A pay study commissioned by the city shows that nonunion workers overall are compensated within an acceptable range compared with workers in other Maine communities.

There were a few individual exceptions, according to the study done by Donald Tyler Jr., principal and executive vice president of Human Resources Partners, LLC. Tyler presented the report to Rockland city councilors April 21.

Overall, salaries were at 91 percent of the market. Tyler said salaries within 80 percent of the market were acceptable. Salaries that are in the low 80 percents or less should be looked at, he said.

Tyler said the study should be used only as a guideline. The study did not compare benefits provided to employees.

Only two salaries were less than the 80 percent mark – the salary of the recreation department director, who is paid $46,026 (75 percent of the market median), and the salary of the maintenance director of the recreation center, who is paid $27,370 (79 percent of the market median). The market median for the recreation director is $61,300, according to the study.

Only one salary was greater than 100 percent of the market median. The wastewater pollution control director was at 105 percent with a salary of $68,489. The market median was $65,300.

City Manager Rosemary Kulow said she would use the study to help her make decisions on pay for nonunion workers. The city manager sets the salaries for nonunion employees other than herself, the city clerk and the city attorney. Those three salaries are set by the City Council. Union pay is negotiated between the city and labor unions and must be ratified by employees and voted on by the council.

The communities that participated in the survey were Auburn, Bath, Belfast, Brewer, Brunswick, Ellsworth, Gardiner, Old Town, Orono, Topsham and Waterville. The Maine Municipal Association annual salary and benefit survey was also used.

The city manager’s pay in Rockland was at 86 percent of the market median. Rockland’s manager is paid $80,000 while the market median salary was $93,200.

The police chief’s pay was at 93 percent with a salary of $62,753 compared with the market median of $67,700.

The fire chief’s pay was at 89 percent with a salary of $59,383 compared with the market median of $67,700.

The director of public works’ pay was at 93 percent with a salary of $62,693 compared with the market median of $67,300.

The librarian’s salary was at 94 percent with a salary of $52,000 compared with the market median of $55,600.

The finance director’s salary was at 93 percent with a salary of $62,971 compared with the market median of $67,900.

The assessor’s pay was at 87 percent with a salary of $57,288 compared with the market median of $66,100.

The code enforcement officer’s pay was at 96 percent with a salary of $52,700 compared with the market median of $54,800.

The city attorney’s pay was at 88 percent with a salary of $67,000 compared with a market median of $75,800.

The solid waste director’s pay was at 90 percent with a salary of $59,225 compared with the market median of $65,500.

The community development director’s salary was at 90 percent with a salary of $58,461 compared with the market median of $65,200.

The city clerk’s salary was at 99 percent with a salary of $48,331.

The tax collector/treasurer’s salary was at 94 percent with a salary of $38,833. The market median is $41,400.

The city contracted with Human Resources Partners for $9,900. When then City Manager Tom Hall proposed the study in May 2008, he said he wanted to have an outside firm compare the pay of nonunion employees to other government workers and to private sector employees.