University of Wisconsin–Madison

Title and Total Compensation Study

UW–Madison, in collaboration with UW System, is conducting a study of current job titles and compensation. This review of more than 30,000 employees across UW System will help create sustainable ways to maintain market-informed job titles and compensation to continue to attract and retain the best talent.

There are currently more than 1,800 distinct job titles across System campuses, nested in five employee categories. This large number of job titles is excessive and redundant, causes confusion and is not well understood. Existing job titles system-wide do not always accurately reflect job duties, and total compensation (defined as direct pay plus the value of benefits) may not consistently reflect the job markets where we compete. The last market comparison UW System conducted for Academic Staff salary ranges was in 1986. University Staff salaries have never had a comprehensive evaluation.

The joint UW–Madison and UW System Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Study is a comprehensive effort to develop a new titling and compensation strategy to meet the unique needs of all UW System institutions.

The study will cover three areas:

  • Job titles, compensation structures, and related labor market data for Academic Staff, Post-Degree Training Appointments, Limited Appointees, and University Staff;
  • Employee benefits structures (except state-administered programs that include retirement and health insurance) for Faculty and all staff; and
  • Compensation structures for graduate teaching, research, and program assistants.

The UW–Madison portion of this study will involve campus project teams, focus groups, and forums, to ensure the UW–Madison campus community has the opportunity to engage in the process.