Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.05
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date June 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

The University of Texas at Dallas
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.95 / 3.00 Thea Junt
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Number of employees:
5183

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
3510

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:
383

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

The UT Dallas compensation philosophy serves the University as a tool to attract and retain a high-performing, diverse and motivated workforce. Through application of this philosophy, UT Dallas strives to reflect and support the academic and business needs necessary for strategic growth, and to recruit, retain and recognize top performers who bring value to the educational and employment experience of students, faculty and staff.
The UT Dallas compensation philosophy aims to achieve the following based on our mission and values:
• attract, motivate, and retain qualified employees
• recognize and reward exceptional performance based on an employee’s individual achievement and contribution to the growth and success of the University
• encourage and support skill development and advancement for each person
• appropriate application and consideration of relevant external market pay rates and practices balanced with an awareness of internal equity, fairness and compliance with applicable federal and state laws
• prohibit discrimination or adverse impact or treatment in regards to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy,) age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity and other protected classes
• foster understanding of pay decisions and responsible pay practices
• maintain a fair and transparent process for compensation decisions to minimize inequities and develop consistency in pay for equal work requiring equal skills, abilities and responsibilities
• support, reinforce, and align compensation decisions with budgetary and financial strategies with a goal of growth and sustainability
The Office of Human Resources is responsible for the administration of the compensation program; however, every employee and manager has a responsibility to ensure the success of the program and adherence to the Compensation Practices and Standards


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
No

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
3510

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
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A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

UTD does have a compensation standard and practices which is posted on the UTD HR website. In addition, all full-time employees are paid higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr.

UT Dallas remains in compliance with the regulations set by local, state and federal minimum wage. There are different factors that contribute how employees are compensated including, but not limited to, budget constraints, internal equity, market specific equity in the D/FW geographic area, research agreements/grants or contracts, availability of skills and university critical needs. UTD salaries are regularly reviewed to ensure our salaries are competitive amongst other institutions of higher education in the metro area.

The UTD classified staff salary structure ranges from the lowest grade with a minimum rate of $20,918.20/annual or $10.06/hr, to the highest grade with a minimum rate of $74,109.44/annual or $35.63. Non-graded (Administrative & Professional) positions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure compliance with regulations and fair and equitable compensation.


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

The UTD salary structure is in compliance with the regulations set forth by local, state and federal minimum wage. The lowest pay range has a minimum rate of $20,918.20/annual or $10.06/hr.

The average university contribution for employee benefits is 30%.


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

The UT Dallas classified staff salary structure is in compliance with the regulations set forth by local, state and federal minimum wage. The lowest pay range has a minimum rate of $20,918.20/annual or $10.06/hr. Part-time compensation is generally calculated as the appropriate full-time rate * FTE (cannot be greater than 1). For example, an employee working .5 FTE (20 hours/week) would receive a rate of no less than .5(20,918.20) or $10,459.10/annual.


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

UT Dallas remains in compliance with the regulations set by local, state and federal minimum wage. The lowest permissible hourly rate is $7.25. The lowest paid classified staff makes $10.10/hr.


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

UT Dallas remains in compliance with the regulations set by local, state and federal minimum wage. Compensation is determined by factors such as, but not limited to, course/subject, number of students, workload and demand, etc..


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

UT Dallas remains in compliance with the regulations set by local, state and federal minimum wage. The lowest permissible hourly rate is $7.25. Undergraduate student workers do not make less than the federal minimum wage, with most ranging between $8 - $10/hour. Graduate Students are paid on average $24,000 over 9 months for a part-time position of 20 hours/week.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
7.25 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?:
No

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
No

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

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