Annual Standard Hours

The number of annual standard hours varies for different employee groups. Professional and Scientific (P&S) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) employees have a basis of 2080 standard hours in each fiscal year. This number remains consistent regardless of the number of actual working days in a year.

The annual number of standard hours used to calculate salaries for Merit employees are based on the collective bargaining agreement between the State of Iowa and the AFSCME Union. Merit non-bargaining employee hours are the same as those in the bargaining unit. Merit wages are calculated by multiplying the hourly rate by the number of standard hours in a calendar year. Fluctuations in the number of hours may cause confusion when calculating actual percentage increases for employees. Here is a history of the standard hours used each year since 1997-1998:

AFSCME Standard Hours

Current Year

  • Calendar year 2018: 2088

Future Years

  • Calendar year 2019: 2088
  • Calendar year 2020: 2096

Prior Years

  • Calendar year 2017: 2080
  • Calendar year 2016: 2088
  • Calendar year 2015: 2088
  • Calendar year 2014: 2088
  • Calendar year 2013: 2088
  • Calendar year 2012: 2088
  • Calendar year 2011: 2080
  • Calendar year 2010: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2009-10: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2008-09: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2007-08: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2006-07: 2080
  • Fiscal year 2005-06: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2004-05: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2003-04: 2096
  • Fiscal year 2002-03: 2088
  • Fiscal year 2001-02: 2080
  • Fiscal year 2000-01: 2080
  • Fiscal year 1999-00: 2096
  • Fiscal year 1998-99: 2088
  • Fiscal year 1997-98: 2088

If you have any questions concerning merit salaries, please email comp-class@uiowa.edu.