Arizona State University defines total compensation as more than the salary paid for the valuable work performed to support our ASU students' success.

Total compensation

  • Access to world-class educational opportunities at deeply discounted rates.
  • A comprehensive package of affordable benefit plans and programs.
  • Salary and wages paid.

The compensation area of the Office of Human Resources provides guidance, recommendations and strategic solutions. This unit consults with management to ensure equitable, fair treatment of staff and compliance with regulations and laws on these topics:

  • Compensation delivery mechanisms.
  • Job design.
  • Market dynamics.
  • Salary decisions.


  • Compliance with applicable regulations and financially responsible.
  • Considers the relevant market.
  • Flexibility in pay administration.
  • Provide opportunities to reward performance, proficiency, and outcomes.
  • Support employee’s desire for career growth.

The Office of Human Resources conducts periodic market studies to determine competitive pay in the labor market. Data on average and median pay from various salary surveys is used as the basis for the analysis. In addition, staff salary ranges were evaluated to take into account the new pay minimums that went into effect on Sept. 19, 2022. Updates to staff salary zones took effect on Sept. 19, 2022.

Arizona State University commits to maintaining a compensation structure reflective of job market dynamics. Each job is assigned a market zone consistent with compensation principles and market relationships.

Classification and job descriptions

Job classification is determined by defining and evaluating its authority level, duties and responsibilities. Use the Position Analysis Questionnaire form (PAQ) to determine a job classification.

Framework elements

  • Job category definitions: A systematic grouping of jobs generally in organizational order into which each staff job is assigned. These are also used for vacation accrual.
  • Market Reference Point: Relative pay rate for a job considering the market relationship.
  • Market Reference Zone is spread around MRP and varies by category.

References and resources

Salary guidelines

Consider the equity, expertise and performance of an employee to determine an appropriate salary. Before extending an offer to a candidate, ASU HR recommends these competency level guidelines:

Compensation partners

Unit Partner
Alumni Association Michael Forhan
Barrett Honors College Jennelle Rivers
Business and Finance, Financial Services Michael Forhan
Business and Finance, Business Services and Sustainability Michael Forhan
Business and Finance, Human Resources Michael Forhan
Business and Finance, University Real Estate Michael Forhan
Business and Finance, Facilities Development and Management Jennelle Rivers
Business and Finance, ASU Police Department Michael Forhan
Business and Finance, Office of Planning and Budget Jennelle Rivers
Business and Finance, University Technology Office Jennelle Rivers
Business and Finance, University Audit Jennelle Rivers
College of Global Futures Jennelle Rivers
College of Health Solutions Jennelle Rivers
College of Law Jennelle Rivers
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Jennelle Rivers
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Michael Forhan
College of Nursing and Health Innovation Jennelle Rivers
College of Health Solutions Jennelle Rivers
College of Public Service and Community Solutions Jennelle Rivers
EdPlus at ASU Michael Forhan
Educational Outreach and Student Services Jennelle Rivers
Enterprise Marketing Jennelle Rivers
Global Launch Jennelle Rivers
Graduate College Jennelle Rivers
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Michael Forhan
Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering Michael Forhan
Knowledge Enterprise Jennelle Rivers
Lake Havasu City Programs Jennelle Rivers
Libraries Jennelle Rivers
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Jennelle Rivers
Media Relations and Strategic Communications Michael Forhan
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Jennelle Rivers
Office of the President Michael Forhan
Office of Government and Community Engagement Michael Forhan
Provost of the University Michael Forhan
SDA Administration Jennelle Rivers
Thunderbird School of Global Management Jennelle Rivers
University Administration, Office of General Counsel Michael Forhan
University College Michael Forhan
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Comm and KAET Michael Forhan
W.P. Carey School of Business Jennelle Rivers