Compensation and Classification

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Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
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Jobs and Pay Levels

Browse a list of P&S classifications organized by pay levels.

Review Pay Levels

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Pay Level Evaluation Criteria

Learn about the five job attributes that utilized for evaluating classification pay levels.

The five evaluation criteria

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Job Attribute Profiles

View the five job attributes by pay level.

Attributes by Pay Level


Benchmark Jobs

See what jobs are used as benchmarks for collecting market data.

benchmark jobs

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Market Data Sources

Learn about the surveys we use to collect market data.

MArket data sources

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Annual Classification Review Process

Discover the process of reviewing classifications.

Classification review

How to Find Your Salary and Pay Level

  1. Log into Employee Self Service, click the My Career tile/link, and click My ePersonnel File
  2. Identify the two digit P&S Pay Level code for your classification.  (This code will be a number followed by either the letters A or B, such as 3A).
  3. Select the link below your pay code to take you to your pay structure in the compensation plan.  Use your code to find the market range and median zone for your job classification.

Compensation Plan

Effective July 1, 2022

The university compensation plan is refreshed each year following an analysis of the most recent market data. Salary survey data is drawn from different geographical markets and business sectors for benchmark jobs to determine whether a change needs to be made in any market range and median zone in order to remain competitive for the recruitment and retention of university staff. Market data for seventy additional benchmark jobs were utilized in the most current analysis, with all benchmark jobs representing approximately 75 percent of the Professional and Scientific staff.

Because salary markets for the variety of university jobs will change at different rates, the changes resulting from the annual survey analysis will also vary between levels and pay structures. For the pay structures effective July 1, 2022, the changes in the market ranges and median zones range from 1.33-3.92 percent from the previous structures. 

Individual salary decisions are based upon job performance and salary position in relation to the latest market range and median zone information. Variations in responsibility, performance, funding, and job specific market conditions should also be reflected appropriately in future salary decisions.

Glossary of Compensation Related Terms

The five job attributes that the university has identified to evaluate each university job classification for determining the appropriate compensation. The five evaluation criteria are knowledge and skills, judgment, breadth and scope of the role, impact and accountability and communication.

A system that describes the typical job classification attributes associated with each of nine pay levels. These typical attributes make up the five university evaluation criteria. The level profile is used to determine the internal job relationships for purposes of compensation through an examination of each job classification’s key areas of responsibility in relation to the evaluation criteria.

Using the evaluation criteria, each job classification is assigned to one of nine pay levels based on the best fit of the job classification’s key areas of responsibility with the job factor attributes described in the level profile.

Representative job classifications that are used to build the compensation plan and pay structures. Benchmarks are jobs that are common in the labor market with a clear and consistent definition, are generally populated by a significant number of individuals both within the university and the external market, and for which reliable data is available from the market the university typically recruits from for that job classification. 

Data taken from highly regarded and well established sources representing the different geographical markets, business sectors, and when relevant, internal market comparisons. Salary market data reflects where the university typically competes to recruit and retain staff in the benchmark jobs.

Market ranges are based on salary market data for representative job classifications (benchmark jobs) within each pay level and structure, and define the minimum and maximum salary rates for a job.

Each median zone represents the central portion of a market range containing the majority of the midpoints (median) of the market data collected on benchmark jobs. The median zone serves a reference point for paying market competitive salaries.

Each of two sets of market ranges that represent the salary market rates of benchmark jobs for pay levels 2-8.

The series of pay levels, market ranges, and median zones within which all job classifications are assigned for purposes of salary administration. The compensation plan recognizes internal job relationships and market pay differences among job classifications.