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Survey Definitions

Survey Definitions

These are definitions for the full survey. Not all terms are used in the data appearing on this website.

Statistics
  • 10th Percentile (10th %ile) - That data point that is higher than 10% of all other data in the sample when ranked from low to high.
  • 25th Percentile (25th %ile) - That data point that is higher than 25% of all other data in the sample when ranked from low to high. Also known as the first quartile.
  • 75th Percentile (75th %ile) - That data point that is higher than 75% of all other data in the sample when ranked from low to high. Also known as the third quartile.
  • 90th Percentile (90th %ile) - That data point that is higher than 90% of all other data in the sample when ranked from low to high.
  • Compa-ratio - The percentage representing the ratio of base pay to the midpoint of the pay range reported. The computation uses only data for incumbents for which base pay and complete pay range information are reported.
  • Mean - The sum of all data reported divided by the number of observations in the sample. Also called the average.
  • Median - That data point that is higher than 50% of all other data in the sample when ranked from low to high. Also known as the 50th percentile.
  • Number of Observations (Num Obs) - The number of incumbents for which data are reported for the variable.
  • Number of Organizations (Num Orgs) - The number of organizations reporting data for the variable. Note that each variable, such as base pay or incentive amount, is analyzed individually using the data reported for that variable only. The organization and observation counts that are listed provide you with information on the number of observations used in the calculations for each variable. If an organization could not provide a piece of data for a position, this organization's information would not be included in the calculations requiring that data. Therefore, the organization/observation counts may differ by variable.
  • Weighted Mean - Statistics calculated using the mean variable for each organization (i.e., sum of variables for all incumbents for the organization divided by the number of incumbents).

Variables
  • Annual Short-term Incentive - Receiving - Actual cash incentive statistics calculated using those incumbents who earned a short-term incentive payment.
  • Annualized Pay - Base pay statistics calculated using individual rates reported for each incumbent across all organizations and multiplying hourly rates by 2,080 hours, representing a full year's pay.
  • Annualized Total Cash Compensation - Annualized base pay plus short-term incentive for all incumbents. Incumbents who are not eligible for an incentive and incentive eligible incumbents who did not receive a payout are included.
  • Annualized Total Cash Compensation - Receiving - Annualized base pay plus short-term incentive statistics calculated using all incumbents receiving a short-term incentive payment.
  • Average Scheduled Hours Analysis - Statistics calculated using the average number of scheduled hours per week per incumbent matched.
  • Degree of Match - The percentage of incumbents matched indicating the degree to which their responsibilities match the survey position description.
  • FLSA Status - The percentage of organizations indicating the position's classification based on the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Hourly Base Pay - Base pay statistics calculated using individual rates reported for each incumbent across all organizations.
  • Hourly Base Pay - Incentive Eligible - Base pay statistics calculated using incumbents who are eligible for a short-term incentive.
    • Note: Since short-term incentive eligibility is captured at the incumbent level, in some instances incumbents within the same position and organization may be eligible for an incentive while others may not, which may be reflected in the organization counts.
  • Hourly Base Pay - Not Incentive Eligible - Base pay statistics calculated using incumbents who are not eligible for a short-term incentive.
    • Note: Since short-term incentive eligibility is captured at the incumbent level, in some instances incumbents within the same position and organization may be eligible for an incentive while others may not, which may be reflected in the organization counts.
  • Hourly Pay Range - The minimum, midpoint, and maximum reported for the incumbents in the position by organizations with a formal pay structure for the position.
  • Long-term Incentive Grant Awarded - The percent of incumbents in the position who are eligible for a long-term incentive and received an award.
  • Percent Eligible for Long-term Incentive - The percent of incumbents in the position eligible for a long-term incentive.
  • Percent Eligible for Short-term Incentive - The percent of incumbents in the position eligible for a short-term cash incentive.
  • Short-term Incentive: Mean Actual as Percent of Annualized Pay - The incentive received divided by the annualized base pay.
  • Short-term Incentive: Maximum Percent - The maximum annual cash incentive for the position as a percentage of base pay.
  • Short-term Incentive: Target Percent - The target incentive percent based on the design elements of the incentive plan.
  • Short-term Incentive: Threshold Percent - The minimum incentive payout based on minimum performance requirements as a percent of base pay.
  • Union Status - The percent of incumbents in the position that are in a labor union.

 


 

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