Compensation and Benefits

With OT Plentiful, Some State Disability Workers Will Reach Nearly $250,000 In Pay

With OT Plentiful, Some State Disability Workers Will Reach Nearly $250,000 In Pay

As budget cuts further threaten essential services, overtime at state institutions serving the intellectually disabled remains in the stratosphere, with some direct-care workers with base salaries under $60,000 on track to earn almost a quarter-million dollars this year.

Through half the year, 37 employees of the Department of Developmental Services had already earned more than $50,000 in overtime alone. Most are developmental service workers, who provide direct care to residents of institutions and state-run group homes.

In contrast, workers at private agencies with state contracts, who serve 90 percent of the state's intellectually disabled population, haven't had a raise in...

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