Pay Plan and Job Codes

University Pay Plan and Job Profiles

Pay for positions at The University of Texas at Austin is based on the university's pay plan. According to the pay plan, each position is assigned a title and job code.  Most are also placed in a salary range based on the duties outlined in the position description. Use the following resources to learn how to classify positions, find job titles and look up pay ranges for positions.

Position Classifications and Descriptions

Classification decisions are based solely on the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position. The Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ) (DOC) is a tool used by the Human Resources (HR) department to help develop or revise position descriptions and to assist in evaluating a position for appropriate classification.  Upon discussion with the appropriate HR contact to determine whether a job description or classification warrants creation or review, the employee currently performing the role will be asked to complete the PAQ form and forward to his/her supervisor for comments and approval. The supervisor will then forward the document to the appropriate HR contact for evaluation and recommendations of next steps.

Employees' overall credentials and personal circumstances are not considered in classifying positions. Examples of person-related factors that are not considered part of job classification include:

  • Performance
  • Longevity
  • Unusual qualifications not required to perform the job duties
  • Retention issues
  • Financial needs
  • Increased workload or volume of work
  • Future projects

Classified Pay Plan Titles and Pay Ranges

Classified titles are a combination of exempt and non-exempt positions in various job families. These are non-teaching positions. The position's duties and level of responsibility determine the assignment of a position to a classification. The majority of the University's staff titles are classified.  The Classification Plan is outlined in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. You may look up job titles and pay ranges online using the Job Profile catalog. To access the Job Profile catalog, university employees and contingent workers may find it by entering “Job Profile” in the Workday search bar. Human Resources also maintains a Public Pay Plan.

Administrative & Professional Titles

Administrative & Professional (A&P) titles are primarily exempt positions in various job families. They also are non-teaching positions. Unlike classified titles, A&P titles do not have written job descriptions or salary ranges.  Examples of A&P job duties include leading a department or budget unit; performing a state-licensed profession requiring a doctoral or professional degree; and, performing highly specialized work. 

Prior Approval and Restricted Job Classifications

Certain job classifications require prior approval for use from a central university office or are restricted for use only within a central university office. A list of these job classifications is reviewed and updated annually. Additionally, for classified titles, a note has been placed at the top of each job description to alert departments that the title is either restricted or requires prior approval. Contact your Strategic Workforce Solutions HR Consultant if you need assistance identifying a different classification. For the list of these job classifications, please see the spreadsheet Prior Approval and Restricted Job Classifications (PDF)