Compensation

The compensation program administered by SEAS Human Resources has several objectives. 

  • First, it is designed to recruit, retain, and promote the growth of highly qualified individuals. 
  • Second, the compensation program seeks to foster salary practices that are both internally equitable and competitively attractive. 
  • Finally, the SEAS approach to employee compensation must reflect economic realities, while being administered in a way that ensures uniform opportunity and treatment of all employees.

Pay at Harvard is part of a total compensation package, including benefits, perks and time-off, that is competitive with that offered by our peers in higher education and the private sector.

For employees represented by a union at Harvard, pay practices are established by the collective bargaining process.

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Position Review and Reclassification

Any employee who feels their job has changed may request a position review.  This University-wide policy applies to both Administrative/Profession and Clerical and Technical employees.

To request a review, follow the instructions under the position reclassification section.

When will I receive my first paycheck?

Most employees are paid every other Friday. SEIU members are paid every Friday.  You will receive your first paycheck no more than three weeks from your first day of work. The first paycheck is sometimes a paper check. This check can be picked up from the Payroll Assistant, Bill Rasschaert, at 20 University Road, 6th floor (6-5598).
Please call Bill Rasschaert or Rob Plosker (5-0418) if you have questions about your paycheck.

How do I view my paycheck?

Direct deposits are available on Fridays.

You may choose direct deposit through the self-service options in PeopleSoft. This is the option preferred by Harvard instead of paper checks.

To sign up for direct deposit, access PeopleSoft by going to HARVie. Click on the link to PeopleSoft on the top right hand corner of the screen. Enter your Harvard University ID# and HarvardKey. Click on Self Service, then Payroll and Compensation, then Direct Deposit. You will be able to add or change your direct deposit information.

Tax Information

New employees should fill out the federal W-4 and Massachusetts tax forms. 

Current employees can change their tax information through PeopleSoft.  To access PeopleSoft, visit HARVie and click on the link to PeopleSoft on the top right hand corner of the screen. Enter your Harvard University ID# and HarvardKey. Click on Self Service, then Payroll and Compensation, then W-4 Tax Information to add or change your tax information.