Most university positions are assigned to a salary grade. Each salary grade has a minimum wage and a maximum wage. The midpoint of each range is driven by the market rate for positions in that salary grade. The pay range of the salary grades are reviewed annually. New employees in nonexempt positions normally start in the first quartile of the assigned range, while new employees in exempt positions normally start in a unique range identified for the specific position. Exceptions to this practice are infrequent. Above standard starting wage will be authorized only if such action will not create an internal equity problem with current employees in the same classification or pay level.