Classification and Compensation

It is the policy of the City of Portsmouth to establish a fair and uniform human resource management system for its employees in order to ensure the most effective delivery of services to the citizens of Portsmouth. The pay philosophy of the City is:

"We believe our workforce is committed to do the best job in delivering services to our citizens. In order to attract and retain this highly prepared workforce, our pay plan must be stable, clear, equitable, flexible, predictable, simple and objective.” To achieve this:

  • Pay will be market based.
  • Portsmouth's market shall be defined in reference to salaries paid in the following Hampton Roads cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

It shall be policy that:

City employees shall be paid in relation to the value of work they perform based on a market-based pay system. Employment and classifications will be made without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, or political affiliation.

The City Manager has overall authority for administration of the City's Classification and Pay Plan, and may make adjustments and modifications as needed. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Director of Human Resource Management is responsible for the daily administration of the Classification and Pay Plan.  This includes classifications and compensation studies, conducting salary surveys, and overseeing compliance with Federal, State, and local laws governing wages and hours of work.

In addition, we administer the online job description library for our classifications, which will be available online soon.