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Current Issue: June 2, 2003
Volume 38, Number 21

Human Resources

Annual salary raises for UNM staff has two components

By Susan A. Carkeek, Associate Vice President/ Director Human Resources

Staff salary increases will take effect on July 1, 2003. Below is a brief explanation of how these increases will be determined.

Annual raises will be comprised of two components. The first component is a flat rate amount that will be added to an employee’s base salary to help offset the increase in the cost of living. For all full-time staff, this increase is $350. This amount will be pro-rated for part-time employees. The second component is a percentage increase that will be decided by the employee’s department. This amount can range from a minimum of zero percent up to a maximum of 5 percent based on such factors as merit, market, correction of inequities, and departmental resources. The average budget allocated to fund this second component is 2 percent.

Staff will receive an individual salary profile from their supervisor or manager in late May. This profile will illustrate your specific situation and how your salary increase was determined. Your supervisor should be able to help you understand your individual salary profile. The increases described here do not affect employees who are covered by collective bargaining. For staff in a bargaining unit, raises are determined through union negotiations. We are hopeful that negotiations will be completed by early to mid June.

In order to remain competitive within the overall job market, the University of New Mexico recently underwent a market study. As a result of this study, the entire Staff Salary Schedule will be increased approximately 3 percent, placing staff positions in a more competitive market position. However, based on the market study, it was determined that some job titles had fallen behind the market more than 3 percent. These job titles, 250 in all, will be moved up a grade.

The changes to the Staff Salary Schedule have also resulted in a new minimum and maximum salary for each pay range. This increase will cause some individual salaries to fall below the new minimum for a particular range. The individuals in this situation will have their salaries automatically raised up to the new minimum amount. Those individuals whose salaries are currently over the maximum of a pay range will have the amount that exceeds the old maximum rolled back into their base salary making a lump sum payment no longer necessary.

The new salary structure along with the list of job titles to be upgraded can be found at the Human Resources Web site at www.unm.edu/~hravp. More information about the salary increase process can be found at www.unm.edu/~comp.

If you have further questions, please contact the Compensation Department at 277-5128.