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RISD Compensation Program

At Rhode Island School of Design, we are committed to organizational excellence and to delivering on our mission of providing exemplary art and design education. This commitment is met and supported, in part, by providing a total compensation program (salary plus benefits) that enables us to attract and retain a qualified and diverse workforce.

Our total compensation philosophy and program are designed to be simple, clear, transparent, and aligned with our mission and the values of our strategic plan.

Finally, we strive to create and maintain a program that is

  • sustainable
  • fiscally and socially responsible
  • adaptable to operational and staffing needs
  • compliant with all applicable laws, including equal pay laws, equal employment opportunity laws, benefits regulations, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The downtown Providence riverwalk, which runs alongside the hear of RISD campus

Salary Administration Process

Find information about RISD’s salary administration process, including position descriptions, salary grade structures and a helpful glossary of terms.

Salary Adjustments

An employee’s salary may change throughout their course of employment at RISD. Read about market adjustments, promotions, general increases and other parts of RISD’s compensation program.

Aon Compensation Project Updates

RISD partnered with Aon, an objective and external third-party compensation advisor, to help create a consistent and modern framework that aligns with the institution’s mission, incorporates best practices, is fair and compliant, and enables the recruitment, retention and reward of RISD employees.

Total Compensation Program Guide Book

For complete information about RISD’s Total Compensation program, view the 2022-2023 Total Compensation Program Guide Book.