Montana State University

Office of Planning and Analysis

Average Salary Increases

At each biennial session, the Montana State Legislature approves a State Pay Plan to fund percentage salary increases for different categories of state employees. Increases for classified employees throughout the state are a result of collective bargaining with unions, the largest of which is the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA). Generally, the State Pay Plan includes equal percentage increases for all employees of state agencies. However, the Legislature may fund different percentages for different categories of employees. For example, in recent years the Legislature has made market adjustments for specific professional positions in departments of the State Capitol. The Board of Regents can also authorize different percentages for faculty and professionals in public colleges and universities. The table below shows the average salary increase and its effective date for faculty, contract professional, and classified employees since 1987-88, along with annual increases in the Consumer Price Index.

For Year Faculty Professional MPEA Classified Non MPEA
Incr Date Incr Date Incr Date Incr Date
2014-15 2.25% + $250 10/1/2014 2.25% + $250 10/1/2014 2.25% + $.12/hr 10/1/2014 2.25% + $250 10/1/2014
2013-14 2.25% + $250 10/1/2013 2.25% + $250 10/1/2013 $.46/hour 10/1/2013 2.25% + $250 10/1/2013

    Please note that beginning in FY14, unions started bargaining separately, so the following applies to other unions:
  • 2013-2014: Other unions: 2.25% + $.12/hour.
  • 2014-2015: Other unions: 2.25% + $.12/hour.

For Year Faculty Professional Classified CPI
Incr Date Incr Date Incr Date Western Region
2012-13 2% + $500 10/1/2012 2% + $500 10/1/2012 2% + $500 10/1/2012 N/A
2011-12 1% + $500 10/1/2011 1% + $500 10/1/2011 1% + $500 10/1/2011 N/A
2010-11 0% -- 0% -- 0% -- N/A
2009-10***** 0% -- 0% -- 0% -- N/A
2008-09 3.6% 10/1/08 3.6% 10/1/08 3.6% 10/1/08 N/A
2007-08 3.6% 10/1/07 3.6% 10/1/07 3.6% 10/1/07 N/A
2006-07 4% 10/1/06 4% 10/1/06 4% 10/1/06 N/A
2005-06 3.5% 10/1/05 3.5% 10/1/05 3.5% 10/1/05 N/A
2004-05 $500 1/1/05**** $500 1/1/05**** .25/hr; 5%*** 1/1/05*** N/A
2003-04 0% ---- 0% ---- .5% 6/30/04 2.4%
2002-03 4% 11/1/02 4% 11/1/02 3.75% 11/1/02** 2%
2001-02 4% 11/1/01 4% 11/1/01 4% 11/1/01 1.5%
2000-01 0% ---- 0% ---- 3%+.25/hr 10/1/00 3.9%
1999-00 3% 10/1/99 3% 10/1/99 4.4% 10/1/99 3.7%
1998-99 6.9% 3/1/99 5.9% 3/1/99 market* anniversary 2.8%
1997-98 6.9% 7/1/97 5.9% 10/1/97 2.25% 10/1/97 2%
1996-97 6.9% 7/1/96 5.9% 10/1/96 3.9% 7/1/96 2%
1995-96 6.9% 7/1/95 4.3% 7/1/95 3% 7/1/95 2.9%
1994-95 1.5% 7/1/94 1.5% 1/1/95 1.5% 1/1/95 2.7%
1993-94 0% ---- 0% ---- 0% ---- 2.4%
1992-93 3.25% 7/1/92 3.25% 7/1/92 market* 7/1/92 2.9%
1991-92 10% 7/1/91 6% 7/1/91 market* 7/1/91 3.4%
1990-91 6% 7/1/90 5% 7/1/90 2.5%* 7/1/90 4.6%
1989-90 6% 7/1/89 4% 7/1/89 2.5%* 7/1/89 5%
1988-89 0% ---- 0% ---- 0% ---- 4.9%
1987-88 0% ---- 0% ---- 0% ---- ----

Western Region all items CPI comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http://www.bls.gov/cpi/home.htm#data), accessed most recently on April 8, 2005).  This table shows the percent change from July of the FY to the following July, e.g. 1995-96 reports change between July 05 and July 06.  We report Old Series data to 1997. 

* Market increases for classified employees are based on regional market data collected by the Montana Department of Administration.

** For FY 2003, the majority of classified employees received a 3.75% or $.34/hour increase, whichever was greater; an additional .5% was given in November of 2002, followed by an additional .5% in June, 2003; Teamsters and Laborers received a 4% increase or $.34/hour, whichever was greater, in November, 2002.

*** For FY 2005, classified employees received a $.25/hour raise on January 1, 2005; on June 30, 2005, the majority of classified staff under MAP will receive a .5% increase.

**** An ANNUAL salary increase of $500 was approved for faculty and professional employees effective January 1, 2005.

1998-99 - market range of 1.00-4.00%
1992-93 - market range of 2.00-6.00%
1991-92 - market range of 3.00-8.00%
1990-91 - the higher of 2.50% or $560
1989-90 - the higher of 2.50% or $520

Tables of market ratios are available from Employee Relations and Services.

***** 2009-10 $450 OTO: The Board for Regents has directed the Universities to provide a one time only payment to certain eligible employees in the amount of $450 or $225 (depending upon FTE). 

Eligible employees are defined as:

·         Full time (1.0 FTE) employees with an annual base salary (excluding longevity) of $45,000 or less, and
·         Part – time (.50 -.99 FTE) whose base hourly rate (excluding longevity) is less than $21.635
·         Part-time employees who work less than .50 FTE are not eligible.

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