2,518: Starting Salary
Revised: December 2020
The starting salary of a faculty member must be at least the minimum for the rank/range and is normally between the minimum and Q1 for the rank/range on the approved salary schedules. New faculty who have held positions similar to the one they assume at the University may be offered an initial salary between Q1 and Q2. All salary offers must be approved by the appropriate dean and/or vice president prior to extending the offer to the candidates. An initial salary offer above Q2 requires the prior approval of the appropriate vice president or the Provost's Office pursuant to UAM 2,520. The request for the starting salary above Q2 must be justified by providing written evidence of the candidate's superior experience and/or credentials relative to the position. This justification must be submitted with the Request to Offer/Compliance Form.
Starting salaries that exceed the maximum for the rank/range must be approved by the Board of Regents.
A rank, range or grade must be established for a position prior to advertisement of the position.
Policies regarding salary setting for existing employees appointed to a new position through a search are in UAM 2,520.
Experience-Based Salary Guidelines
The list below describes best practices in the setting of a faculty member’s salary. It recommends the appropriate salary range depending on experience or administrator approval.
- Up to 3 years of experience at the same job level beyond the minimum requirements: First quartile: Minimum to Q1
- 3-7 years of experience as the same job level beyond the minimum requirements: Second quartile: Between Q1 and Q2
- 7-10 years of experience at the same job level beyond the minimum requirements: Midpoint: Q2
- More than ten years of experience at the same job level beyond the minimum requirements: May exceed Q2 with approval from the appropriate vice president or the Provost’s Office, pursuant to UAM 2,520.
For positions within the University that are hard to fill or have a high market value, please contact the Associate Vice President, Human Resources for assistance.