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Salary Increases: Market Adjustment vs. Merit Pay  

With the state legislature's allocation ($4.15 million) and increases in tuition revenue ($1 million), $5.15 million is available for salary increases at UW this fiscal year.

Many UW staff members have asked Staff Senate representatives how these salary increases will be allocated for their July paychecks, as a lot of numbers and percentages have been thrown around over the last several months. 

Here is the bottom line:

  • Roughly 48% of the available salary increase monies were set aside for a market adjustment for all eligible employees (select administrative personnel and underperforming employees are ineligible).

  • All eligible employees will receive a 1.44% market adjustment to their annual salary beginning July 1. 

  • Roughly 52% of the salary increase monies were set aside for merit-based salary increases. The merit portion has been disbursed proportionately to UW divisions relative to their salary base.  Deans, department chairs, and individual supervisors are making recommendations about how merit pay is to be distributed based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, employee evaluations.  These recommendations are to be approved by the administration.

  • As merit pay increases are unlikely to be distributed equally among all employees, we will not present an average percentage increase here, which does not account for differences in allocation.

  • Increases in Employer Paid Benefits (EPB) are to be taken from the salary increase monies provided by the state legislature.

  • UW will increase its EPB contribution for employees by 0.875% beginning July 1.

  • Employees will also begin contributing an additional 0.375% to retirement/health benefits as of July 1.

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UW Staff Senate

Merica Hall, Room 320

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3413

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5300


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