HHS Salary Cap Increase

Update, 4/22/2019:

The updated HHS salary cap has been applied in ERA Grants. 


Original Message, 4/18/2019:

HHS Salary Cap Increase

The Office of Personnel Management recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 6, 2019, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $192,300, and this is the salary cap that now applies to personnel on projects funded by U.S. Health & Human Services (HHS) agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The new salary cap will be implemented in ASU’s ERA system in the next few days, and an update will be provided once complete. The Salaries, Wages, and ERE page on the researchadmin website has been updated with the NIH current notice link: NOT-OD-19-099.


What the New Salary Cap Means for Current NIH Awards

For awards issued in those years that were restricted to Executive Level II (see Salary Cap Summary, FY 1990 – Present), including competing awards already issued in FY2019, if adequate funds are available in active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, grantees may rebudget to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level ($192,300). However, no additional funds will be provided to these grant awards.