Pay structures and salary grades
Learn about classification, market data and salary grades, the three key factors that contribute to establishing pay structures at Northwestern. Read about pay structures and salary grades.
Here at Northwestern University, we recognize that your compensation is an important aspect of your relationship with the University. It is one of the reasons why you come to work every day – and one way you are rewarded for your work effort and contribution.
HR's Compensation staff oversees Northwestern’s compensation policies and principles to ensure equitable and competitive pay practices across the university. Our compensation program is designed to attract, retain, and motivate engaged employees by implementing compensation practices that:
Provide school/unit supervisors and managers with advice and recommendations on staff compensation matters.
Perform job evaluations to ensure pay practices align to external market standards and pay practices encourage internal equity.
Research and complete analyses on relevant benchmarks to assist schools/units with salary planning, new hire, reclassification and/or promotional pay decisions.
Ensure staff roles are classified appropriately in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and other state regulations.