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General Wage Increase
The last general wage increase for state employees was a two percent increase in 2008 (July for represented, September for non-represented).
Washington does not use COLA (cost of living adjustment) methodology to determine across-the-board wage increases. Increases are negotiated for represented employees and approved by the Legislature for non-represented employees.
|Year||Percent Wage Increase|
|*2006 - Teamsters negotiated 2.9% increase, all other received 1.6%|
Incremental Salary Increases
General Service classified employees (non-WMS) receive incremental salary increases each year until they reach the top step of their salary range. These step increases are automatic and are a permanent addition to the base pay.
As of June 2010, 36.3 percent of classified general service employees were eligible for a step increase. The remaining 63.7 percent of employees have reached the top of their pay ranges and are ineligible for step increases.
|Decrease in Eligibility of 9.4 percentage points|
As a result of legislation (SSB 5460), all salary increases for WMS and at-will positions have been frozen effective February 15, 2009, through June 30, 2011.