Pay for Staff Positions

Pay bands correlate to the corresponding job classification category. Since there is a wide range of positions that can fit into a job category, the Office of Human Resources reviews all positions to recommend a competitive compensation range. Internal peer comparators and external market data are analyzed for nearly every staff position and a recommended salary range is determined and shared with the hiring school, college or unit. This protocol ensures parity across campus and allows the university to be more competitive.

The Wage and Salary, Pay Rates Policy is a comprehensive resource for information on staff pay practice and includes information regarding:

  • Annual increases
  • Discretionary increases
  • Pay rate reductions

Currently, the minimum wage (for non-exempt employees) and minimum weekly compensation (for exempt employees) in New York State surpass federal requirements.

  • Non-Exempt:
    • Benefits-eligible staff must be paid a minimum of $16.00 per hour.
    • Temporary employees must be paid a minimum of $15.00 per hour.
  • Exempt: Per New York State law, effective December 31, 2022, the minimum salary that must be paid to exempt staff positions outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties is $1,064.25 per week, regardless of the number of hours worked. This equates to $2,305.88 semi-monthly and $55,341 annually.

Starting 2021, the annual increases will be published by the Commissioner of Labor on or before October 1. They will be based on percentage increases determined by the Director of the Division of Budget, based on economic indices, including the Consumer Price Index.

Again, while these are the minimum rates, positions are reviewed so the minimum for a position can certainly be above these legal requirements.

Pay bands provide a broad range to encompass all positions within a job classification. Most positions do not span the whole range; therefore, supervisors should work with the HR Compensation Team to identify the appropriate compensation range.

Note: For staff employed in New York City and surrounding counties, and staff employed in California, the schedule may be different, so please contact the HR Compensation Team with any questions.