Effective October 1, 2012, Athens State University became an autonomous institution governed by its own Board of Trustees. Prior to that date, the University operated as the only upper level institution in the Alabama Community College System and was governed by the State Board of Education. Moving to a self-governed public University, Athens State had the opportunity to develop a salary schedule more in line with other public universities in the State of Alabama and more competitive in the job market. As a member of the Alabama Community College System, the University was bound by a rigid, step structured salary schedule approved by the State Board of Education. To collect comparable data, the University made the decision to use higher education salary survey data collected by CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources). In order to obtain data comparable to competitors and like universities, Athens State identified peer institutions using specific criteria to which our salaries would be compared. The University’s practice since the fall of 2012 has been to periodically pull salary data using the approach discussed previously and benchmark our salaries to those of peer institutions. Faculty and staff employed prior to October 1, 2012 had the option to remain on the old salary schedule (steps) or move to the new salary schedule (CUPA), whichever was the most advantageous to the employee. Employees hired after October 1, 2012 would be under the new salary schedule (CUPA).

The Salary Tables listed below include both the new salary schedule tables as well as the old step salary schedule tables. Under the new salary schedule, employees will select the category that applies to their specific salary band, and access the tables by clicking on that specific link. The actual tables include salary bands that correspond to specific CUPA codes. The tables include minimums and maximums as well as the mid-point for each salary band. Under the old salary schedule, employees can click on the link under Old Salary Schedule Tables (Step) and scroll through to the salary table that applies to their specific employee class.