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Conduct a Salary Structure Assessment

Help prevent and address inequities before they transform into bigger problems.

  • Small merit increase budgets inhibit pay band movement, resulting in very few organizations actually paying according to their target market position.
  • Pay inequities can lead to allegations of discrimination or even lawsuits, posing significant risks to organizations.

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Critical Insight

A salary structure on paper and a salary structure in practice are two different things – assessments help bridge the gap to ensure that pay is both internally and externally equitable.

Impact and Result

  • Identify pain points that could be caused by salary issues to determine the appropriate scope of the salary structure assessment.
  • Balance a review of internal and external equity when conducting a salary structure assessment.
  • Review salary data to pinpoint potential inequities, then conduct further analysis to determine if adjustments are required.
  • Develop a remediation plan to ensure that all unjustifiable inequities are resolved in an appropriate timeframe.

Conduct a Salary Structure Assessment Research & Tools

2. Review salary data

Assess whether job descriptions need to be updated, confirm target market positioning, review benchmark roles, and gather market data.

3. Identify and address compensation issues

Identify potential pay inequities, determine whether they are justifiable or if action is required, and plan to address all unjustifiable pay inequities.

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A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your HR problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Identify pain points and priorities
  • Call #1 - Review the data that needs to be gathered to identify pain points.
  • Call #2 - Determine the scope of the salary assessment and set goals and metrics to measure success.

Guided Implementation #2 - Review salary data
  • Call #1 - Examine whether updates are needed to job descriptions, the job worth hierarchy, or the compensation philosophy.
  • Call #2 - Analyze market data and if pay bands need to be adjusted.

Guided Implementation #3 - Identify and address compensation issues
  • Call #1 - Explore the results from the Salary Structure Assessment Tool and identify potential inequities.
  • Call #2 - Identify inequities that are justifiable and those that require adjustments.
  • Call #3 - Review the remediation plan.
  • Call #4 - Draft salary administration guidelines and a communication plan.


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  • Syma Khan, Director, Compensation for the HRPA, Peel Chapter
  • Ellie Maggio, Managing Director, EMEND Management Consulting Inc.
  • Randy Ross, Regional Compensation Specialist, Danfoss Inc.
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