Salary Policies

 

The Compensation function supports managers and employees with information and solutions on direct pay issues. The Budget Policy shows the current year’s plan for salary increases based on merit, promotion, reclassification and transfers, as well as detailing the associated budget processes. The Classified Compensation Policy is available for further detail.

The UTD Longevity Pay and Hazardous Duty Pay policies offer detail on how, when and how much compensation an employee may be eligible to receive during their employment at UT Dallas.

The UTD FLSA Policy, Overtime Policy, Holiday Policy, Compensatory Time Notice, and Compensation FAQ provide quick and easy references for topics related to payment of overtime and compensatory time.

We are here to provide advice and consultation regarding compensation policies.

The State of Texas provides additional compensation to employee with at least two years of State service. Eligible employees are paid $20/month for every two years of service, up to and including 42 years of service.

An employee’s status at the beginning of a month determines the longevity pay for that month.

Eligible Employees

All full-time non-academic employees, excluding law enforcement personnel, receive longevity pay. Full-time is defined as 40 hours per week. Non-academic is defined as:

  1. An employee whose appointment is within the classified titles
  2. An employee who has an administrative and professional appointment without regular teaching assignments.
Minimum Service Requirements

Upon completion of 24 months of service, longevity pay commences on the first day of the next month. An employee hired on September 1 of any given year completes 24 months of service on August 31, two years later. Longevity payments commence the first day of the next month, September 1. Accordingly, an employee hired on September 18 of any given year completes two years of service on September 17, two years later. Longevity pay commences the first day of the next month, October 1.

Transferred Employee Eligible for Longevity

An institution or agency employing an individual on the first day of the month will be responsible for longevity pay.

Recognized State Service

State service recognizes all service to the State including part-time, faculty, student employment, and legislative service.

Payroll Calculations

Longevity is included as part of an employee’s total compensation. It affects federal withholding, OASI, benefit calculations and retirement contributions. Longevity is paid from the same source of funds as an employee’s salary.

Lump Sum Payments Calculations

Longevity may not be considered in making calculations for lump sum vacation payments upon termination. It shall, however, be used in making calculations for lump sum payments of vacation and sick leave to the estate of a deceased employee.

Law enforcement personnel of The University of Texas at Dallas shall be entitled to Hazardous Duty Pay in accordance with applicable laws.

Eligibility

All full-time commissioned law enforcement personnel who have completed 12 months of service are eligible for Hazardous Duty Pay.

Minimum Service Requirements

Upon completion of 12 months of service, Hazardous Duty Pay commences on the first day of the next month at the specified rate and continues at that rate until the completion of another 12 month increment. If eligibility changes during the month, Hazardous Duty Pay is effective the first of the following month.

The amount of an employee’s Hazardous Duty Pay is based on the number of months served in a hazardous duty position, which is also known as “lifetime service credit.” The number of months is determined on the last day of the preceding month.

Transferred Employee Eligible for Hazardous Duty Pay

An institution or agency employing an individual on the first day of the month will be responsible for Hazardous Duty Pay.

Payroll Calculation

Hazardous Duty Pay is included in as part of an employee’s total compensation. It affects federal withholding, OASI, benefit calculations and retirement contributions. Hazardous Duty Pay is paid from the same source of funds as an employee’s salary.

Lump Sum Payment Calculation

Hazardous Duty Pay may not be considered in making calculations for lump sum vacation payments upon termination. If shall, however, be used in making calculations for lump sum payment of vacation and sick leave to the estate of a deceased employee.

Longevity Pay as it Relates to Hazardous Duty

If a state employee is receiving longevity pay and transfers after May 29, 1987, to a position requiring the performance of hazardous duty, the employee will continue to receive longevity pay for the years of service performed in the previously held position. The employee is not entitled to additional longevity pay for the period in which the employee receives Hazardous Duty Pay.