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IT professional structure

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Jefferson Building
1500 Jefferson Street SE, PO Box 47500
Olympia, WA 98501

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 June 2024:

Job level

Entry Journey

Senior /


Expert IT Manager

IT Senior


Total number by

job family

Application Development

137 610 356 10 50 10 1,173

IT Architecture


6 160 10 25 15 216

IT Business Analysis

44 346 139 4 12 2 547
IT Customer Support 323 395 52    N/A 36


IT Data Management 30 260 137 2 21 1 451
IT Policy & Planning 1 8 43 1 54 58 165
IT Project Management 7 102 155 1 28 8 301
IT Quality Assurance 25 160 43 0 7 0 235
IT Security


77 115 3 14 13 222
IT System Administration 122 704 281 4 19 7 1,137
IT Vendor Management 4 11 14 0 8 2 39
Network & Telecommunications 38 158 154 0 16 8 374
Total number by job level 731 2,837 1,649 35 290 124 5,666

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, August 14, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes 30 minute break) Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Wednesday, October 23, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes 30 minute break) Wednesday, September 25, 2024

Please note dates listed above are subject to change.


Last updated
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
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