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Fiscal Year 2017/2018 UCR Merit Increases

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox has announced that UCR will implement a 3% merit based salary program for non-represented staff for FY 2017-18. Increases will be effective July 1, 2017 for monthly paid staff and June 18, 2017 for biweekly paid staff. In her communication to UC Chancellors regarding this year's salary program, President Napolitano emphasized that salary increases must be based on individual performance and contribution. Learn more

Career Tracks FY 16/17 Salary Range and Grade Adjustments

UCR has been engaged in a series of enhancements to our compensation program with a goal of attracting, retaining and rewarding excellent staff to support our mission of teaching, research and public service as we move toward the UCR 2020 strategic goals of academic excellence.

Career Tracks was implemented last fall and replaced UCR's outdated job classification structure with a market-based system for non-represented MSP and PSS employees. This new compensation program groups jobs into more clearly defined families that better align to jobs in the labor market as well as jobs on UC campuses.

It is important that our compensation program continues to be competitive with the external labor market. Every year in late spring a comprehensive analysis of market data and trends will be conducted. As a result of this year's analysis, sixty-five job titles will be regraded upward, effective July 1, 2016.

Additionally, this analysis included salary structure trending information. To maintain our market position, we are also adjusting our staff salary ranges by 2%, effective July 1, 2016.

While the labor market may indicate that a Career Tracks job's salary grade should be adjusted, this does not impact salaries for employees currently appointed to that job, unless their current salary is below the new salary grade's range minimum.

Effective January 1, 2017, Minimum Wage for California will Increase from $10.00/Hour to $10.50/Hour

On January 1, 2017, the California state minimum wage will increase to $10.50/hour. To ensure our compliance with the minimum wage law, UCR’s salary range minimums that fell below $10.50/hour will be adjusted upward to $10.50/hour beginning with the bi-weekly pay period that includes January 1, 2017. The job families impacted by this change are the Student 1 and 2 titles.

Title/Title Code Current Range New Range
Student 1, TC 4922 $10.00 - $15.00 $10.50 - $15.50
Student 2, TC 4921 $10.50 - $30.50 $11.00 - $31.00

In addition to individuals in the student Title Codes, all individuals in a By Agreement (BYA) DOS must also be paid a minimum of $10.50 for every hour worked effective January 1, 2017. All organizations should review individuals being paid using a BYA DOS code prior to January 1, 2017, and ensure that all payments comply with the new minimum wage requirements.

The UCR Payroll department processed the minimum wage changes for student Title Codes 1 and 2. Increases for incumbents in the Student 1 category who were below the $10.50 range were updated in PPS on December 15. Increases for incumbents in the Student 2 category who were below the $11.00 range were processed in PPS on December 16. Increases will appear on the January 25 bi-weekly and February 1 monthly paychecks. 

If you have questions about the increase of the minimum wage on January 1, 2017, please contact Scott Biggerstaff at or Jennifer Poliakon at

The Future of Policy-Covered Staff Compensation at UCR

In early 2014, Chancellor Wilcox appointed several leaders on campus to serve on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation, which was charged with making recommendations on the future state of non-represented staff compensation. The Committee conducted a review of current compensation practices at UCR and identified opportunities to improve campus processes and systems.

UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Minimum Wage Implementation

UC has announced that it will be implementing the Fair Wage/Fair Work Minimum Wage Plan at each UC location. Effective October 1, 2015, the Fair Wage/Fair Work Minimum Wage Plan establishes a UC minimum wage of $15 per hour phased in over a three-year period for all University employees appointed at 50- percent time or greater. For more information, read President Janet Napolitano's letter, the Plan Eligibility Letter, and the Plan FAQs. Please click here for information on training.

Mandatory Workplace Posting – Fair Wage/Fair Work Poster

As part of our effort to create awareness of UC Fair Wage/Fair Work policy and to be in compliance with State mandatory-posting requirements, the Fair Wage/Fair Work poster is now available and must be posted by March 4, 2016. The poster must be clearly posted where employee notices are displayed. If your department has multiple locations for employee notices, please be sure the notice is prominently displayed in each of those locations.

To download and print the poster, please click here.

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