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Compression Analysis FAQ
How is compensation different from payroll?
Compensation describes what you are paid in terms of base pay and any incentives or bonuses. Base pay can be calculated on an hourly, semi-monthly or annual basis. Payroll refers to you, the amount you receive in your paycheck on payday. This may vary depending on how many hours you work.
What is Salt Lake County's compensation philosophy?
Total Compensation Philosophy
was created and adopted by the County Council and the Total Compensation Advisory Committee. The compensation philosophy is the foundation for pay policies and practices and a vision of where Salt Lake County would like to be in the future.
When do I get paid?
County pay dates are the 7th and 22nd of each month. Please contact your payroll coordinator to see when you will receive your first paycheck.
What is a pay grade?
Each job is assigned to a pay grade to establish a hierarchy of jobs within the organization. Each pay grade includes a minimum pay value, a midpoint and a maximum value. Jobs will be paid within the range between the minimum and the maximum of the pay grade.
What is a salary range and how is it determined?
The salary range defines the minimum and maximum pay for each grade. Salary structures are administrative tools designed to establish pay levels for jobs that are internally fair and externally competitive.
How do I find out what my salary range is?
Your pay grade is documented on your job description. Talk with your supervisor if you do not have a copy of your job description. The salary structure is also available on the
salary plan page
What is the difference between an exempt and a non-exempt position?
Exempt and non-exempt refers to the exemption status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). If a job is “exempt” from FLSA, it is not required to pay the incumbent in the job overtime. A non-exempt job is eligible for overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 hours per week.
What does "red-lined" mean?
Red-lined refers to when an employees’ pay is above the maximum rate of pay for the pay grade the employees’ job is in. This happens occasionally, usually due to an employee accepting a new job in a lower pay grade.
What does "green-circle rate" mean?
Green-circle rates refers to when an employee’s pay is below the minimum rate of pay for the pay grade the employee’s job is in. This can occur when an organization reviews and updates its pay rates, increasing minimums as a result.