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Human Resources

State of Iowa Classification and Pay System

The Human Resources Enterprise Classification and Compensation staff administer many programs related to employee pay and job classification. The Job Classification System is designed to provide an orderly and equitable process to group job duties and responsibilities. Job classes provide the basis upon which recruitment and screening, pay grades, and other human resource management decisions are made.

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Job Classification Descriptions Job classification descriptions provide more detailed information on the job classifications in state government. Information includes examples of duties, knowledge, abilities and skills required for successful performance, education and experience needed to qualify, and special qualifications needed.
Job Series Guidelines Job classification guidelines provide more detailed information on the different levels of job classifications within a series.
Pay Plans To see the pay for any job classification in state government, check out this link.
Interactive pay plan This interactive pay plan shows rates of pay and the job descriptions for any class. Locate classes by partial or total class title or by the class code.
Selective List This list of additional qualification requirements (known as selectives) is available in PDF format. The selectives are listed numerically by three-digit code. You can find the full definition of each selective by clicking on the hyperlinked selective title in the Table of Contents section. Additionally, you can search for specific words by using the Edit > Find function in Adobe Reader.


Some of the other responsibilities of the Human Resources Enterprise Classification and Compensation staff include:

  • Overtime Policies
  • Salary and Benefit Surveys
  • Processing and Post-auditing Payroll Documents
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Job Evaluation
  • Rules

Updated 2014-09-29