University of Wisconsin–Madison

What is Scaling?

Some jobs in the UW–Madison Title and Standard Job Description Library differ in scope, impact, and complexity based on responsibilities performed or based on the school, college, or division in which employees perform their job responsibilities. Scaling is a way to recognize these differences in scope, impact and complexity. A job that is not scaled has one salary grade. A scaled job has multiple salary grades that differ based on job market data. The salary grade of employees in a scaled job depends on the school, college, or division that the employee works in.

Which jobs are scaled?

Scaled jobs differ in scope, impact, and complexity when performed at different schools, colleges, or divisions. These jobs typically:

  • Exist across campus throughout schools, colleges, and divisions
  • Direct people and administrative functions
  • Have different salary ranges in the market based on the size of the organization

Which jobs are not scaled?

Most UW–Madison jobs are not scaled because they do not differ in scope, impact, or complexity when performed at different schools, colleges, or divisions. In the job market, the pay for these jobs do not differ based on the size of the organization. Jobs that are not scaled include:

  • Specialized jobs that do not change significantly in scope or complexity based on the size of the work unit.
  • Jobs that only exist in one or two divisions on campus.
  • Jobs where organizational size is already defined in the job description.
  • Jobs that function at the institutional level. Typically, these jobs have “(Inst)” at the end of their titles.

School/College/Division Scaling Categories

Schools, colleges, and divisions at UW–Madison are categorized as A, B, or C for scaling. Two criteria are used to categorize schools, colleges, and divisions:

  • A school/college/division’s expenditure over three years compared to the university’s total expenditure
  • A school/college/division’s number of full-time employees over three years compared to the university’s total full-time employees

Category A

  • College of Letters and Science (L&S)
  • School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH)

Category B

  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)
  • College of Engineering
  • Division of Enrollment Management
  • Division of Extension
  • Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
  • Division of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M)
  • General Services
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
  • School of Education
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University Housing
  • Wisconsin School of Business

Category C

  • Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching
  • Division of Business Services
  • Division of Continuing Studies
  • Division of Student Life
  • Division of the Arts
  • General Educational Administration
  • General Library System
  • International Division
  • Law School
  • Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Officer Education
  • Public Media
  • Recreation & Wellbeing
  • School of Human Ecology (SoHE)
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • University Health Services
  • UW–Madison Police Department
  • Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
  • Wisconsin Union
  • Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

An employee in a scaled job in a Category A school/college/division has a higher salary grade than an employee in the same job at a B or C Category school/college/division because the scope, complexity and impact of their jobs differ.

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