PPM Section 4 -
Pay structure and new hire starting pay rates
The Staff Compensation System covers all professional, administrative, clerical and technical
staff members. It does not include bargaining-unit employees, employees hired by contract, researchers,
executive officials, senior administrative officers, or students.
The current pay structure contains 13 pay grades, numbered 10 through 22. Each grade has a
minimum and maximum pay rate, and is divided into three pay ranges:
- Lower range pay is between the minimum pay and the mid-range and is appropriate for
employees in the learning and development phase of their jobs; this range is typically for
employees new to a position and whose competencies are not yet fully developed. Entry level
pay falls in this range.
- Mid-range pay is appropriate for employees who are fully proficient in their jobs.
This is the target market-based pay for employees who are fully competent, possess the full
skill set necessary to perform their job well, meet job expectations, and consistently demonstrate
skills needed and fulfill responsibilities and duties.
- Upper range pay is appropriate for employees who serve as role models, exhibiting
an exceptional skill set and consistently exceeding all job expectations. These employees
exemplify the best way of doing their job, go the "extra mile," share their knowledge,
and leverage their strengths to benefit the University.
The current pay structure can be found
on the Human Resources Web site.
New hire starting pay rates
New employees should be hired at a pay rate between the grade minimum and the lower end of
the pay grade's midrange. Starting rates in the mid-range or upper third of the range must be
reviewed by Human Resource Services before the department makes an offer to the applicant. Prior
approval of the appropriate vice president is required for starting rates in the upper third of