Washington State University
BUSINESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

PERSONNEL
60.12
Revised 10-14
Human Resource Services
335-4521

Administrative Professional Salary Determination and Adjustment

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POLICY

Human Resource Services (HRS) administers the procedures for administrative professional (AP) salary determinations and adjustments. To ensure that all salary decisions throughout the WSU system are consistent, HRS at WSU Pullman provides overall direction for all salary determinations and adjustments systemwide.

Eligibility

This salary determination and adjustment procedure applies to salaries for all administrative professional (AP) employees.

Exceptions

The appropriate vice president, chancellor, or dean must submit any request for exception to this policy in writing and/or through the Online Position Description and Recruitment System (OPDRS) to HRS and clearly state the rationale for requesting the exception. HRS reviews the request and forwards justification for a recommendation regarding the request to the President or Provost. The President or the Provost and Executive Vice President may affirm or modify HRS' determination.

NEW EMPLOYEES

New employees are typically hired at a salary rate from the minimum to the average of the salary range. In consultation with HRS, hiring departments should consider the applicant's qualifications and experience when determining a starting salary.

HRS must review and approve a proposed starting salary rate above the average of the salary range prior to the department making an offer to the applicant. Salary rates at or below the average of the salary range do not require additional review by HRS.

CURRENT EMPLOYEES

Promotions

A promotion occurs when an existing AP employee is appointed through an open recruitment or reallocated to a position in a higher salary range. Promotional salary rate adjustments are applied as follows, based on the employee's salary rate prior to promotion:

Reallocation

Open Recruitment

Lateral Moves

Generally, an employee does not receive a salary adjustment when moving to another position with a comparable salary range. The department may contact HRS to discussa possible exception based on a unique job or on employee qualifications prior to making an offer to the employee. HRS considers the operational size of the unit and scope of duties as well as other factors when determining the appropriate salary.

Voluntary Demotions

If an employee voluntarily moves to another position with a lower salary range, the employee's salary rate is governed by the new salary range. Departments are to contact HRS to determine the appropriate salary prior to making an offer to the employee.

Acting or Interim Appointments--Temporary Base Salary Increases

Occasionally, employees are expected to assume some of the duties associated with a vacant position. However, it is only when an employee is appointed as "acting" or "interim" that a base salary adjustment may occur.

Executive-Level Appointments

The President or the Provost and Executive Vice President must authorize executive-level acting or interim AP appointments with the following titles:

See also 60.17.

Stipends

Temporary compensation in the form of a stipend to increase a salary may be appropriate when:

Executive-Level Appointments

The President or the Provost and Executive Vice President must authorize executive level appointments that include temporary stipends. See also 60.17.

Mass Salary Increases (MSI)

Salary increases for AP employees are not automatically provided. WSU awards general salary increases to administrative professional (AP) employees as part of the University-wide mass salary increase (MSI) process when funds are allocated by the Legislature and/or the University. Mass salary increases are merit based and/or are used to make internal salary equity adjustments.

All MSI increases must receive prior review and approval from HRS and the responsible executive officer, e.g., vice president, chancellor, or dean or, as appropriate, the Athletic Director.

MSI increases involving executive-level positions must also receive prior review and approval from the President or the Provost and Executive Vice President.

The responsible area executive officer must submit written justification to HRS for any MSI increase of ten percent or more. MSI increases of ten percent or more must also receive prior review from the Budget Office.

The Budget Office provides guidance on the MSI process each year. For positions supported by sponsored programs, refer also to the information below.

Out-of-Cycle Salary Adjustments

Under certain circumstances, "out-of-cycle" salary increases may be appropriate. Out-of-cycle salary determinations must be requested by the departmental appointing authority and approved by HRS for compelling reasons only, such as:

Request Process

To request an out-of-cycle salary adjustment, follow the AP classification/reclassification procedure in 60.02.

If the request is for retention, extraordinary merit, or internal or external equity and/or market conditions, the appointing authority submits a request through OPDRS.

OPDRS Documentation

The personnel administrator or appointing authority submits justification through OPDRS including:

Complete and/or print the organization chart template on 60.02.12 or independently create a chart as needed

To access the OPDRS, go to:

http://www.wsujobs.com/hr/

Approval

HRS makes the final decision to approve or deny the out-of-cycle increase request. EXCEPTION: If the request is for an out-of-cycle increase for an executive-level position, the President or the Provost and Executive Vice President makes the final decision and must provide authorization to HRS.

Position Action/PRR

The requesting college/department must submit a signed Position Action/PRR form to HRS Position Control; French 139, mail code 1014, to complete the request process.

Sponsored Program (Grant) Funded

A formal review and analysis by HRS is not required for sponsored program (e.g., grant) cycle variations, such as funding fluctuations and/or changes in grant requirements, unless the adjustment is for more than ten percent. Whenever possible, these increases should be set at the same time as part of the University-wide mass salary increase process. (See above.)

HRS Process

HRS performs a salary analysis, using methods such as: University-wide, local, regional, CUPA (College and University Personnel Association) comparisons; and/or peer reviews; etc. HRS may meet with the appropriate college/department representatives and the incumbent.

HRS administers all official salary surveys used to make University compensation decisions.

Decision

HRS provides notification through the OPDRS to the requesting appointing authority regarding whether the request is or is not approved.

EMPLOYEE-REQUESTED SALARY REVIEW

Any administrative professional employee may request a salary review of his or her own position. (See also 60.02.) To initiate such a review the employee must provide HRS and her or his immediate supervisor with the following:

Complete and/or print the organization chart template on 60.02.12 or independently create a chart as needed.

HRS Process

HRS performs a position review/analysis, a position audit, and/or a salary review, as described above. The review may or may not result in a title/title code change and a different salary range.

Upon completion of the review, HRS provides a written summary to the employee and the appointing authority. The appointing authority is to provide a written response to HRS and the requesting employee within 30 days of receiving the analysis from HRS.

If HRS determines that there should be a title/title code change and a different salary range, the appointing authority in collaboration with HRS makes the final decision on the salary for the position. The approved salary must be within the range recommended by HRS.