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Compensation & Classification Studies

The purpose of a compensation and classification study is to ensure that a community has accurate job specifications and salaries that will help retain the best employees and attract qualified applicants. Compensation and classification studies provide local governments with a customized salary structure for their organizations.

What is involved in the study?

In a compensation and classification study, ARC staff will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive salary survey of cities and counties in your competitive market
  • Update and create new class specifications
  • Study and evaluate all positions to determine the appropriate classification and salary for each
  • Make necessary adjustments to the pay structure

How do I know if my city or county needs to do a study?

While every local government is unique, some common reasons for pay and classification studies include:

  • Outdated class specifications
  • Increased turnover
  • Difficulty in recruiting qualified employees
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