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Lateral Moves and Transfers

Lateral Moves

A lateral move occurs when an employee moves into a new position within the same pay grade as his/her current position.  An example of a lateral move:  An employee is an Accountant II at a 7 pay grade and they post for a position of Financial Analyst I, which is also at paygrade 7.  This is a lateral move.  The pay range and paygrade remains the same.  This can occur within the current department or moving to a different department.

  • Typically, employees who move laterally may be eligible to receive up to a 2% increase depending upon budgetary considerations.
  • Salary adjustments for lateral moves will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


A transfer is when an employee moves to a position outside his or her current department.  Salary changes may or may not be warranted in the case of a transfer.