Above Scale Merits in the Step Plus System

Above Scale Step Plus Advancement Guidelines

For Above Scale actions, the Step Plus advancement guidelines are as follows:

  • Above Scale, Normal, One-Step Advancement
    Continued performance at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor.
  • Above Scale One and One-Half Step Advancement
    Continued performance at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor, accompanied by outstanding achievement in one area.
  • Above Scale Two-Step Advancement
    Continued performance at levels commensurate with the expectations for an Above-Scale Professor, accompanied by outstanding achievements in two areas.

Calculating First Above Scale merits in the Step Plus System

The first Above Scale merit (from Step 8, 8.5, or 9 to Above Scale in normative time) calculation is already provided in each of the Step Plus System Salary Tables.  The calculation for the first above scale merit is:

(A) Take Step 9 divided by Step 8. Round this figure to the third decimal point (using the fourth decimal to determine if the third is rounded up or stays the same).

(B) Take Step 9 base multiplied by the result of step A.

(C) Round this dollar figure to the nearest whole dollar.

If the candidate is currently at Step 9 and is to be considered for greater than one-step merit increase, add 0.025 (or 2.5%) to the result of step A for each half-step greater than one-step. 

(A) Take Step 9 divided by Step 8. Round this figure to the third decimal point (using the fourth decimal to determine if the third is rounded up or stays the same).

(B) Add to the result of step A 0.025 for each half-step greater than normal.

(C) Take Step 9 base multiplied by the result of step B.

(D) Round this dollar figure to the nearest whole dollar.

Example 1 (first above scale, 1.5 step increase): Professor Johnson is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2014.  He is eligible for a merit in 2017-2018, with an effective date of 7/1/2018.  He is being considered for a one-and-one-half-step merit under the Step Plus System.

(A) $160,800 (Step 9) / $148,200 (Step 8) = 1.085 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(B) 1.085 + 0.025 = 1.11

(C) $160,800 * 1.11 = $178,488

(D) $178,488

Example 2 (first above scale, 2.0 step increase): Professor Berquist is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2014.  She is eligible for a merit in 2017-2018, with an effective date of 7/1/2018.  She is being considered for a two-step merit under the Step Plus System.

(A) $160,800 (Step 9) / $148,200 (Step 8) = 1.085 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(B) 1.085 + 0.05 = 1.135

(C) $160,800 * 1.135 = $182,508

(D) $182,508

Example 3 (calculating first above scale salary when candidate is at step 8): Professor Smith is an academic-year Professor at Step 8, effective 7/1/2015.  She is eligible for a merit in 2017-2018, with an effective date of 7/1/2018.

(3a) First above scale, 2-step increase: use the AS salary posted on the salary scale.

(A) $174,468

(3b) First above scale, 2.5-step increase: take the AS salary posted on the salary scale, and multiply it by 2.5%.

(A) $174,468 * 1.025 = $178,830

(B) $178,830

Calculating Further Above Scale merits in the Step Plus System

As in the previous system, once a candidate has advanced to Above Scale, all future normal merit advancements further above scale receive a 5% salary increase.  Under the Step Plus System, candidates who are above scale may be considered for a merit every four years and may be considered for a greater than one-step increase.  Each half-step is equal to an additional 2.5% increase.  For example: 

A one-step merit is equal to a 5% increase. 

A one-and-one-half-step merit is equal to a 7.5% increase. 

A two-step merit is equal to a 10% increase. 

Step Plus Increment

The Step Plus Increment is not applicable to Above Scale candidates.  Note: This increment used for on-scale candidates only given that this increment is tracked as “off-scale” for PPS purposes. 

Step Plus Supplement

Above Scale candidates were eligible for the Step Plus Supplement only if their above scale merit was approved as greater than one-step merit during the pilot (through the 2016-2017 review cycle) (i.e., 7.5% or 10% increase for further above scale).  Because the supplement represented the salary the candidate could have received if they had been allowed to accelerate in time, we multiplied by 25% the difference between the candidate’s new proposed base salary (before subsuming any off-scale) and their current base salary. 

If the candidate is moving from Step 8 or 8.5 to Above Scale, the supplement calculation was already provided in each of the Step Plus System Salary Tables.  The calculation for the first above scale supplement was:

[(First Above Scale Base Salary) – (Step 9)] * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

If the candidate is currently at Step 9 or Above Scale the supplement formula is:

[(Approved Base Salary) – (Current Base Salary)] * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

If you need assistance with calculating a Step Plus Supplement that was awarded during the pilot, please contact your academic personnel analyst.

APHID

If the action approved was greater than one-step and the candidate was eligible for the Step Plus Supplement, Academic Affairs will enter this salary component in the off-scale tab of APHID for non-redelegated actions. This salary component is entered as “Step Plus Supplement” and will be assigned an end date equal to normative time at step (4 years).  This salary component is not retained beyond normative time at step.

PPS

The Step Plus Supplement should be combined with the new base and off-scale (for first above scale merits) and entered in PPS as part of a compressed DOS code (i.e., REO).  Be sure the “A” for the above-scale indicator is in the “Step/OA” field in PPS.

When the Step Plus Supplement ends, the DOS code in PPS should be changed to the regular DOS code (e.g., REG) unless the candidate has an off-scale component, in which case the DOS code will remain as REO.