Human Resources

Classification - EHRA & SHRA

The exemption status of any particular employee is determined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Human Resources adheres to these guidelines in order to determine if an employee is exempt from the overtime provisions on the basis of meeting the qualifications to be exempted through the administrative, professional, or executive exemptions. This decision is based on whether the employee's duties, responsibilities and salary meet the requirements for exemption based on guidelines from the DOL. This determination is made when a position is established or studied as part of the classification process.
The DOL enforces the FLSA and requires the university to determine whether employees are either subject to, or exempt from, its overtime provisions.
The State of North Carolina has the State of Human Resources Act. This act provides guidelines on how to classify employees as SHRA or EHRA. SHRA is subject to Human Resources Act and can be exempt or non-exempt based on FLSA guidelines.  EHRA is exempt from the Human Resources Act and is classified as exempt based on FLSA guidelines.


General Administration provides the salary ranges for EHRA non-faculty, SAAO Tier I and Tier II positions. The salary ranges for all EHRA positions are developed by the classification and compensation staff.  An employee's actual salary is affected by many things including but not limited to the budget allocation for the position, equity with other employees, promotions, reclassifications, and other salary increases authorized by policy.


UNCW utilizes career-banding which is the classification and compensation system used for the UNC School System. process groups positions performing similar kinds of work with similar knowledge, skill and ability requirements (KSA's). This also takes competencies under consideration. The group of positions are organized into broad classifications with wide pay ranges. Pay ranges are based on labor market information and competency level. See competency profiles below.
The salary ranges for SHRA employees is issued by the Office of State Human Resources. The ranges will be updated when changes occur due to legislation by the General Assembly. An employee's salary is affected by many things, such as salary when started with the state, the budget for the position, funds allocated by the General Assembly for salary increases, equity with other employees, promotions, reclassifications, and other salary increased authorized by policy.


SHRA competency profiles:


Administrative Support

Arts Production


Broadcasting and Emerging Media



Engineering & Architecture

Environmental, Health and Safety

Human Resources

Information Technology

Institutional/Building Environmental Services


Medical & Health

Operations & Skilled Trades



Public Safety Support



Social Research

Student Services

Support Services

Training & Education

University Programs

Visual Arts and Public Communications