Merit Increase Program

Penn’s merit increase program recognizes and rewards the contributions of our faculty and staff. Each year, the University establishes a salary increase pool based on market trends and economic conditions. Schools and centers use this pool to provide salary increases as merited by performance. Performance appraisals must be completed for all eligible staff to support the merit increases.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty/Staff Merit Increase Program is designed to recognize and reward the valuable contributions of faculty and staff by paying market competitive salaries in a fiscally responsible manner.

Guidelines for Faculty/Staff Merit Increase Program

Refer to the FY 22 Guidelines for the merit increase pool and eligibility details.

Merit Increase Program Timeline

View the FY 22 Merit Increase Timeline.

Eligibility for Merit Increases

Exempt and non-exempt (monthly, weekly, and hourly, excluding bargaining units) staff are eligible for the Faculty/Staff Merit Increase Program if employed on or before the last day of February in a full-time or part-time regular position. Faculty eligibility is determined by the deans and department chairs in each school or center.

Individuals in the following classifications are NOT covered by these guidelines:

  • Student workers, interns, and residents
  • Occasional and temporary workers
  • Staff on unpaid leave of absence
  • Staff on long-term disability
  • Staff in collective bargaining units

For general questions regarding the Salary Increase Program, please contact the Penn Employee Solution Center at 215-898-7372.

Workday Merit Process

The merit planning process will be managed in Workday. Visit for instruction and training details.