Salary Placement Guidelines

The Salary Placement Guidelines are intended to provide managers with the framework they need to establish and maintain fair and equitable salaries in managing the work force.

These guidelines apply to new hire, promotional, reclassification, stipend, equity, and merit increase salary actions. These are guidelines only and do not take the place of University policy or campus procedures.

These Salary Placement Guidelines apply to the broad salary ranges, which do not have steps and which allow managers to appoint employees at a specific whole dollar amount.

  • First Quartile (from the minimum up to halfway to the midpoint of the range): The first quartile of the range is usually intended for individuals who are new to the grade, are in a learning situation, and/or do not have substantial experience in the new position.
  • Second Quartile: The second quartile of the range is intended for employees who have gained experience and skill and who are becoming more proficient in the position for which they were hired. They generally meet expectations in their positions.
  • Midpoint: The midpoint usually represents the market rate for this position, and represented fully experienced employee at that level.
  • Third Quartile: The third quartile is typically reserved for experienced employees who frequently exceed expectations.
  • Fourth Quartile: The fourth quartile of the range is normally reserved for individuals who are consistently exceptional performers and who have extensive experience.