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NextLevel State Work Phase 3: Compensation Study and Implementation

Beginning Oct. 16, agencies in the state's civil service will begin to use new pay plans — a general plan, and separate plans for healthcare and information technology. These changes will affect employees in agencies within the state's civil service system — with pay adjustments being realized on Nov. 9 paychecks. These new pay plans are the result of the compensation study announced as part of the NextLevel State Work initiative that was implemented at the beginning of the year to address challenges in recruitment, retention and overall employee wellness.

On this page you will find the new pay plans, a copy of the final compensation study findings in the form of a public report, and an FAQ document.

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Pay Plan and Salary Grades


Job Categories

The state's classification system is broken down by job categories. Each job category has assigned job codes. Job codes use the format 1AA1 through 9ZZ7. The first number of the job code indicates the job category, while the last number indicates skill level. Any new hire will start at the minimum of the salary range, unless otherwise posted. The descriptions listed for each job category are to be used as a general guideline and may not be all inclusive.  

Clerical, Office Machine Operators, and Technicians (COMOT)
Codes: 3AA1-3ZZ2, SSWBB

These are positions that would be "clerical" in nature and may not require college training or specific professional training. The following are positions that would
be considered "clerical": Clerical Assistants, Account Clerks, Stores Clerks, Secretaries, Claims Takers
Executive, Scientific and Medical (ESM)
Codes: EAA1-EZZ7, EXBB

These are positions such as Directors, Department Heads or highly specialized occupations.
Labor, Trades, and Crafts (LTC)
Codes: 4AA1-4ZZ3, SSWBB

These positions would be considered "general labor and or maintenance" and help maintain and repair state facilities. The following are positions that would be considered general labor/maintenance:
Building Custodians, Auto Mechanics, Maintenance Repairperson, Grounds Foreman
Professional, Administrative, and Technological (PAT)
Codes: 1AA1-2ZZ5, ITBB

Occupations that require specialized or theoretical knowledge through college training or through extensive work experience that requires on-going training, which provides
comparable knowledge.
Protective Occupations-Law Enforcement (POLE)
Codes: 5AA1-5ZZ2

These are positions such as Correctional Officers, Security Guards, Arson Investigators and Conservation Officers
Supervisors and Managers (SAM)
Codes: 6AA1-6ZZ8; 7AA1-7ZZ8; 8AA1-8ZZ5; 9AA1-9ZZ6

These occupations normally require a level of formal education which ranges from completion of high school through an advanced college level degree depending upon both
the job category supervised and level of job in the supervisory hierarchy.