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FY 23 Compensation Increase Eligibility

On May 19, 2022, President Linton announced a significant step toward improving faculty and staff compensation:

  • A 2% across-the-board increase for all eligible faculty and staff.
  • All units will also receive a 3% merit pool to distribute to employees within their units based on calendar year 2021 performance evaluations.
    • There is a 1% merit floor, which means that any employee who receives a "meets expectations" rating should receive no less than a 1% merit increase.
    • Colleges/units will be responsible for determining appropriate merit increases thereafter, consistent with college/unit evaluation methods and ratings.
    • Employees with the same evaluation ratings within a department/unit should receive the same percentage merit increases.

Detailed below are specific eligiblity requirements associated with the across-the-board increase and merit increases.

Eligibility for 2% across-the-board increase

  • All benefits-eligible faculty, unclassified and university support staff hired on or before Dec. 1, 2021 are eligible for the 2% across-the-board increase.
    • This includes employees who experienced a reclassification through HCS Compensation & Organizational Effectiveness.
  • Employees who are not eligible include:
    • Graduate teaching assistants.
    • Graduate assistants.
    • Graduate research assistants.
    • Student employees.
    • Other non-benefits eligible employees.

Eligibility for merit increases 

  • To be eligible for a FY23 merit increase, employees must have been employed in their current position at K-State as of December 1, 2021. This includes:
    • USS employees and faculty or unclassified professionals who are on regular or term contracts. The contract type does not factor into whether an employee receives merit.
    • Employees who received a mid-year increase or other salary adjustment.
    • Employees who have a future retirement date that falls after the effective increase date.
    • Employees on leave (FMLA, sabbatical, parental leave, etc.) are eligible and must have an evaluation.
    • Employees who are at the top of their pay grade approaching maximum or are over maximum of the pay grade.
    • Employees who experienced a reclassification through HCS Compensation & Organizational Effectiveness.
    • Employees who received a Notice of Non-reappointment (NNR) due to reclassification or reorganization. Please consult with HCS Employee Relations & Engagement on questions. 
  • Employees who are not eligible include:
    • Undergraduate student employees
    • Graduate student employees (GTAs, GRAs, and GAs)
    • Seasonal or temporary employees
    • Employees who accepted a promotion or new position after December 1. (Please note that these employees are eligible for the across-the-board increase.)
    • Employees who received an NNR unrelated to reclassification or reorganization. Please consult with HCS Employee Relations & Engagement on questions.
    • Employees who had a break in service since December 1, 2021.
    • Employees who received a performance evaluation rating below a “meets expectations” rating. 
    • KSRE Extension agents whose salaries are determined by our county/district partners.
  • Employees who are on acting or interim appointments follow modified guidelines:
    • Appointment began before Dec. 1, 2021: Employees who are in an interim or acting appointment are eligible for a merit increase if the interim/acting appointment began prior to Dec. 1, 2021. In this instance, any merit adjustment will be on the interim/acting salary through the remainder of their interim/acting appointment. Once the employee returns to their regular position, the salary for the regular position will be adjusted at the same merit percentage as was approved for their interim/role. These employees are also eligible for the 2% across-the-board increase.
    • Appointment began on or after Dec. 1, 2021: If the interim/acting appointment began on or after Dec. 1, 2021, those employees are not eligible for the merit increase applied to the interim/acting salary. However, they are eligible for the merit increase on their original appointment once the interim/acting assignment ends. These employees are eligible, however, for the 2% across-the-board increase. 

Questions

If you have questions about your eligibility for the across-the-board and/or merit increases, please email hr@k-state.edu