Annual Salary Increase Guidelines 2019-20

The total staff salary pool is set at 2.5% for 2019 with an additional $100,000 reserved for providing market adjustments. The increase pool is designed to provide an annual increase above the annual inflation rate of 1.9%. We will be mailing notification letters June 7th and new salaries will be effective July 1, 2019. Staff salary pool increases will be determined in two parts: a position in range increase (1.9% of the pool) and a merit increase (.6% of the pool), determined at the discretion of the supervisor or vice president. 

The first and primary portion of the salary increase decision is the position in range increase which accounts for 76% of the 2.5% salary increase pool. The Position in Range Increase Guidelines use an employee's position within market reference range to determine an appropriate increase. Where known performance concerns exist, employees will receive lower increases. Please remember that the total pool is 2.5%-most employees will receive increases close to 2.0% with higher increases distributed based on equity and performance factors.

2019-20 Position in Range Increase Guidelines-1.9% Pool
Market ZoneKnown Performance ConcernsPool Increase
Entry: 0-33% 1.0% 2.15%
Mid: 33.1%-66% .75% 2.0%
Premium: 66.1%-100% .5% 1.8%
Above Max: 100.1% 0% 1.6%

*Individuals hired after July 1 of the current fiscal year will receive a prorated increase due to reduced tenure in position

The second portion of salary increase decisions is the merit pool of .6%. Merit funding is designed to reward strong annual performance (employees with known performance concerns are ineligible). Managers have the flexibility to determine appropriate distribution of the merit increase pool, as long as the departmental salary budget remains within established budget parameters.

The $100,000 reserved for market adjustments is distributed using a priority order approved by the President's Council in 2010. Ranges were moved 2.2% this year in response to overall market movement. Employees will automatically be brought to the minimum of their market reference range if their current pay falls below the new range minimum. The remainder of the adjustment funds are distributed with the intention of moving employee pay to the appropriate position in range based on experience and performance. Employees receiving market adjustments are also eligible for salary pool increases as outlined in the guidelines above.