Salary Structure FAQs

  • Employees who are paid below the minimum of their job’s pay range may be eligible for a raise to minimum based on their university’s policies.
  • Your pay placement within the pay range is based on factors like the rate at which you were hired, experience, skills, relevant education & certifications, quality of work, compensation management practices, and available funds. Most employees will earn somewhere between the minimum and the midpoint of the range of pay assigned to a job. 

Maximum: the highest rate of pay for the job title

  • Employees who are paid at, or above, the maximum of their job’s salary range may remain eligible for lump sum payments.
  • They will generally not be eligible for base-building salary increases until the top of the pay range increases above their current salary.

Your pay placement within the pay range is based on factors like the rate at which you were hired, experience, skills, relevant education & certifications, quality of work, compensation management practices, and available funds. Most employees will earn somewhere between the minimum and the midpoint of the range of pay assigned to a job. 

  • No, each job title in the library is matched with one pay grade and pay range that is evaluated and assigned by compensation professionals based on market data using best practice market pricing methods.
  • The only thing that can be appealed is if there is a better fit job title in the job title library.

You can get a pay increase with the pay tools that exist today. These include:

  • Pay Plan – Increase approved by Joint Committee on Finance for state employees
  • Performance – Recognizes exceptional performance
  • Parity – Maintains salary relationships for same classifications/titles
  • Equity – Address salary differences relative to protected statuses (e.g., gender, race, age)
  • Market – Address significant market issues in a job-specific industry
  • Retention/Bonus – One-time payment lump sum payment

Here is a learning resource about pay progression.

How to Find Your Salary Grade

Click to View Pay Grades and Ranges

System Administration - Comprehensive (CMP)

GRADES 15-35

These pay grades provide the salary structure for most of the Academic Staff, Limited Appointee, and University Staff employees.

Pay GradeMinimum (12mo)Midpoint (12mo)Maximum (12mo) Pay     Grade

Minimum  (9mo)

Midpoint (9mo)

Maximum (9mo)
15$28,100$43,050$58,000 15$22,991$35,223$47,455
16$28,100$45,400$62,700 16$22,991$37,145$51,300
17$30,000$48,850$67,700 17$24,545$39,968$55,391
18$32,000$52,600$73,200 18$26,182$43,036$59,891
19$34,600$56,800$79,000 19$28,309$46,473$64,636
20$37,300$61,350$85,400 20$30,518$50,195$69,873
21$40,200$66,250$92,300 21$32,891$54,205$75,518
22$43,500$71,600$99,700 22$35,591$58,582$81,573
23$47,000$77,300$107,600 23$38,455$63,245$88,036
24$51,700$85,050$118,400 24$42,300$69,586$96,873
25$56,800$93,550$130,300 25$46,473$76,541$106,609
26$62,500$102,900$143,300 26$51,136$84,191$117,245
27$68,800$113,200$157,600 27$56,291$92,618$128,945
28$72,700$119,700$166,700 28$59,482$97,936$136,391
29$77,000$126,650$176,300 29$63,000$103,623$144,245
30$81,400$134,000$186,600 30$66,600$109,636$152,673
31$86,100$141,700$197,300 31$70,445$115,936$161,427
32$91,100$149,950$208,800 32$74,536$122,686$170,836
33$96,400$158,650$220,900 33$78,873$129,805$180,736
34$102,000$167,850$233,700 34$83,455$137,332$191,209
35$107,900$177,600$247,300 35$88,282$145,309$202,336

Grades 51-58

These pay grades provide the salary structure for the Student Assistant positions. Institutions can set pay within these system wide ranges.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
51This pay grade reflects the pay for Undergraduate AssistantContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
52This pay grade reflects the pay for Project Assistant-Grader/ReaderContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
53This pay grade reflects the pay for  Research AssistantContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
54This pay grade reflects the pay for Teaching AssistantContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
55This pay grade reflects the pay for Dissertator positions, like Teaching Asst, Program Asst, & Project AsstContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
56This pay grade reflects the pay for Research InternContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
57This pay grade reflects several titles including Postgraduate positions, Ad Hoc positions, Fellows, Doctoral positions, & Graduate positionsContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level
58This pay grade reflects the pay for Lecturer (SA)Contact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level

Grade 59

This pay grade provides the salary structure for the Student Help positions. Institutions can set pay within these system wide ranges. Institution financial aid programs provide students four basic forms of assistance: grants, loans, assistant-ships, and part-time employment. The salary of a student employee may not exceed the established pay range minima for University Staff employees with similar duties.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
59This pay grade reflects the pay for Student Help titles$15,080 (12mo) / $12,338 (9mo)$52,000 (12mo) / $42,545 (9mo)

