HR Excellence: Total Rewards

The Total Rewards Initiative, part of the HR Excellence Portfolio, is a strategic initiative positioning Rice as a premier employer, enabling the attraction, selection, and retention of excellent employees. This will be achieved by providing Rice employees with a competitive and compelling total rewards package.

The concept of total rewards encompasses the complete range of compensation and benefits that an employer offers its employees. It includes base salary and a broad spectrum of tangible and intangible rewards, such as health insurance, retirement plans, bonuses, career development, paid time off, and more.

Total Rewards Project

Total Rewards Study (February 2023 – December 2023)

Complete the total rewards study, which includes:

  • Competitive market analysis of current employee benefits and staff compensation to the market
  • Review and refresh of staff job architecture
  • Creation of a market-based pay structure
  • Employee benefits survey
  • Request for proposals for healthcare insurance providers

Implementation of FY24 Enhancements (January 2023 – June 2024)

  • Implement updates to staff pay structure and job architecture
  • Select a healthcare insurance provider and implement health plan changes for FY25
  • Finalize total rewards strategy and implementation plan for FY25 and beyond


Total Rewards Update January 2024 (Zoom Recording)

Total Rewards Study FAQs from December 2023

Deadlines for HR & Graduate Fellow Actions

Fast Five Article from September 2023

The Owl's Perch from June 2023

Fast Five Article from June 2023

Engagement Opportunities

Staff Information Sessions: Overview of Total Rewards Initiative - Past sessions



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Information Sessions

Supervisors/ Line Managers: Overview of Total Rewards Initiative (Past Sessions)


Staff Information Sessions: Overview of Total Rewards Initiative

Download the Total Rewards at Rice Infographic