Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Oregon State University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tracey Yee
Classification and Compensation Manager
Office of Human Resources
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Number of employees:
5639

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
5639

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
245

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
245

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

OSU established a formal compensation philosophy in 2012 with a goal to provide competitive salary practices, through comparison to appropriate talent markets, that are fair, equitable and financially sustainable. Staff and faculty compensation will be assessed and updated by a well-defined, professional, repeatable process that yields an objective benchmark analysis of compensation levels, that reflects market competitiveness of base salaries. Compensation for union-represented employees is set through a collective bargaining process, which includes assessment of base pay and benefits based on market survey and Consumer Price Index data.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
5639

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
245

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

OSU implemented a formal compensation program in December 2013 based on extensive salary benchmarking for Professional Faculty positions, by local, regional, and national markets - as well as by public, private sector, or higher education markets. This data will be updated and revised approximately every 2 years, and OSU's commitment is to provide competitive pay practices that are fair and equitable, as per the institution's Compensation Philosophy. Collective bargaining for union-represented employees occurs biennially, and salary comparisons and market survey data inform the compensation adjustment discussions as part of the negotiation process.

Additionally, OSU and the OSU Board of Trustees adopted a set of policies and standards based on the State of Oregon and former Oregon University System laws, rules, and guidelines overlay OSU practices. OSU is well within meeting the Oregon minimum wage rules and ensures that employees of contractors are compensated according to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries wage and hour laws.

Locally, OSU considers local governmental compensation practices such as the City of Corvallis Living Wage Ordinance. Under this ordinance, the City has established a living wage rate as of July 1, 2014 of $12.49 per hour, and this ordinance is one of many factors considered when OSU established its compensation philosophy.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

The lowest paid regular, full-time employees receive the equivalent of $21.65 per hour in wages and employer-paid insurance benefits, not including additional benefits such as paid sick, vacation, or personal leave.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

The lowest paid regular, part-time employees who work at least 80 hours per month receive approximately $14.50 per hour in wages and pro-rated employer-paid insurance benefits. This does not include additional benefits such as pro-rated sick, vacation, or personal leave.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

The lowest paid represented temporary, non-regular, staff receive a minimum of $11.47 per hour in wages.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

The lowest paid temporary, non-regular, adjunct, or contingent faculty receive a minimum of $30.98 per hour in wages and benefits.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

The lowest paid student employees receive $9.25 per hour.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
9.25 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

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