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IT professional structure

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Raad Building
128 10th Ave SW, PO Box 47500
Olympia, WA 98504-7500

What is the IT professional structure?

The IT professional structure is the general civil service classification and compensation structure specific to the states information technology workforce.  This structure was developed to:

  • Ensure enterprise and organizational alignment and equity
  • Improve opportunities for career growth
  • Keep pace with the rate of information technology industry change
  • Improve the states ability to benchmark work internally and externally

IT professional structure profile

This table shows the number of classified ITPS positions in General Government and Higher Education by job family (rows) and job level (columns):

Job level Entry Journey

Senior /


Expert IT Manager

IT Senior


Total number by

job family

Application Development

142 575 258 7 38 7 1,027

IT Architecture


13 120 8 1 8 150

IT Business Analysis

39 318 65 0 13 1 436
IT Customer Support 307 282 18 N/A 34


IT Data Management 26 225 100 0 16 1 368
IT Policy & Planning 0 7 20 0 29 43 99
IT Project Management 14 100 87 1 20 6 228
IT Quality Assurance 39 140 14 0 3 0 196
IT Security


67 71 3 10 10 161
IT System Administration 167 609 181 1 21 6 985
IT Vendor Management 1 3 4 0 3 2 13
Network & Telecommunications 39 158 127 0 14 6 344
Total number by job level 744 2,497 1,065 20 202 90 4,648

N/A = job level does not exist in that job family.

How is it different from other general civil service classification and compensation plans?

  • Allocation decisions are made by the organizations ITPS evaluation committee. The committee requirements are established in rule (WAC 357-13-058) and committees must include IT and HR professionals. The ITPS evaluation committee is trained to apply clearly defined critieria used to evaluate the work of a position captured in the IT position description. Evaluation results are input in the enterprise IT Position Evaluation Tool for position history and reporting purposes.
  • The ITPS salary schedule consists of 11 ranges and 13 steps. Progression through the salary schedule is the same as other general civil service salary schedules. The difference in the ITPS salary schedule is each range is independent and not related to the other ranges.  IT job classes (family + level) are assigned to one range on the new salary schedule.

Where can I find more information about the IT professional structure?

Online ITPS information

  • ITPS job descriptions: Descriptions for each job level in each job family are found on the Classified Job Listing page.
  • ITPS salary schedules: ITPS Salary schedules are posted under the Special Pay Ranges section on the Salary Schedules page.
  • ITPS position description: Form used specifically for classificed IT positions posted on the HR Forms page.
  • ITPS training: Online and classroom training specific to writing classified IT position descriptions and IT Evaluator's Training are posted in the states learning management system (LMS).

ITPS training & reference materials

IT position evaluation online training schedule

We will send invitations via GovDelivery to the HR Community and HR Manager lists, and registration will be available approximately 4 weeks prior to training.

Training date


Date registration opens

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes 30 minute break)

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Please note dates listed above are subject to change.


Last updated
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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