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Classified Pay Plan


The State of Vermont maintains a classified pay plan as required by 3 VSA § 310. The State's classified pay plan provides internal equity by establishing a common set of salary ranges for each position. Entry level rates, maximum rates and the systematic method for employees to move within the salary range are uniform and applied consistently for all employees governed by the compensation plan.

How is the Classified Pay Plan Structured?

There are pay grades 5 through 32 - each with a defined entry rate and maximum rate. Utilizing a point-factor job evaluation system, each job class within the classified service is assigned to one of these pay grades. Each pay grade has 15 steps. Usually new employees start at Step 1 (the probationary rate) in the assigned pay grade and typically serve a six-month probationary period. Upon successfully completing this probationary period the employee moves to Step 2 of the pay grade (known as the end-of probation rate) and continues to advance through the steps based upon a time-in-step system as outlined in the current bargaining agreement.

Features of the Classified Pay Plan

Specific features of the classified pay plan include:

  • End of Probation increases for employees who have completed their original probationary period within the classified service.
  • Step advancement within salary range based on longevity and satisfactory performance.
  • Merit increases may be granted for exceptional performance.
  • Market rate differentials granted to specific groups of positions.
  • Hiring above the minimum of the salary range in special circumstances.

Relevant Policies

Compensation for Classified Employees, Number 12.0
Step Movement, Number 12.1
Employee Recognition and Merit Bonus Awards, Number 7.1
Hire-Into-Range Requests, Number 12.2
Market Factor Adjustments, Number 12.3