Straight to Questions & Answers
On July 1, 1996, the State implemented a new classification and
compensation system to streamline the process of defining state
jobs and determining pay for classified staff.
Called "broadbanding," these administrative changes make the
system easier to use and understand. Broadbanding does not alter
your current salary, although you do have a new state job title.
The S.C. Budget and Control Board's Office of Human Resources
was directed to simplify and improve the existing classification
and compensation system. Since its establishment in 1969, the system
has grown to include over 2,500 job classes and 50 pay grades. It
had the potential of becoming even more complicated. In the effort
to simplify the system, job classes have been reduced to less than
800 and pay grades have been consolidated into 10 pay bands.
Impact of the Changes
Although you have a new state title, you will notice few other
changes under the new system. There are no salary increases or
decreases associated with these changes. Your new salary range
is larger than your current range.
New Job Classes and Titles
To reduce the number of job classes and titles, the State
took the current classes that are similar in function and grouped
them together into more general job classes. The combined job
classes have been assigned new titles.
For example, throughout state government, mid- to upper-level
managers were classified in dozens of categories, but many now fall
under the general title of Program Manager, regardless of where
they work or their job assignment.
New Pay Bands
The former pay schedule had 50 separate pay grades. The new
pay schedule consists of 10 broader pay bands. The new pay bands
have more jobs within a single salary range, and the University
has more flexibility to determine salaries and salary increases
within these bands.
Your former pay grade determined your band assignment in the new
system. For example, if you were an Administrative Assistant I,
Grade 25 with an annual salary of $23,000 per year, your salary
remains the same, your job is in Band 4, and your job title has
been changed to Administrative Assistant.
The following chart shows how the former grade levels fit into
the new pay bands.
This chart is effective July 1, 2001. Visit the Salary Chart webpage to view current salary ranges by band.
Questions and Answers
Q. Why did the State change the system?
A. To reduce the number of job classes and make it simpler
for state agencies to manage employee compensation by placing more
responsibility for day-to-day decisions at the agency level.
Q. Does the change in pay grades affect my salary?
A. No salary increases or decreases are associated with
Q. How do the classification and compensation changes affect
me and my job?
A. You should notice only minor changes. Your state job
title has changed and your salary range is wider. Your pay level
and job duties do not change.
Q. Since the broader pay ranges decrease the number of reclassifications,
are there other ways for my salary to increase?
A. Yes. Though there will be fewer reclassifications, the
University will be able to recognize significant job changes with
"in-band" pay increases for:
Please refer to the University's policy for specifics on the awarding
of salary increases.
- employees assigned significant additional duties,
- outstanding performance by employees, or
- employees who develop additional knowledge/skills that enhance
Q. How will in-band salary increases be funded?
A. Funding for in-band pay increases will come from the
University's existing budget.
Q. How can I find out my new title and salary range?
A. The University's Salary Administration Office sent a
letter in July to every employee confirming your state title and
Q. Who should I call if I have more questions?
A. You can call the University's Salary Administration Office
at 777.3111 if you have questions about the new classification and
compensation system and how it affects you as an employee or supervisor.