Government Pay Raises Detailed

Over at the Nevada Policy Research Institute, Geoffrey Lawrence has put together an article detailing two of the three routine kinds of pay raises enjoyed by government employees in Nevada.

The first are step increases, which are the subject of union bargaining and thus can vary from the 4.5% that Lawrence describes.

The second are COLAs, an acronym for Cost of Living Adjustment.

These two pay hike types, as Lawrence notes, are awarded regardless of job performance, and typically will cause starting pay to triple over the first ten years of a government employee’s term of employment.

The third pay type takes place anytime an employee’s duties or responsibilities are increased. Public employment is structured with a matrix that assigns higher “base” pay to more responsible jobs. Thus, by maturing within the organization, employees can increase their pay prior to the application of step and COLA increases.

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