Compensation and Salary Structure - P&S

Effective: July 1, 2010
Updated/Revised: July 1, 2019
Contact: University Human Resources Classification and Compensation (UHRCC)

Please review THIS PROPOSED REVISION OF THE COMPENSATION AND SALARY STRUCTURE - P&S POLICY [PDF]. Submit your comments and questions to by June 5, 2020.


Iowa State University administers compensation policies and programs for Professional and Scientific (P&S) staff to provide a method for equitable classification of positions in relation to the level of work performed. A comprehensive salary structure has been established for P&S positions. Each P&S position has been assigned to one of twelve pay grades.

Philosophy and Statement of Value

Iowa State University strives to maintain a compensation and salary structure policy for P&S employees that is--

  • Compatible with the university's mission and strategic plan
  • Compatible with the institution's culture and core values
  • Equitable externally and internally
  • Effective in recruiting and retaining employees

The university endeavors to cultivate a rewarding and productive work environment through the selection and retention of a highly qualified, talented, and diverse workforce, and the provision of opportunities to experience growth and advancement. The university regards regular communication with employees and supervisors as necessary to promote understanding of university compensation and effective performance management.

Policy Statement

Iowa State University will provide fair and competitive compensation packages to recognize and reward its P&S employees within the boundaries of financial feasibility. The university will regularly assess compensation levels for market comparables and will conduct salary surveys to periodically adjust the salary structure and pay ranges to remain competitive.

In assigning an appropriate grade to each classification, University Human Resources Classification and Compensation (UHRCC) evaluates each classification to determine its worth relative to the market and other classifications within the university. The evaluation procedure is standardized to maintain consistency throughout the university.