Salt Lake County Budget Includes a Pay Increase

The Salt Lake County budget season is now officially over, and changes have already taken effect. Below is a list of budget items that affect Salt Lake County employees that the Salt Lake County Council approved in December for the 2020 fiscal year.

  • No change in health insurance benefits or premiums
  • Indexation of both General Structure and Trades/Technical Structure, 2% and 3%, respectively
  • A 2.75% market adjustment for merit employees with a 2020 performance evaluation rating of at least 3 (Meets Expectations)
  • A minimum living wage of $12 per hour
  • A midyear budget review to determine whether there is enough money for a compression adjustment in 2020

During the budgeting process, the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) advocated for county employees by lobbying the County Council for a serious commitment to addressing the compression formula if there is enough money for a compression adjustment come April 2020. Compression is a complex issue that is important to employees. It deserves proper attention by the County Council, Human Resources and Mayor Jenny Wilson. UPEA also encouraged Human Resources to include a compensation increase for “red-lined” employees. “Red-lined” employees are those who have reached the top of the salary range for their position; consequently, they’ve been left out of budget discussions in previous years. Human Resources obliged, and red-lined employees can expect to see a 1% lump-sum increase.

If you have any questions or concerns about the budget process or other employment issues, contact the Salt Lake County employee representative, Christy Berk, at 801-264-8732 ext. 212, or at