Compensation salary ranges for classified staff are updated by the Nevada department of personnel and are based upon periodic wage surveys in classified occupations.
Each job classification is assigned a class grade. Class grades correspond to compensation schedules that consist of 10 segments called steps. Compensation for classified staff is determined by grade and step.
Classified Salary Schedules
There are two different compensation schedules for classified staff: employee/employer-paid and employer-paid. Which schedule applies to you depends upon which retirement plan you participate in. View your appropriate schedule below.
Employee/employer-paid contribution plan — Under this plan, you contribute 13.25 percent of your gross salary to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) of Nevada. The university contributes 13.25 percent to the plan. Your contribution is refundable upon termination of employment if you elect to not receive a monthly retirement benefit. FY14 Annual Salary Schedule
Employer-paid contribution plan — Under this plan, contributions to PERS are made to the university on your behalf. Contributions are not deposited in your individual member account and are not available for refund upon termination of employment. The contribution rate for regular members is currently 25.75 percent.
New classified employees are generally hired at step 1 of their range. Depending upon education and previous experience, it is possible to be hired at a higher step in the range.
Pay increases for classified staff can result from:
Cost-of-living increases — When the Nevada Legislature meets every two years for the purpose of setting budgets for the coming biennium, it may approve cost-of-living increases for state employees. Authorized cost-of-living increases usually take effect July 1. The classified salary schedules also are adjusted July 1 to reflect the cost-of-living increase.
Annual step (merit) increases — Performance is evaluated annually, and employees who receive a rating of standard or better will receive a merit pay increase of one step on their pay progression date. The pay progression date is either the date of hire into the position, or — if promoted more than two grades — the date of promotion into the position. Merit pay for the 2011-2013 biennium was suspended by the Nevada Legislature with SB 505.
Promotion — Promotion occurs when a classified employee applies and is selected for a position that is classified at a higher grade than the employee’s current position. If a classified employee is promoted one or two grades, placement in the new grade is at the same step as the previous grade. If the promotion is three grades or more, placement is at the higher of a two-step increase over the step held before the promotion (in the former grade) or the lowest step of the new grade.
Reclassification — A position must undergo significant change to justify reclassification. Significant change means the majority of the new duties and responsibilities assigned to a position exceed the class specifications of the current job.