Principles and Guidelines for the Professional Staff Salary Administration Program
Salary Administration System
RC. For purpose of the salary administration policies, a Responsibility Center or distinguishable department within a large RC such as the IU School of Medicine or College of Arts and Sciences. A regional campus may consider the Chancellor the RC head.
Position. A group of duties and responsibilities officially assigned to a specific employee.
Job. A collection of positions whose duties and responsibilities are the same kind of work, at a similar skill and responsibility level. The duties and responsibilities are alike enough that the positions have the same descriptive title and require substantially the same minimum qualifications. (A position with very unique duties and responsibilities may be assigned to a single-position job.)
Job Family. A collection of jobs involving the same type of work but requiring different skill and responsibility levels. Grouping jobs with similar work by job family provides consistent comparison with the market pay rates for similar work.
Job level. A grouping of the jobs in each job family into distinct levels based on compensatory job attributes, such as: complexity, scope of impact, autonomy, supervision of others, and knowledge required.
Salary level. (sometimes referred to as pay grade, or grade level) The alpha/numeric designation (2IT, 3IT, etc.) assigned to each job level.
Salary range. (sometimes referred to as pay range) Each job family has a set of salary ranges that reflect its relevant labor market segment based on geographic and scope considerations (local, state, regional, or national) and/or type of employer (public, private, or higher education). Each salary range has a minimum, market zone and an upper reference point. (These terms are defined in "Salary Structures" below.) The salary range values assigned to salary grades may vary across job families, based on relevant external market data.
Competitive Market Data. Published and independent salary surveys of the relevant employment markets for job families and their job levels.