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Announcements and Updates

2023 Merit Increase Program

As shared by President Cartwright in December 2022, UCF committed to launching a salary program in Spring 2023, designed to recognize merit and performance following the completion of annual evaluations in February. Information regarding the program, eligibility, and frequently asked questions is now available below.

Questions regarding the 2023 Merit Increase Program should be directed to your HRBC Leader.

Classification & Compensation Resources

The documents and information located here will help employees and supervisors learn how to classify positions, find job titles and look up pay grades for positions. They are important individual and managerial tools for planning career growth at UCF.

UCF Salary Administration

This document outlines a set of pay guidelines for managing compensation for Administrative and Professional (“A&P”) and University Support Personnel System (“USPS”) positions at UCF, addressing common employment scenarios.

UCF Salary Administration Guidelines

These pay guidelines provide a framework for paying employees fairly and competitively; increasing transparency and understanding; promoting consistency in pay practices; aligning university rewards philosophy with institutional purpose, values, and strategy; and providing trust and confidence in our compensation process and decisions.

The guidelines can help answer many of your compensation questions, including but not limited to:

  1. UCF salary structure
  2. Compensation decisions and salary adjustments
  3. Job and position descriptions
  4. Pay delivery mechanisms
  5. Job families and sub-families
  6. Setting starting salaries for new-hires
  7. One-time performance payments
  8. Special pay increases
  9. Shift differentials

Retroactive Payment Pay Practice

Retroactive pay (retro pay) occurs when the deadline for submitting paperwork on a new hire or rehire has been missed, or money is owed to an employee for work already performed at a lower wage rate. This document outlines the types of retro pay adjustments allowed and important timing considerations.

UCF Retroactive Payment Pay Practice

Working/Functional Title Review & Approval Procedure

New working/functional titles must be submitted to UCF Compensation for review and approval to ensure the working title reasonably reflects the responsibilities and levels of the position in question. Follow these guidelines to submit a proposed employee title.

Functional Title Review & Approval Procedure

Job Families, Classifications, and Pay

Job Families and Job Classifications

Job Families are positions grouped together by common vocations/professions that have similar knowledge, skills, and abilities at different levels of the job. Thus, a job family has jobs at progressing levels defining a career path for an individual with incremental requirements of the similar knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Job Sub-Families are sub-sets within a job family and are used to further group jobs. The job family framework helps to group jobs by the nature of the work rather than by the organizational or reporting structure. Peers within a department are likely part of the same job family and may be part of the same job function.

We are currently working on updating the Job Families & Job Classifications page. Please check back soon. For immediate assistance regarding job families and classifications, please contact Thank you.

A&P and USPS Employee Pay Plan

Pay for positions at UCF is based on the university’s pay plan. According to the pay plan, each position is assigned a title and job code and is placed in a pay grade based on the duties outlined in the position description.

A&P and USPS Employee Pay Plan

UCF Career Levels

Careers leveling and progression at UCF follows a three or four-level model. Each level is defined by job characteristics such as organizational impact, complexity, and leadership responsibility, as well as knowledge and experience requirements.

UCF Career Levels

Pay Grades

The UCF salary structure framework assigns a pay grade to every staff job. The salary structure reflects these levels and their associated competitive market ranges.

UCF A&P and USPS Salary Structure

Pay Grade Placement Guide

Tools for Compensation Actions

Compensation Actions Checklist

Some Compensation actions may require supporting documents.  The following link provides a complete list of compensation actions and their supporting documents.

Position Descriptions

A position description is a document that specifically identifies the objectives, duties, and responsibilities of a position. The position description forms for A&P and USPS positions are located on the HR website under Forms & Documents.

The following links provide helpful tips for writing position descriptions.

Written Justification

Detailed written justification is needed for compensation actions resulting in a salary increase, such as a reclassification, a special pay increase, or a new hire salary request beyond the typical pay practices. The written justification must be detailed and straightforward in order for HR-Compensation to analyze and substantiate the need for the requested compensation action. A one-sentence written justification typically does not suffice and may cause a delay in the processing of the compensation action request.

