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2021 faculty and staff salary and merit increases

From: Human Resources and Provost Office

The recently approved state budget includes base salary and merit increases for state employees. As a result, Virginia Tech has allocated a 5 percent pool to increase the compensation of our valued employees, pending final approval by our Board of Visitors. Increases will be effective June 10, 2021 and employees will see any increase in their July 1, 2021 paycheck.

We appreciate the recognition by lawmakers that a talented workforce must be competitively compensated. These increases are critical to continuing the university’s efforts to reward the hard work of our employees across campus and recruit and retain talented employees to Virginia Tech.

The commonwealth provides Virginia Tech significant autonomy to implement state compensation programs according to university strategic needs. To help explain how the program will be implemented at Virginia Tech, see the table below.

To be eligible, all salaried staff must have been hired before March 11, 2021 and have at least an “acceptable/developing” performance level on their most recent evaluation. University staff merit increases will be based upon a review of performance evaluations. Faculty must have been hired before Dec. 10, 2020, and merit increases are based on the content of their Faculty Activity Report. Classified staff will receive a base salary increase of 5 percent as these positions are governed by the state; these positions will not have a merit-based increase.

  State Program University Implementation
University Staff 5.0% 3.0% Base increase (across-the-board)
2.0% Merit-based increase (variable)
Faculty (T&R, A/P, Research) 5.0% 4.25% Merit-based increase (variable)
0.75% National Distinction/Outstanding Contribution (variable)
Classified Staff 5.0% Base Increase (across-the-board)


In addition to these adjustments, the state is in the process of increasing the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour effective May 1, 2021, and to $11.00 on January 1, 2022. The university continues to examine the wage rates used in various roles across campus to ensure that Virginia Tech offers a competitive wage to all employees.

If you have questions about this upcoming compensation program, please contact your supervisor or department’s human resources representative. 

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