Because APSU hires faculty and staff from a broad geographic area, salary data will
be obtained from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
(CUPA-HR) or other sources using peer institutions. Peer institutions are considered
relatively equivalent to Austin Peay in terms of University mission, Carnegie classification
and enrollment. If salary data is not available for a position using the peer institutions, data may be obtained from a larger sample of institutions.
Using CUPA-HR’s salary survey data, each role at Austin Peay is assigned a comparator
and position description. Comparator codes, or CIP codes for faculty, are used to
correlate APSU employees with peer institution's position and salary data.
Managers will be responsible for negotiating a fair and market-based salary for new
employees, in consultation with the unit head, i.e., vice president, executive director.
Human Resources will provide a hiring range for new employees based on the assigned
CUPA-HR comparator and position description. Managers will consider market data, years
of experience, unique and highly qualified skill sets, budgetary constraints and inversion
and compression issues. When negotiating a salary offer, if a manager determines
that conditions warrant a salary offer above the market median he or she may request
an exception from the unit head.