Thanks … I thinkSeptember 14, 2007
Today I unexpectedly received the following letter via campus mail:
Research Scientist 3
Re: Merit Increase
Your current salary when compared to the market minimum was found to be below the minimum; therefore your new full-time salary, effective September 1, 2007, will be $X,XXX per month, to bring you up to the minimum level.
Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding contributions to the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
My reactions, at the risk of sounding severely ungrateful:
(1) Assurances that you’re a valued member of the department are less convincing if they don’t know your name.
(2) If my contributions are indeed “outstanding,” why am I being compensated at the “minimum level”? What would my pay be if my work were merely great?
(3) In what sense is this considered a “Merit Increase”? Does “merit” simply refer to a willingness to continue showing up for work despite low wages?