All Washington State University classified staff will receive a 3 percent general wage increase July 1, 2019 and again on July 1, 2020.

Funding for WSU classified staff increases are included within the 2019-21 state budget approved by the Washington Legislature and signed May 21 by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Proposed general wage increases for faculty, administrative professional staff and graduate students are still being developed, according to WSU’s offices of Finance and Administration and Human Resource Services.

Classified employees

The increases for classified staff are for represented and non-represented employees.

New salary schedules reflecting the increases are being implemented. Information and FAQ’s addressing eligibility, implementation, and funding for the increase will be posted to the Budget Office website.

Additionally, to address increases in the state’s minimum wage and other matters, lawmakers allocated funding to increase the salary range for targeted civil service classifications. The range changes take effect July 1, 2019.  Employees who are in a targeted classification will move to the same step in the new salary range with no impact to the periodic increment date.  HRS will notify employees who receive a salary range increase.

IT classification

Also, the state is implementing a new information technology professional/technical classification and compensation structure for classified staff effective July 1, 2019.

Position descriptions have been updated for those affected and are under review by HRS. This month, HRS will notify administrators / supervisors of the allocation decision. Employees will be notified after July 1, 2019.

Faculty, AP staff and grad students

Proposals for general wage increases for faculty, administrative professional staff, and graduate students are still being developed.  Executive Leadership will consider general wage increase proposals later this summer.

These increases are contingent on adopted tuition rates for the 2019-20 fiscal year and fall enrollment.