Thursday, December 13, 2012

Compensation Surveys

I will return to the topic of interviews tomorrow. For today, I would briefly like to touch on the subject of the Compensation Survey. These surveys are used by companies and organizations to discover the best salaries and wages to offer their workers.  If you would like to comment about your own salary or if you have experience with these surveys, please leave a comment at the end.

Setting Your Range

In making decisions about how much to pay someone, the goal is to produce a result that minimizes the cost to the company for labor, while still providing a sufficient enough benefit to attract and incentivize talent.  If you have intelligence on what is being offered for similar talent in the same general geographic area, you will be able to find a good place to begin determining salary ranges for a given position.  You will want to use a Compensation Survey to help you determine this.  There are a number of great resources available to employers; see my links below for a few examples.  Also keep in mind, your employees also have their own sources for checking compensation at and

Possible Places to Consider For a Survey:

Another great resource to learn more:

I will probably at the topic Compensation and Compensation Surveys more deeply in another post.  Until then, have a great day.

And remember all of you Human Resources professionals:  Be Human... Be a Resource...  Be a Resource for Humans.

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