Case Study: Job Classification Plan

Most government entities share their compensation structure publicly. They use a job classification plan where pay rates are based on compensable factors such as knowledge and skills similar to the federal government’s General Schedule (GS) system.
Jobs are grouped into seven classifications, ranging from Grade 1 through Grade 7. Over time, employees receive pay increases according to length of service (Steps 1–4), and progression through the steps assumes a minimum of acceptable performance.
Below is an example of a city’s waiting period within steps and published job structure:

Waiting Period Step 1 to 2: One year Step 2 to 3: One year and six months Step 3 to 4: Two years


Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
1 31200 32240 33280 34320
2 35360 36400 37440 38480
3 39520 40560 41600 42640
4 43680 44720 45760 46800
5 47840 48880 49920 50960
6 52000 53040 54080 54080
7 56160 57200 58240 59280
  1. Using the schedule above, calculate the number of years it would take an employee to advance from their starting position in Grade 4 (Step 1) to Step 4 if they demonstrate acceptable performance.
  2. Another employee asked what their salary would likely be after completing two additional years of service. This employee just entered their first year in Grade 4 (Step 2). If they were to demonstrate acceptable performance, what would their expected salary be after completing two additional years of service?
  3. All pay rates typically increase each year based on changes in the consumer price index. Calculate the salary for each step in Grade 7 based on an overall 3% increase.

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