Spot Awards

Spot Awards are designed to recognize special contributions, as they occur, for a specific project or task. Spot Awards are generally for a special contribution accomplished over a relatively short time period. A Spot Award lets employees know that someone has noticed their noteworthy contribution. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at UC Berkeley. The award funds may not be supplemented by department, division, or college funds....

FLSA Determination

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed an overtime rule increasing the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees to $913 per week (approximately $47,476 per year.) This proposed increase was challenged in court and eventually enjoined by a federal judge who issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the U.S. DOL’s rule and employers were no longer...



The objective of the Berkeley campus compensation program is to establish salary rates comparable to the market and assist campus managers with salary decisions that help recruit, retain, and motivate highly qualified employees.

This section provides resources to help employees learn more about Compensation and the services we provide.


Recognition & Non-Cash Awards

Non-Cash Awards

Departments can recognize specific contributions to the departmental mission or strategic plan via Non-Cash Awards (non-cash, up to $75 in value).

Non Cash Awards (under Definition & Criteria)

Recognition Awards (non-cash, up to $75 in value) are for specific contributions to the departmental mission or strategic plan. Recognition Awards are in the form of non-negotiable gift cards, certificates, plaques, or a range of pre-selected items of limited monetary value. Non-cash awards are...

Nomination Form

Nominations for STAR Plan awards (Spot Awards only) should be submitted using the Berkeley STAR Plan Nomination form:

STAR Plan Nomination Form

Salary Program FY20

It is important that we continue to invest in our staff who provide essential support to the academic mission of the university. Therefore, this year’s Salary Program will be based on merit, internal equity, and the external market. Consistent with the directive from the UC Office of the President, responding to feedback from the staff, across-the-board increases are not permitted.

As part of their annual budget planning, units will provide funding in an amount equivalent to 3% of the total compensation of eligible non-represented staff....

Salary and Pay


Supplemental Guidelines

In addition to the job standards for represented and non-represented positions, there are supplemental guidelines for:

Library Assistant positions