Frequently asked questions about changes to UC Santa Cruz’s salary ranges:

  1. When will the narrowing of the salaries be effective?
  2. What is a salary range?
  3. What are the definitions of minimum, midpoint, and maximum of the salary range?
  4. What is a salary grade?
  5. What does the midpoint of the salary range represent?
  6. What does it mean when salary ranges are “narrowed”?
  7. Why are the UC Santa Cruz salary ranges being narrowed?
  8. When are the UC Santa Cruz salary ranges being narrowed?
  9. How much are the salary ranges being narrowed?
  10. What if my salary falls below the minimum of the salary range?
  11. How are the salary increases being funded?
  12. What if my salary is above the new maximum of the salary range?
  13. What does it mean when salary ranges are “adjusted”?
  14. What is the percentage increase applied to the new salary ranges?
  15. When was the last time the salary ranges were adjusted?
  16. If I receive a salary increase resulting from the narrowing of the salary ranges, will I still be eligible for a merit increase (assuming there is one)?
  17. Does anything change about my job assignment with the new salary ranges?
  18. Do these salary range changes apply to all UC Santa Cruz positions?

  1. When will the narrowing of the salaries be effective?
    1. UC Santa Cruz is currently working on implementing the narrowing of the ranges to be compliant with the UC Systemwide initiative that requires the program to be completed no later than June 30, 2023.
  2. What is a salary range?
    1. The range of pay from minimum to maximum established for a salary grade or job.
  3. What are the definitions of minimum, midpoint, and maximum of the salary range?
    • Minimum: The lowest salary rate assigned to a salary range.
    • Midpoint: The salary rate that represents the middle of a salary range.
    • Maximum: The highest salary rate assigned to a salary range.
  4. What is a salary grade?
    1. A pay level within a salary structure assigned to a group of jobs of the same or similar value.
  5. What does the midpoint of the salary range represent?
    1. The midpoint represents the current market value of a particular job.
  6. What does it mean when salary ranges are “narrowed”?
    1. The salary range widths (the difference between the minimum and maximum pay of a salary range, expressed as a percentage of the minimum) are reduced incrementally to be consistent with market practices of other higher education comparators.
  7. Why are the UC Santa Cruz salary ranges being narrowed?
    1. The salary ranges are being narrowed to be compliant with a UC systemwide initiative to be consistent with market practice of other higher education institutions.
  8. When are the UC Santa Cruz salary ranges being narrowed?
    1. The salary ranges are being narrowed effective April 4, 2021 for bi-weekly (BW) paid employees and April 1, 2021 for monthly (MO) paid employees.
  9. How much are the salary ranges being narrowed?
    1. The range width of the new salary range at the lowest grade was narrowed to 60% (from 149%) and 105% (from 150%) at the highest grade, at 3% increments between grades, from Grade 15 to 30.
  10. What if my salary falls below the minimum of the salary range?
    1. You will receive a salary increase to bring your salary to the minimum of the new salary range.
  11. How are the salary increases being funded??
    • 19900 General State Funds
    • 19917 Information Technology
    • 19924 Student Academic Preparation
    • 20000 Student Services Fee
    • 20095 Tuition
    • 20360 Student Programs Fee (M7)
    • 66043 Information User
    • 66051 Consolidated Business Services (BTP)
    • 69750 Federal C&G Overhead
    • 69900 Unrestricted (from Interest)
    Upon implementation of the new ranges, staff in the Budget and Resource Management office will transact permanent adjustments in FMW to fund the difference between the previous salary and new salary of the affected employees as identified by Staff Human Resources. Permanent funding on partial FTE will be adjusted accordingly. Current year funding, prorated for the period of April 1 - June 30, 2021, will be transferred in FIS directly to the FOAPALs where positions are budgeted.

    Consistent with University practice, salary programs apply to eligible staff across all fund sources. For all other funds not addressed above, units will need to reallocate funding internally in order to provide the salary increases.

    Central funding is NOT provided for staff paid on one-time or temporary funds, or for vacant staff positions. However, it is the responsibility of the unit to ensure provisions remain within salary ranges and on step.
  12. What if my salary is above the new maximum of the salary range?
    1. Your salary will remain the same.
  13. What does it mean when salary ranges are “adjusted”?
    1. The adjustment to the salary ranges refers to the upward movement of the midpoint pay of the salary range by a percentage based on salary survey data. The minimum and maximum of the salary ranges may move upward or downward based on desired salary range width.
  14. What is the percentage increase applied to the new salary ranges?
    1. The new salary range midpoints were increased by approximately 4.5%.
  15. When was the last time the salary ranges were adjusted?
    1. The last salary range adjustment was in July 2017.
  16. If I receive a salary increase resulting from the narrowing of the salary ranges, will I still be eligible for a merit increase (assuming there is one)?
    1. You will be eligible to receive a merit increase if you have met the eligibility requirements.
  17. Does anything change about my job assignment with the new salary ranges?
    1. Your job assignment, which includes your job code, job title, and grade will not change.
  18. Do these salary range changes apply to all UC Santa Cruz positions?
    1. The changes apply to all non-represented Career Track positions. Represented positions are not affected as they are not part of Career Tracks.