INSIDE IOWA STATE
June 8, 2001
ISU leaders await final number for salary awards
by Anne Krapfl
The wait continues on salary news for the fiscal year that begins July
1. And while absolutes aren't absolute yet, interim President Richard
Seagrave said he believes salary increase averages will be in the 3 percent
to 4 percent range for P&S staff and faculty. Merit employees, including
confidential employees, will be paid according to their union's contract
with the State of Iowa: a 3 percent increase on July 1, plus step increases
on their employment anniversaries.
"There's enough money in that salary bill to award raises of that size
-- if we receive our share of the bill," he said. Two unknowns at this
time are how much of the salary and benefits increase dollars will be
earmarked for health benefit increases, and the state's estimate of how much
health care costs will rise in the next year. (Under terms of the union
contract, the university must pay 100 percent of insurance premium increases
for Merit employees.) University officials are waiting for final operating
budget and salary increase numbers from the Board of Regents, State of
Seagrave noted that individual salary increases are not final until the
regents approve them at their July meeting.
New P&S matrix
At their May meeting, the regents approved a new pay matrix for P&S
employees. Minimum salaries in each P level will go up 3 percent on July 1,
and maximum salaries in each P level will be raised 5 percent. Salary
increases may reach, but not exceed a pay grade maximum. Seagrave has asked
administrators to consider awarding a higher salary increase to P&S
employees in P levels 11-14, where "salary compression" is most
severe. Salary compression -- an overlap in salaries between related P&S
and Merit positions -- is a growing issue at all regents institutions,
Seagrave said. Several years of state-negotiated raises for Merit employees
that the university has been unable to match for professional employees has
added to the problem, he said.
Faculty and P&S staff whose job performance meets expectations should
receive increases of at least one-third of the expected average increase.
Salary increases of less than this require that employees receive a written
explanation of the decision.
Salary increases for promoted faculty
Promotion increases for faculty who were awarded promotions this spring
will be centrally funded. Administrators are told to ignore promotion
increases in distributing salary increase dollars among faculty. The
promotion increases this year are:
- to full professor, $2,400
- to associate professor, $2,100
- to assistant professor, $1,800.
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