A starting salary is determined by the dean and the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in consultation with the department chairperson and is influenced by the qualifications of the appointee, availability of funds, and market conditions in the specific field. Annual salaries for incoming full-time faculty members are paid in twelve monthly installments.
In years when the legislature has provided funds for salary increases, department chairpersons review salaries of their faculty and recommend increases based on the annual review of faculty performance. Procedures and criteria for merit salary increases vary across departments. The need for salary adjustments to address inequities should be reported to the dean by chairpersons as appropriate. Salary increments for promotion in rank are fixed. The chancellor, following consultation with the provost and the deans, approves the cost-of-living and/or merit increases as available from actions of the legislature and from the Board of Governors and the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina system.
At the same time that salary letters are prepared each year, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs furnishes to all faculty a statement on salary which includes, among other things, the maximum, average, and minimum salaries and the maximum, average, and minimum salary increments for that year in dollars and percentage increases. This information is provided for each rank and separately for the college and each school.