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NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Human Resources

Classification and Compensation

Special Entry and Geographical Rates


Special Minimum Rate (SMR) is defined as a substitute rate above the minimum of the salary range when critical recruitment or retention problems are recognized. 

The Office of State Human Resources has been gradually decreasing the SMR list with each year’s salary plan, with the overall goal of eliminating SMRs altogether.  In the 2009 Salary Plan, the list of remaining SMRs has been further reduced. 

As a result of the reduced number of SMRs, the Office of State Human Resources has created a list of classes for which we have hiring flexibility for salary administration purposes.  All of the classes listed on the Hiring Flexibility List allow a 5% increase to the minimum of the range when determining salary qualifications. 

Helpful Hints

The only exception on the 5% flexibility list is the Physician Extender which allows for a 10% increase to the minimum of the range. 

Guidelines for using the Hiring Flexibility List include:

  • The use of the hiring flexibility is based on each individual hiring decision – it is a case by case situation as to whether you choose to use it
  • The flexibility to allow a 5% increase in the minimum must be used on the initial salary qualification; it is not eligible for reserving the right to award at a future date.

The Medical Pay Plan allows a 10% hiring flexibility for Physician III-B (Psychiatrists only). Ready NC Connect NC