Blended OPE

The University of Oregon establishes a Blended OPE rate each year for the major employee groups at the campus based on prior year actual expenses. These Blended OPE rates are reviewed and approved annually by the Department of Health and Human Services. OPE expenses (health plan expenses, retirement plan expenses, taxes and workman's compensation expenses, among others) are determined by applying the appropriate percentage based on employee category to actual salary expense. The OPE rate will be charged against salaries less an Average Leave Adjustable rate, and excluding some pay types (Excluded Earn Codes). The university moved “leave” from being paid by the unit, to being charged to a central pool.

UO Fringe Benefits Rates

Employee GroupAvg Leave Adjustable RateFiscal Year 2022Avg Leave Adjustable RateFiscal Year 2023 (Preliminary)
Faculty/Staff A10.4%78.2%8.0%74.3%
Faculty/Staff BFaculty 1.0%; Execs 11.1%51.8%Faculty 1.0%; Execs 7.7%49.9%
Faculty/Staff C0.6%30.9%0.6%32.9%
Classified Service14.2%129.5%13.9%135.8%
Classified Skilled/Clerical11.5%101.9%9.8%95.6%
Classified Technical10.6%88.5%9.1%84.1%

*As of FY21 Retirees are no longer included, see the Employee Rate Group Matrix