2007 Total Compensation Benchmarking Survey

Source: International Public Management Association for Human Resources, May 2007

The focus of this survey is variable pay—what types of practices are government agencies utilizing to affect their workforces and how effective are these practices? Some highlights from the survey include:

• More than three-quarters of all organizations have a defined pay philosophy
• Most organizations use the traditional grade and step systems although a significant number are using other systems
• Three quarters of respondents offer uniform allowances
• Hiring bonuses are more common at the federal level than at the city or county level
• Less than half of respondents use variable pay
• Of those that do, pay for performance is the most common
• There is a strong correlation between funding levels and the perceived success of the variable pay program
• Fifteen percent of organizations utilize broadbanding
• Thirteen respondents have a gainsharing program in place.
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