SALARY INCREASE JUSTIFICATION
A. Position and Personal Data
Name of Incumbent:
Number of Years in Current Position: at USM:
Highest Education Level:
Current Salary: Proposed Salary:
Proposed Effective Date:
(Do not include if this was an employee-initiated SECCP review since those have an automatic
effective date: the date the completed PDQ was submitted to the supervisor)
1. Internal Equity
a. Within the requesting department/division
1) Lateral comparisons
Indicate by name any other people in your department and/or division who occupy positions of
similar responsibility and complexity. Describe whether your proposal is designed to correlate
with the salaries of those other people; if not, describe the reasons why some will be paid
differently from others.
2) Vertical comparisons
Indicate by name, title, and salary those positions in your organization structure just above and
just below this one’s proposed salary. Explain why it makes sense that this position’s salary
should be slotted as proposed in relation to those other position salaries.
b. USM-wide comparisons
If you believe there are other employees at USM outside your division who occupy very similar
positions, and are partially basing your justification on attaining equity with those positions,
provide details here.
2. External Equity
a. With other educational institutions
If you have information that compares this position to similar positions at other educational
institutions (be careful, as always, not to rely on titles since they are often misleading as to the scope
of the position), include it here.
b. With other employers in the relevant market area
If you have information that compares this position to others outside of education, include it here.
Compare with the market(s) (local, regional, national) within which you compete for talent when
recruiting. It is generally more persuasive if you have median salary information derived from a
relatively large- sample survey geared to this position’s discipline/type of work, if one exists.
Describe any circumstances in which the person provides an unusual degree of added value to the
University. This might include such things as bringing in substantial new revenue, innovations
that have had substantial cost savings, a state/national reputation that enhances the image of the
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Revised 11/6/06 - ES