Classification and Compensation

Missouri State University's workforce is its most vital resource and it is the intention of the university that the compensation plan demonstrates the high value the university holds for its employees.

Full-time staff jobs are classified into job families, pay grades and pay ranges.

Compensation Philosophy: Compensation shall be externally competitive when compared to the appropriate market, internally equitable, and based upon individual performance, qualifications required, and the complexity, scope, and impact of the work performed.

Performance should be directly linked to obtaining pay rewards.

Job classification system

This system organizes university jobs into a consistent structure.

Job descriptions

Each full-time position has a unique job description.

Pay grades and ranges

Pay grades contain jobs of similar value; all jobs in a pay grade have the same salary range.

Work hours, flextime and telecommuting

The University workweek is defined as a seven-day period that begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday and ends at 12:00 midnight Sunday. A normal workweek of 40 hours is established for most employees. Flex scheduling is available for some positions.


There are several options for how overtime is handled for nonexempt employees.

Salary administration

These policies define how salaries, promotions, transfers and reclassifications are handled.

Salary surveys

The reports that compare MSU positions to similar positions elsewhere.

Exempt and nonexempt status

This status affects how employees are paid and how time or leave is recorded.

Contact information

Jamie L. Patrick

Jamie L. Patrick

Assistant Director, Human Resources - Compensation and Information Management

Responsible for the administration of job classification and compensation programs, salary administration and classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Supervises the HR Records Team.

Michele M. Bogart

Michele M. Bogart

Human Resources Senior Records Technician

Senior Records Technician

Tamara L. Hernandez

Tamara L. Hernandez

Senior Human Resources Records Technician