Grade 60

This pay grade provides the salary structure for Temporary Employee (TE/LTE) positions. Institutions can set pay within these system wide ranges. University staff temporary employees must be paid at least the state ($7.25/hr) or federal ($7.25/hr) minimum wage, whichever is greater, unless a lower wage is authorized pursuant to Section 14 of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Wis. Stat. § 104.07. The salary of a university staff temporary employee may not exceed the established pay range maxima for the title assigned.  Salary placement within the assigned salary range should take into consideration the pay of similar university staff who have an expectation of continued employment.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
60This pay grade reflects the pay for Student Help titles$15,080 (12mo) / $12,338 (9mo)$52,000 (12mo) / $42,545 (9mo)

Grades 61-80, except 67

These pay grades provide the salary structure for Instructional and Research titles with minimum-only ranges. Institutions can set pay within these system wide ranges. Salary placement within these ranges is individually determined upon hire based on internal and external factors, in part based on department, discipline, field, degree/certifications, etc. Many of the titles can be found on Compensation Category B Instructional Academic Staff and Research Minimums.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
61This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 75% of Assistant Professor$34,429 (12mo) / $28,169 (9mo)Minimum-only range
62This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 85% of Assistant Professor$39,019 (12mo) / $31,925 (9mo)Minimum-only range
63This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 75% of Associate Professor$43,585 (12mo) / $35,660 (9mo)Minimum-only range
64This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 85% of Associate Professor$49,395 (12mo) / $40,414 (9mo)Minimum-only range
65This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 75% of Professor$53,644 (12mo) / $43,072 (9mo)Minimum-only range
66This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 85% of Professor$59,664 (12mo) / $48,816 (9mo)Minimum-only range
68This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 85% of Assistant Professor$39,019 (12mo) / $31,925 (9mo)Minimum-only range
69This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 85% of Associate Professor$49,395 (12mo) / $40,414 (9mo)Minimum-only range
70This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 85% of Professor$59,664 (12mo) / $48,816 (9mo)Minimum-only range
72This pay grade reflects the minimum for Visiting Instructor$38,287 (12mo) / $31,326 (9mo)Minimum-only range
73This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Professor$70,227 (12mo) / $57,458 (9mo)Minimum-only range
74This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Associate Professor$58,158 (12mo) / $47,584 (9mo)Minimum-only range
75This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Assistant Professor$45,778 (12mo) / $37,455 (9mo)Minimum-only range
77This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Instructor$38,287 (12mo) / $31,326 (9mo)Minimum-only range
78This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Assistant Professor$45,778 (12mo) / $37,455 (9mo)Minimum-only range
79This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Associate Professor$58,158 (12mo) / $47,584 (9mo)Minimum-only range
80This pay grade reflects a minimum that is 100% of Professor$70,227 (12mo) / $57,458 (9mo)Minimum-only range

Grade 67

This pay grade provides the salary structure for all Skilled Trades employees. Although Skilled Trades jobs will share this range, the rates for each specialized trade (e.g. Plumber, Electrician, etc.) will be paid based on the rates set in the Crafts Workers/Trades Rates, which is updated with each approved collective bargaining agreement.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
67This pay grade reflects the shared salary grade for all Skilled Trades jobsSee Crafts Workers/Trades RatesSee Crafts Workers/Trades Rates

Grade 97

This salary grade provides the salary structure for jobs that are designated as needing market-specific ranges. Salary placement within these ranges is individually determined upon hire based on internal and external factors, in part based on department, discipline, field, degree/certifications, etc. Some jobs in this grade include Artist-in-residence, Coach, Modified Dean Titles, Professional Engineer, Veterinarian, etc. Pay maximums typically stay at or below 75% of the President's salary.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
97This pay grade reflects the shared salary grade for all jobs designated as needing a market-specific rangeContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level

Grade 98

This pay grade provides the salary structure for jobs that are designated as zero-dollar or non-paid positions.  Some jobs in this grade include Academic Staff Backup, Associate of President, Department Chairperson, Honorary Associate/Fellow,  Regent Professor, University Staff Backup etc.

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
98This pay grade reflects the shared salary grade for all jobs designated as zero-dollar or no pay(N) pay basis for no pay(N) pay basis for no pay

Grade 99

This pay grade provides the salary structure for jobs that are in the Executive Salary Ranges or part of the highest levels of institutional leadership. Salary placement within these ranges is individually determined upon hire based on internal and external factors, in part based on department, discipline, field, degree/certifications, etc.  Salary ranges for executive-level positions are typically based on the peer groups defined by Regent Policy 6-5 Executive Salary Structure, Pay maximums typically stay at or below 75% of the President's salary.

The Executive Salary Hierarchy is, from highest level to lowest,

President

Executive Vice President

Senior Vice President

Vice President

Chancellor

Vice Chancellor / Provost / Campus Dean (e.g. Campus Executive Officer)

Associate Chancellor / Associate Vice President

Associate Vice Chancellor / Associate Provost / Dean

Assistant Chancellor / Assistant Vice President

Assistant Vice Chancellor

Associate Dean

Assistant Dean

Pay GradeDescriptionMinimumMaximum
99This pay grade reflects the shared salary grade for all jobs designated in the executive level or highest levels of institutional leadershipContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-levelContact Your Institution; this rate is set at the institution-level