Merit Increases

Duke is committed to linking the opportunity for annual pay increases to staff performance during the year. The opportunity for an annual merit increase is based on an individual’s annual performance evaluation and annually approved guidelines. The purpose of the annual performance review is to ensure staff receive candid performance information for the year and clear goals and development plans for the coming year. Merit increases are effective in July. The Pay & Performance website provides information and guidelines for the annual process and instructions for completion of the Performance Evaluation and Planning Form.

Merit Increase Guidelines for New Hires

Duke supervisors are guided by the following protocols in determining pay increases for new hires:

  • New staff employed for at least 90 days are eligible for one-half of the available full merit increase based on the applicable fiscal year guidelines and designated performance.
  • New staff employed for at least six months are eligible for the available full merit increase based upon applicable fiscal year guidelines and designated performance.