Compensation Q&A

  1. What is the Compensation Plan and where do I find it on the Web?
    The Compensation Plan is a collection of salary schedules, definitions and application of overtime eligibility designations, assignment pay premiums, shift premiums and standby pay rates as determined by the Assistant Director of State Human Resources. The salary schedules include the minimum and maximum amounts for each salary range assigned to the class. Visit the Compensation Plan Components web page for more information.
  2. Where do I find the Salary Schedules? 
    All salary schedules are listed under the Compensation & Job Classes tab on this website. 
  3. Which salary schedule do I use if I am a union member?  
    The salary schedule used by union represented employees will be listed by the name of the union. Find the name of your union under the column for Union Represented employees and click on the link.  
  4. How do I know if I am a union member?  
    If you do not know if you are a union member, you should contact your agency’s human resources department.     
  5. What is a general wage adjustment?
    general wage adjustment is a pay adjustment given to state employees. This adjustment is authorized and funded by the state legislature. This amount may vary, based on your union representation and the amount that was bargained for your behalf. The final amount is subject to legislative approval.   
  6. What is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?  
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a Federal law which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.
  7. What is the Washington Minimum Wage Act (WMWA)?
    The Washington Minimum Wage Act is the state law that establishes the state’s minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, paid sick leave provisions and protection from retaliation and discrimination. The WMWA requirements can be found under 49.46 RCW.
  8. What is overtime pay and when is overtime pay appropriate?  
    Overtime pay is available to all employees in overtime eligible positions who work in excess of 40 hours in a work week. Time absent from work for vacation, holiday (holidays do count), sick, or other paid leave is not counted as time worked for the purpose of computing overtime hours. Employees in overtime eligible positions must obtain supervisory approval prior to working overtime.  
  9. What does it mean for a position to be Overtime Eligible (OE) or Overtime Exempt (OEx)?
    Each state position is assigned a Work Period Designation by their agency’s Human Resource representative of either “Overtime Eligible” or “Overtime Exempt”.  These positions are covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act  (FLSA) overtime regulations.
Last updated
Thursday, June 3, 2021
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