Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District freezes some salaries
November 20, 2012
Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District leaders froze managers’ salaries for the foreseeable future under a new pay structure adopted Oct. 15.
The change came after a study of the agency’s compensation by Issaquah-based consultant Prothman Group. The results showed top-end salaries of the water district’s management were 12 percent to 17 percent higher than the average in several positions, compared to employees at other Puget Sound utilities and cities.
The new structure, approved by the district board of commissioners, brings those salary ranges within a percentage point or two of the typical average.
But, instead of cutting salaries, the new wage plan calls for those managers above the average to have their salary frozen until annual cost of living increases or market factors raise their position’s salary range to the employee’s current salary — $133,778 for three managers at the top of the pay scale.