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Salary Grade Structures

RISD’s grade structures are tools used to help administer compensation. RISD currently has three staff grade structures:

RISD designs its grade structures to be:

  • internally fair.
  • externally competitive (to recruit and retain).
  • efficient to administer.
  • financially sustainable (cost effective).

RISD’s grade structures consolidate and group numerous positions of similar internal value into a pay grade with a competitive pay range (minimum, 25th%, midpoint, 75th% and maximum).

Since numerous positions are grouped and consolidated into a single grade, the competitive pay range for a singular position will not always span the entire pay grade range. Rather the competitive pay range for a singular position is often narrower.

Also, RISD assigns a position to a grade based on the position content and market value, not the incumbent value.