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Establishing a Compensation Administration Program
Job Analysis
Each job in the organization should be thoroughly analyzed and described. Your job description should state clearly and simply:
  • Who does the work (including the qualifications, education, and job skills required)
  • What the work entails
  • Where the work is performed
  • When the work is done (hours, how often, or what times of year)
  • Why the person does the work (why is the job essential to the company)
  • How the job is accomplished
For the purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is appropriate and necessary to list the essential and nonessential functions of the job in case someone asks for a job accommodation for a covered disability.
Here are five job description summaries in the engineering series, for discussion purposes:
Job TitleJob Description
Junior EngineerPerforms routine engineering tasks using standard procedures. Applies limited judgment
Engineer BDesigns and develops major engineering project systems and subsystems under general supervision. May give technical supervision to lower-level engineers and technicians.
Senior Engineer ADesigns and develops portions of major engineering projects under general supervision. Provides technical support to other departments. May supervise technicians and lower level engineers.
Project EngineerDirects an engineering design team to complete assigned engineering projects in accordance with customer specifications and within schedule and budget limitations.
Director of EngineeringReports to chief operating officer. Directs the accomplishment of product engineering objectives. Provides technical guidance and ensures sound engineering procedures and effective use of facilities.
Employers should note that a job title alone is insufficient to establish the exempt status of an employee. Instead, the status of an employee must be determined on the basis of whether the employee’s salary and duties meet the requirements of the regulations. If your company has not updated its job descriptions in over a year, it is possible that the actual work performed by employees under your current job titles has changed. Therefore, you may want to confer with managers, supervisors, and the employees when updating job descriptions. Once you have job descriptions that you believe accurately reflect the jobs performed, have your legal advisor review them, and sign and date the review so that you can prove your job descriptions are up to date and determine when a new review is necessary.
Job Evaluation
Job evaluation determines what jobs are worth on an absolute basis and relative to other jobs in the organization. It can be done in a variety of ways, but usually involves assigning “points” based on complexity, impact, budget, supervisory duties, and so on, and attaching job ranks based on the total number of points. Jobs that are of greater value to the organization have a higher labor grade; jobs of lesser value fill the lower grades. The five engineering jobs might be evaluated as follows:
Job TitleLabor Grade
Junior Engineer33
Engineer B37
Senior Engineer A39
Project Engineer40
Director of Engineering43
Job Pricing
Job pricing involves establishing rate ranges; that is, minimum, midpoint, and maximum dollar values for each labor grade. By studying wage and salary surveys, employers can compare wages in the labor market to the jobs within their organization. The result is a scale of wages that allows the employer to compete in the labor market (external equity) while ensuring that jobs that are worth more to the organization are paid more than those of lesser worth (internal equity).
Here’s an illustration of a set of rate ranges
Labor GradeMinimumMidpointMaximum
Other Salary Center Resources
Compensation Report Center - The compensation report center provides dashboard reports that will help you manage your compensation program. Find out how your organization's employee pay compares against rate ranges, compa-ratios, external surveys, and many other data points. The data can be interactively filtered and sorted, printed, and exported to Excel. Color coding highlights such things as “flight risks” (high performing employees with low compa-ratios) and employees who should be “red circled” (above the rate range max).
Grade A Job - Can’t find survey data for a unique job? Use this tool to determine rate range pay scale for any job. Simply score the job on nine (1-9) standard factors to determine its pay grade. Then, apply your demographic selections to determine relevant and current ranges for that job.
Rate Ranges - Use rate ranges as a reference to develop your own rate ranges. By assigning a rate range for each salary grade, you create a compensation structure based on market data that has internal equity built into the process.
Merit Increases - Determine what other organizations are budgeting for merit increases. BLR conducts an annual survey of over 1,100 organizations to provide you with the information you need to develop your merit increase budget for the coming year.
My Custom Reports - Create and save benchmark salary data reports the way you want them. Reports can include data for multiple jobs, metros, states, and industries, all downloadable to Excel.
My Saved Jobs - Save salary data for specific jobs and demographic profiles generated using the Salary Finder. Keep a library of positions you evaluated using the Grade a Job tool you can retrieve and compare positions
My Demographic Profiles - Create and save multiple combinations of industry, company size and geographic selections relevant to your company. View, sort, and edit all your company’s saved demographic profiles.
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