Job Classification System

business people smilingOur job classification system is a role- and contribution-based system that assigns each job a classified role, level, and market-based salary range to ensure pay equity across the university.


Each job is assigned a role based on the nature of the work. There are three roles: operations, professional, and leadership.

  • Operations roles: Support the day-to-day operations of the university, with a focus on what the work is and how it needs to be done. Roles can be either administrative/technical or academic/clinical/research.
  • Professional roles: Provide expertise in a profession or discipline, with a focus on applying principles, concepts, and theory. Advanced knowledge, skills, and expertise are typically acquired through higher education. Professional roles can be either administrative/technical or academic/clinical/research.
  • Leadership roles: Involve leveraging resources and staff to accomplish work. A leader translates broad vision and goals into short-range and long-term plans. The focus of leadership jobs is primarily on leading others and making strategic decisions that have broad impact on their area of oversight.
Managers: Need more information about how pay decisions are made and our pay policies and practices? Read about salary administration at JHU.


In addition to being assigned a role, each job is assigned a level. Contributions and tasks become more complex when moving from level one to level five.

Salary Range

In the role- and contribution-based system, each job is assigned a salary range. This is based on market pay data from third-party organizations and other relevant sources. Using this information, our compensation analysts determine the market reference point for a job, which is then used to assign the job to a salary range, with a midpoint that closely reflects pay in the market. When reliable and valid market pay data is not available, the compensation analyst assigns the salary range by slotting a job in relation to comparable jobs within the department and/or across the university for which data is available.