Step 6: Determine appropriate allocation

State HR - Comp & Class

Contact information

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

To make an appropriate allocation:

  • Compare the duties of the position with the relevant class specifications.
  • Use the allocating criteria of the classes. 
  • Allocate based on the majority (51%) of work assigned to a position and performed by the incumbent.

Sometimes you may need to allocate when the duties are not a perfect fit to any of the classes in the class plan. You will need to decide which class specification best describes the majority of duties and level of responsibility assigned to the position.

Do not consider:

  • Volume of work
  • Desired salary
  • Comparisons of other employees’ positions (except in terms of determining level of authority of incumbent’s position, supervisory/lead responsibility, etc.)
  • Expertise and training (unless a legal requirement)
  • Performance or ability to perform higher-level or different work
  • Seniority

Once you determine the appropriate class you are ready to write your decision.

Additional tips and considerations

  • WAC 357-13-050
  • Refer to any internal policies and/or procedures for guidance.
  • Avoid allocating to a generic (broad) class when the position’s duties and responsibilities are clearly described by a more specific classification.

Position allocation guidance steps

  1. Ensure current and accurate position description
  2. Determine relevant class specifications
  3. Understand allocating criteria
  4. Understand duties in position description
  5. Conduct desk audit
  6. [Current page] Determine appropriate allocation
  7. Write your decision


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