Salary Increases Announced for Non-represented Employees

At Kent State University, our employees are our most valued resource. In order to remain competitive in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest talent, we will utilize the same approach from last year for salary increases for our non-represented classified and unclassified employees.

The tiered structure of salary increases is outlined here:

Employee Annual Salary

       2019 Salary Increase

          Below $80,000

                    2%

       $80,000-$110,000

                   1.5%

         Above $110,000

                    1%

We are pleased to be able to reward employees with salary increases during a period of declining enrollment and budgetary constraints. This tiered structure allows us to achieve the greatest impact for the largest number of employees - more than 80 percent of non-represented staff earn less than $80,000 annually. This pay increase is retroactive as outlined below, and will be reflected in the Oct. 11 or Oct. 15 paycheck.

Salary increases are just one part of employees' overall compensation, which also includes university contributions for healthcare benefits, retirement plans, tuition waiver, and vacation and sick leave.

More specific details on staff salary increases, including eligibility, are listed below. Questions should be directed to the Compensation office at 330-672-8325 or compensation@kent.edu.

Classified Employees Pay Increase Timetable:

  • The pay increase is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2019. The increase will be reflected in the Oct. 11, 2019, paycheck.
  • Employees hired on or after Sept. 1, 2019, are not eligible for the increase.
  • Upon completion of a probationary period, employees hired between May 1, 2019, and Sept. 1, 2019, are eligible for the pay increase.
  • Eligible employees must have a current satisfactory, signed performance evaluation on file in Human Resources. Employees who receive an overall performance rating of "Needs to Improve" on their evaluation will not receive any pay increase until they reach the "Usually Meets" level of performance.
  • Employees must be eligible for a paycheck on Oct. 11, 2019, in order to receive the pay increase.

Unclassified Employees Pay Increase Timetable:

  • The pay increase is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2019, and will be reflected in the Oct. 15, 2019, paycheck.
  • Employees hired on or after June 1, 2019, are not eligible for the increase.
  • Eligible employees must have a current satisfactory, signed performance evaluation on file in Human Resources. Employees who receive an overall rating of "Unsatisfactory" on their performance evaluation will not receive any pay increase.
  • Continuing unclassified employees are eligible for this pay increase. Eligibility involving grant funded and term positions will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the applicable department and the appointing authority through the initiation and processing of appropriate paperwork. However, all of these groups must have met the performance evaluation eligibility criteria described above.
  • Employees must be eligible for a paycheck on Oct. 15, 2019, in order to receive the pay increase.