come to work for Flagler County, I start off on average lower than what I would in one of your peers; over the course of my career if I reach midpoint, I would on average be lower than where I would be in one of the peers as well, or most of the peers; and if I reach maximum over the course of that career, I would on average fall behind where I would be in one of those other jurisdictions," Ling said.
Ling recommended that the county adopt a step-based compensation plan with 2% increases between steps and adjust the starting pay for each pay grade to account for the market gap, including by bumping the county's lowest-paid employees from $9.72 to $12 an hour, adjusting the pay grade assignments of all 82 job classifications and then transitioning employee salaries onto the new step plan.
A 3% increase is already planned for the coming year's budget, and other salary adjustments are planned for the following two years, said Joe Mayer, the county's Community Services director.