Nevada Irrigation District (NID) directors approved two separate items regarding employee compensation during their last meeting. The first item approved a 6% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for managers and employees over a two-year period in three 2% steps. The second item substantially increased manager compensation and adds two additional step increases (from max 5 to max 7) to the following positions: Assistant General Manager, Board Secretary, Engineering Manager (vacant,) Finance Manager (vacant,) Human Resources Manager (vacant,) Hydroelectric Manager, Maintenance Manager, Recreation Manager and Water Operations Manager.

Directors unanimously approved both items. The compensation increases were based on a market rate study of comparable districts and directors voiced support to retain the specialized knowledge managers provide.

Managers are expected to exceed expectations and two additional step increases are intended to incentivize current and future staff in these positions.

Current salary vs January 2022 for managers, excluding benefits and other pay

Position2021 salary (step 5)2022 salary (step 5)2022 step 7
Assistant General Manager168,105.60215,030.40237,078.40
Board Secretary102,107.20119,912.00132,225.60
Engineering Manager182,124.80198,099.20218,400.00
Finance Manager168,105.60198,099.20218,400.00
Human Resources Manager105,726.40146,016.00160,992.00
Hydroelectric Manager166,483.20198,099.20218,400.00
Maintenance Manager164,777.60198,099.20218,400.00
Recreation Manager134,326.40146,016.00160,992.00
Water Operations Manager164,777.60198,099.20218,400.00

Line staff are also receiving minor salary increases. The district has shrunk its workforce over the past year, according to the verbal report provided by General Manager Hanson.

The afternoon session was devoted to a budget workshop.