Pay Plans Directory

Compensation and Classification

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The University of Iowa
121 University Services Bldg.
Ste. 11
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911

Frequently Asked Questions

The market range represents the typical distribution of salaries paid for similar jobs in the same pay level and structure, based upon data collected on benchmark jobs.

The median zone represents the median values or midpoints of the salary market data collected on benchmark jobs in the same pay level and structure.  They do not represent the full range of possible salaries, but instead, serve as a point of reference for determining individual salary rates.  

The University evaluation criteria were used to place jobs into pay levels based upon their key areas of responsibility.  In this way, jobs with similar levels of responsibility would be grouped together when determining pay.  However, the market data for all jobs in a level was not the same.  In order to define a median zone that was specific enough to guide salary decisions, we identified jobs whose market data stood apart from the others, and set up Structure A to cover the majority of positions, and Structure B for those whose market data indicated the need for a higher median zone and market range.