When submitting a written justification, it is important to ensure that the compensation action request clearly explains the business need for the action. The written justification must include in detail how the position has changed, evolved, or increased in regards to the primary job duties, such as the following:

  • Accountability of the employee in carrying out his/her job duties;
  • Level of responsibility (i.e. job duties);
  • Level of complexity;
  • Span of supervision exercised; and/or
  • Re-Organization of the college or department.

For submitting written justifications, please do the following:

  • For Hire or Edit ePAFs, attach the written justification to the ePAF or include the justification in the Comments box of the ePAF.
  • For Position Change ePAFs, include the justification in the Comments box of the ePAF or email the written justification to
  • For New Hires (PeopleAdmin), email the written justification to

If organizational charts for your college or department are available, please submit with the written justification as noted above.

Current UCF Regulations related to HR-Compensation:

Budget Entities

Budget entities are located on the List of Departments/Projects with Attributes spreadsheet (under UCF Financials ChartField List) on the Finance and Accounting (F&A) website.  Budget entities are located in Column H (Budget Entity).

Budget entities are also located in PeopleSoft in the Department Table (PeopleSoft  > Set UP HRMS > Foundation Tables > Organization > Departments).  After searching by department number, the third tab (Cf Dept Extra1 – Budget Ent Xlat) will indicate the budget entity.





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Budget entity definitions can be found on the F&A website.

Approval Process for a Compensation Override by the President and Vice Presidents

The following link shows the current process for requesting a Compensation override by the President and Vice Presidents.

Collective Bargaining Unit Classifications

Below are the current Collective Bargaining Unit Classifications at UCF.

The United Faculty of Florida (UFF) is an affiliate of the Florida Education Association (FEA). The organization has the responsibility for collective bargaining representation of all in-unit faculty (and about 40 A&P employees) at UCF.  In-unit faculty and A&P employees generally do not have supervisory responsibilities and comprise the bulk of our instructional unit.  To link to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the latest version is available at:

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents a significant portion of USPS staff here at the University of Central Florida. View the Collective Bargaining Agreement here.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (PBA) represents  sworn law enforcement officers, corporals, sergeants, and investigators employed in regular positions by the University of Central Florida. View the Collective Bargaining Agreement here.

Florida Minimum Wage Increase

On November 3, 2020, Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which amends Florida’s constitution to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.65 an hour to $15.00 an hour by the year 2026.

On September 30, 2021, the minimum wage rose to $10.00 per hour and every September 30 following, the minimum wage will increase $1.00 per hour through 2026 for non-tipped employees, according to the following schedule:

  • $8.65 on January 1, 2021
  • $10.00 on September 30, 2021
  • $11.00 on September 30, 2022
  • $12.00 on September 30, 2023
  • $13.00 on September 30, 2024
  • $14.00 on September 30, 2025
  • $15.00 on September 30, 2026

Beginning September 30, 2027, future minimum wage increases will revert to being adjusted annually for inflation.

Accordingly, all employers are required to pay employees at least the new minimum rate of $10 an hour or $6.98 plus tips for tipped employees effective September 30, 2021.

UCF Impact


  • All employees earning less than $10 an hour as of September 30, 2021, were automatically adjusted to $10 an hour by HR Payroll Services.
  • All employee actions with an effective date of September 30, 2021, or after must be paid at least the new hourly rates outlined above.


  • Salaries for current non-exempt employees whose hourly rate of pay as of September 30, 2022 is less than $11.00 have been programmatically updated in Workday.
  • HRBCs who hire employees with a hire date of September 30, 2022 or later must have an hourly rate of $11.00 or greater listed in the Workday action.


  • Salaries for current non-exempt employees whose hourly rate of pay as of September 30, 2023 is less than $12.00 have been programmatically updated in Workday.
  • HRBCs who hire employees with a hire date of September 30, 2022 or later must have an hourly rate of $12.00 or greater listed in the Workday action.