Above Scale Merits in the Step Plus System

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 1a (first above scale, one-and-one-half-step increase): Professor Johnson is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2011.  He is eligible for a merit in 2014-2015, with an effective date of 7/1/2015.  He is being considered for a one-and-one-half-step merit under the Step Plus System. 

(A) $153,700 (Step 9) / 141,700 (Step 8) = 1.085 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(B) 1.085 + 0.025 = 1.11

(C) $153,700 * 1.11 = 170,607

(D) $170,607

Example 2a (first above scale, two-step increase): Professor Berquist is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2011.  She is eligible for a merit in 2014-2015, with an effective date of 7/1/2015.  She is being considered for a two-step merit under the Step Plus System. 

(1) $153,700 (Step 9) / 141,700 (Step 8) = 1.085 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(2) 1.085 + 0.05 = 1.135

(3) $153,700 * 1.135 = 174,449.50

(4) $174,450

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 are eligible for the Step Plus Supplement only if their above scale merit is approved as greater than one-step merit (i.e., 7.5% or 10% increase for further above scale).  Because the supplement represents the salary the candidate could have received if they had been allowed to accelerate in time, we will multiply 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 is already provided in each of the Step Plus System Salary Tables.  The calculation for the first above scale supplement is:

[(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

Example 1b (first above scale, 1.5 step increase): Professor Johnson is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2011.  His first above scale merit was approved as a 1.5 step merit, so his new proposed base salary (before subsuming his off-scale) is $170,607 with an effective date of 7/1/2015.  For the period of 7/1/2015-6/30/2019, Professor Johnson is eligible to receive a Step Plus Supplement. Apply the formula above:  

[(170,607) – (153,700)] * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

16,907 * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

4,226.75 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

$4,227 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

$352.25 = Monthly Step Plus Supplement

Example 2b (first above scale, 2.0 step increase): Professor Berquist is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2011.  His first above scale merit was approved as a 2.0 step merit, so her new proposed base salary (before subsuming her off-scale) is $174,450 with an effective date of 7/1/2015.  For the period of 7/1/2015-6/30/2019, Professor Berquist is eligible to receive a Step Plus Supplement. Apply the formula above:  

[(174,450) – (153,700)] * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

20,750 * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

5,187,50 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

$5,188 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

$432.33 = Monthly Step Plus Supplement

Example 3 (further above scale): Professor Anderson is an academic-year Above Scale Professor with an annual salary of $186,000, effective 7/1/2011. His merit to further above scale was approved as a 1.5 step merit (7.5%), so his new proposed salary is $199,950 effective 7/1/2015.  For the period of 7/1/2015-6/30/2019, Professor Anderson is eligible to receive a Step Plus Supplement.  Apply the formula above: 

[(199,950) – (186,000)] * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

13,950 * 0.25 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

3,487.50 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

$3,488 = Annual Step Plus Supplement

$290.67 = Monthly Step Plus Supplement

  • APHID: If the action approved is greater than one-step and the candidate is 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.
  • PPS: When the Step Plus Supplement ends, the DOS code in PPS should be changed to the regular DOS code (e.g., REG).