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Benchmarking & Pay

Ever wonder how a position is assigned to a pay grade within our Texas State salary structure? Below you'll find information on the steps involved in benchmarking and compensating positions.

One of our compensation goals is to establish compensation levels for positions on the basis of their scope and impact relative to markets. 

For a complete breakdown of our pay structure, please visit the University Pay Plan.

How we benchmark our positions

1) Classify

First, information is gathered to determine the scope of the main responsibilities, specific duties, decision making autonomy and reporting lines of each position. Next, the position is analyzed against existing positions so that it aligns and fits within the University Pay Plan. 

2) Compare to Market Data

Second, positions are then compared to market data based on 1) industry (e.g., higher education, public sector); 2) institution size, and; 3) geography (e.g., local, regional or national). The labor markets for Texas State staff are the Local, University and Athletics markets.

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3) Salary Survey Research

Third, once the appropriate scope for the position is determined, we rely on salary survey sources to identify other similar positions in the market. A market position must match at least 70% of the responsibilities of a Texas State position to be considered a match. A position with a direct market comparison is called a benchmark position.

4) Benchmark Positions at Market Rate

Next, benchmark positions are matched to the median market salary. This is how pay grades are assigned to positions. The “market rate” for Texas State staff positions is benchmarked at 96% and the minimum pay plan rate is placed on the nearest pay grade for the position.  (E.g., If a market median salary for a position is $47,000, that position is assigned to pay grade 22.) 

If there is not a direct benchmark for a position, the position is compared against a known benchmark position and a relative value or a "plug" is created. A "plug" is used to establish the relative value of a position when market data is unavailable.


Texas State offers various types of pay, from base annual salary, merit and state longevity. We also provide a summary of your total compensation package, including your benefits. Click below to learn more.

For more information, visit the Classification and Compensation Policy - UPPS 04.04.11.