P&S Compensation Frequently Asked Questions
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Q1 What are pay grades?
  A pay grade is a designation attached to classified job titles. A salary range is assigned to each pay grade.

Q2 How many P&S pay grades are there?
  There are eight P&S pay grades. Click here to see the pay grade (salary) matrix.

Q3 What is a salary range?
  A salary range is a range of pay assigned to each pay grade. There is a minimum, a 1/4 (or first quartile),1/2 (second quartile/midpoint), 3/4 (third quartile), and a maximum rate. There is not a maximum for pay grade eight (8). Typically, employees are hired or promoted into the first quartile of the range and progress to higher salaries as they progress in their position over time.

Q4 How are P&S new hire salaries determined?
  The salary for P&S staff members joining the University normally will be established within the first quartile range of the pay grade in which the position is classified. Only when a candidate brings significant prior directly related training and experience to a position, or market conditions so dictate, may an entrance salary be granted above the first quartile of the position pay grade range. Such an exception requires the recommendation of the employing department head/director, or dean, if appropriate, and the approval of the division vice president, in consultation with HRS.

Q5 If I am promoted, will I receive a salary increase?
  The salary of a promoted staff member must equal at least the minimum salary for the pay grade of the new position. The new salary will be determined on the basis of many factors including, but not limited to the promoted employee’s prior training, experience relating directly to the new position assignment, the salaries of other personnel with comparable University service assigned to similar positions within the same pay grade, availability of funds, and like matters. Salary adjustments for promotions are generally effective as of the date of promotion.

Q6 How can I find out what my total compensation is when taking into account my salary and the value of my benefits?
  Click here to view instructions for printing your total compensation statement.

Q7 What is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?
  The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal labor law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. FLSA uses the terms exempt and non-exempt to describe work that is included (non-exempt) or not included (exempt) in the act’s overtime and record keeping provisions. The act requires that overtime (payment for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in one week) be paid to employees performing non-exempt work. The act exempts, or does not require, that overtime be paid to employees performing exempt work. Exempt/Non-Exempt status will be determined by Classification staff in HRS.




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Date Updated: May 1, 2013