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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) reported quarterly. Data shown as of October 2022:

Job level

Entry Journey

Senior /


Expert IT Manager

IT Senior


Total number by

job family

Application Development

141 570 298 8 43 10 1,070

IT Architecture


5 136 8 17 14 180

IT Business Analysis

40 313 95 1 13 2 464
IT Customer Support 305 319 26    N/A 35


IT Data Management 29 238 111 0 17 1 396
IT Policy & Planning 2 6 32 0 34 51 125
IT Project Management 9 101 113 1 26 5 255
IT Quality Assurance 30 136 26 0 4 0 196
IT Security


71 94 2 12 10 189
IT System Administration 159 618 221 2 20 8 1,028
IT Vendor Management 2 5 5 0 4 2 18
Network & Telecommunications 36 155 140 0 15 8 354
Total number by job level 753 2,537 1,297 22 240 111 4,960

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 on the Salary Schedules page.
  • ITPS position description: Form used specifically for classified IT positions posted on the HR Forms page.
  • How to Complete the IT Position Description: Online narrated training demonstrating how to complete the IT Position Description form.

ITPS training and reference materials

IT position evaluation online training schedule


Training Participant Eligibility:  Only HR professionals and IT Managers that have been identified and notified by their agency/HE they will be a member of their organization's ITPS Evaluation Committee are eligible to attend.

IT Position Evaluation Training invites are sent to the ITPS Coordinator's for distribution to eligible HR professionals and IT Managers. Registration will open approximately 4-weeks prior to training.


Training date


Date registration opens

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes 30 minute break) Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Please note dates listed above are subject to change.


Last updated
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
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