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At the University of Kentucky, we know a competitive total compensation package helps us recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff. Our total compensation package includes our generous retirement match, a rich health insurance benefit, robust health and well-being services, tuition benefits and many others – all the pieces that make working at UK such a rewarding experience. 

Competitive salaries are a key component of our total compensation. Our HR Compensation team strives to ensure all salaries at UK are competitive for our market and are clearly communicated and equitably administered. 

To do this, our HR Compensation team: 

  • Conducts an annual salary survey to compare our salaries to similar institutions and industries 
  • Reviews position descriptions 
  • Assigns the appropriate grade level to all new and re-evaluated positions 
  • The team also advises on UK policies and procedures, as well as state and federal laws, pertaining to compensation.


The university strives to attract, retain and motivate employees by maintaining a total compensation system that is externally competitive and internally consistent while being fiscally responsible.

Contact our office

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(859) 257-9555 option 6
21 Scovell Hall
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