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

We provided the first Above Scale merit 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 $100 (note: this dollar figure is included in the footnotes of the salary table), per APM 600-18 b.

(D) If applicable, add the off-scale (UCOFF1) to the result in step C to get the new above scale base salary (UCABVE). Do not add to the new base salary any temporary off-scales, such as supplements or other off-scales with special conditions (UCOFF2 and UCOFF3). If the off-scale is not rounded to the nearest $100, round the total dollar figure to the nearest $100 per APM 620-4.

If the candidate is to be considered for a merit increase that crosses the First Above Scale, multiply the results of step C by the standard further above scale percentage (2.5% for each half-step beyond the first above scale, see step D below):

(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 (provided in the footnotes of the salary table).

(D) For each an additional half-step, multiply the result of step C by the appropriate percentage:

  • Additional half-step multiply by 1.025
  • Additional whole-step multiply by 1.05
  • Additional one-and-one-half-step multiply by 1.075

(E) Round this dollar figure to the nearest $100.

(F) If applicable, add the off-scale (UCOFF1/UCHSO1) to the result in step E to get the new above scale base salary (UCABVE). Do not add to the new base salary any temporary off-scales, such as supplements or other off-scales with special conditions (UCDEC9/UCHD91, UCOFF2/UCHSO2 and UCOFF3/UCHSO3). If the off-scale is not rounded to the nearest $100, round the total dollar figure to the nearest $100.

Example 1 (1.5-step merit that crosses first above scale): Professor Johnson is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2016 with an off-scale of $28,000 (UCOFF1). He is eligible for a merit in 2019-2020, with an effective date of 7/1/2020. He received a one-and-one-half-step merit under the Step Plus System.

(A) $175,800 (Step 9) / $162,200 (Step 8) = 1.084 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(B) $175,800 * 1.084 = $190,567.20

(C) $190,600

(D) $190,600 * 1.025 = $195,365

(E) $195,400

(F) $195,400 + $28,000 (UCOFF1) = $223,400 (UCABVE)

Example 2 (2.0-step merit that crosses first above scale): Professor Berquist is an academic-year Professor at Step 9, effective 7/1/2016 with an off-scale of $35,000 (UCOFF1). She is eligible for a merit in 2019-2020, with an effective date of 7/1/2020. She received a two-step merit under the Step Plus System.

(A) $175,800 (Step 9) / $162,200 (Step 8) = 1.084 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(B) $175,800 * 1.084 = $190,567.20

(C) $190,600

(D) $190,600 * 1.05 = $200,130

(E) $200,100

(F) $200,100 + $35,000 (UCOFF1) = $235,100 (UCABVE)

Example 3 (2.0-step merit that crosses first above scale): Professor Smith is an academic-year Professor at Step 8.5, effective 7/1/2017 with an off-scale of $30,000 (UCOFF1). She is eligible for a merit in 2019-2020, with an effective date of 7/1/2020. She received a two-step merit under the Step Plus System.

(A) $175,800 (Step 9) / $162,200 (Step 8) = 1.084 (rounded to the third decimal place)

(B) $175,800 * 1.084 = $190,567.20

(C) $190,600

(D) $190,600 * 1.025 = $195,365

(E) $195,400

(F) $195,400 + $30,000 (UCOFF1) = $225,400 (UCABVE)

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 or greater. 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.

Reminder: Order of Merits/Promotions and Range Adjustments

Reminder: Calculate Merit/promotion advancements prior to applying the range adjustment. Make advancement calculations on the salary scale prior to the range adjustment and then apply the range adjustment rules to the new salary. For example, calculate the salary based on the merit decision using the 10/1/2019 salary scales before applying any possible 7/1/2020 range adjustment.