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Overview of UW Salary Increase Distribution Discussion and Staff Senate Response

Much discussion and consideration have been given to the issue of salary increases at the University of Wyoming.  The various proposals may leave you scratching your head--how much of a salary increase will UW employees receive, and is this based on a market adjustment or merit or both?

Staff Senate thought it prudent to survey the developments on this issue for our constituents -- including a letter from Staff Senate Pres. Logue on behalf of the Senate to President McGinity and other administrators -- to help you to better understand the answers to these questions.

Lots of figures have been bandied about, but the Trustees action on 3/28 sets the following policy for the distribution of salary increases:

"A salary distribution policy adopted by the Board of Trustees today (Friday) calls for $2.5 million of the Legislature’s $4.15 million appropriation to be used for a market pay adjustment -- equal to a roughly 1.7 percent increase to the base pay of most employees -- beginning July 1, 2014. Excluded from the adjustment will be employees whose performance is rated less than satisfactory; the president, vice presidents and college deans; contract employees earning more than $100,000; employees hired after June 30, 2013; and employees who have received other pay increases since that time.

The remaining $1.65 million appropriated for salaries by the Legislature, combined with the $1 million in tuition revenue for salaries, creates a $2.65 million pool for merit increases. That pool will be allocated to vice presidents to distribute to employees they supervise, upon approval of plans by McGinity.

Performance appraisals will factor into merit awards, although the plan recognizes that “the performance appraisal system has not been applied in detail to compensation for several years, and may require adjustments or additional supervisor training.” Not eligible for merit increases will be the president, vice presidents and college deans; and those whose performance is rated less than satisfactory."

Please recall that the Legislature did not approve additional state monies be directed at offsetting increases in retirement and insurance contributions; these contributions are scheduled to increase by ~0.45% of an employee's salary both this fiscal year and next.  The 1.7% base pay increase, taking into account the 0.375% in increased contributions, results in an approximately 1.25% actual increase in base pay for the current fiscal year.  (The employer contribution to retirement accounts is also increasing by 0.875%.) Distribution of salary increases for the next fiscal year has not been determined yet.  The distribution of merit pay for the current fiscal year is currently under review.

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