OA Salary Increase FAQs

Facts:

  • 3.5% across-the-board increase on base salary for eligible Officers of Administration
  • Affects employees hired before January 1, 2012
  • OA staff excluded from increases:
    • President
    • Provost
    • Deans
    • Vice Presidents
    • Vice Provosts
    • Tenure Track Faculty in Administrative Roles
    • General Counsel
    • Athletic Director
    • Athletic Coaches on multi-year contracts
    • Employees on F Contracts (unless extenuating circumstances)
  • Effective date:  July 1, 2012

Q&A:

  • Q:  Who are Officers of Administration and what kinds of jobs do they do?
  • A:  Officers of Administration are professional, supervisory and managerial staff.  These positions frequently require a college degree and technical proficiency in one or more areas of specialization.  Officers of Administration often have budgetary authority.

 

  • Q:  How many Officers of Administration are impacted by this salary increase? 
  • A:  The University of Oregon has slightly fewer than 1,200 Officers of Administration.  Of these, approximately 900 would be eligible for a salary adjustment.

 

  • Q:  Generally speaking, how much do these people make per year?
  • A:  The median salary for an Officer of Administration eligible for an increase is approximately $58,000 per year.

 

  • Q:  Why is the UO implementing an OA salary increase at this time?
  • A:  This is the first across-the-board cost-of-living adjustment the University of Oregon has been able to provide to its staff since 2008.  Many staff have received no raises in salary of any kind during this time period.  Inflation has increased over the last four years and this increase is meant to help staff salaries keep pace with inflation. With the cost of living going up each year, it is important that we provide periodic adjustments to salaries.

 

  • Q:  How does this increase relate to the one that occurred in 2011?  Why are you giving additional increases to staff who already received an increase last year?
  • A:  About fourteen months ago, some of our staff received equity increases to better adjust their compensation to market.  The increase being implemented now is an across-the-board action based on the need to adjust all salaries due to inflation and cost-of-living factors.  It is unrelated to the equity adjustments made over a year ago.

 

  • Q:  Why did you decide to not give increases to senior staff?
  • A:  We have limited financial resources and wanted to focus all of the funds available on our staff.  We are not giving any increases to senior leadership.

 

  • Q:  Why aren’t you providing increases to faculty as well?
  • A:  Our faculty recently unionized.  Most adjustments to faculty salaries will need to be negotiated with the union as part of our initial collectively bargained contract.

 

  • Q:  Not all faculty will be represented by the union.  Why are you not providing increases to unrepresented faculty at this time?
  • A:  We will address faculty salaries later in the year when we engage in the bargaining process with the union. 

 

  • Q:  Why aren’t you also giving increases to classified staff?
  • A:  Classified staff is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  The union negotiates a two-year contract each biennium.  The Oregon University System already has a contract in place for classified staff that includes step increases and cost of living adjustments (COLAs). The University of Oregon does not bargain directly with SEIU.  The Oregon University System bargains on behalf of all seven universities.

 

  • Q:  Who is paying for the salary increases?
  • A:  The university, however, the exact funding source will vary based on the part of the institution (e.g., individual schools and colleges will fund this out of their budgets, grants will cover some research salaries, auxiliaries such as Housing and Athletics will have to pay for this out of their own revenues).

 

  • Q:  How much will this increase cost?
  • A:  The total cost is expected to be $2.6 million.

 

  • Q:  Tuition has increased rapidly over the last several years.  How can you implement a salary increase at a time when tuition is increasing so rapidly?
  • A:  Tuition is increasing rapidly at Oregon due to declining state support.  Over the last 17 years, we have held increases in the actual cost of education close to inflation. With the cost of living rising each year, it is important that we provide periodic adjustments to salaries in order to retain the high-quality, high-performing employees who provide support to students, faculty and their research efforts.