The term "Y-rate" refers to an agency paying an employee above the maximum of the salary range assigned to the position's class. Although this term is no longer used in the civil service rules the practice is allowed under certain circumstances. WAC 357-28-040 which applies to all non-represented classified employees states the following:
An employee's base salary may be set above the maximum of the salary range assigned to the position's class when allowed under any provisions of Title 357 WAC or when approved by the director.
For represented employees Y-rating is addressed in various articles in the collective bargaining agreements.
Reasons why an agency may/must consider allowing an employee's salary to be Y-rated:
When consulting with managers who are planning changes to work assignments that may result in reallocations, consider posing the following questions: