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.
 Comparatio  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 Shortterm Incentive  Receiving  Actual cash incentive statistics calculated using those incumbents who earned a shortterm 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 shortterm 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 shortterm incentive statistics calculated using all incumbents receiving a shortterm 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 shortterm incentive.
 Note: Since shortterm 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 shortterm incentive.
 Note: Since shortterm 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.
 Longterm Incentive Grant Awarded  The percent of incumbents in the position who are eligible for a longterm incentive and received an award.
 Percent Eligible for Longterm Incentive  The percent of incumbents in the position eligible for a longterm incentive.
 Percent Eligible for Shortterm Incentive  The percent of incumbents in the position eligible for a shortterm cash incentive.
 Shortterm Incentive: Mean Actual as Percent of Annualized Pay  The incentive received divided by the annualized base pay.
 Shortterm Incentive: Maximum Percent  The maximum annual cash incentive for the position as a percentage of base pay.
 Shortterm Incentive: Target Percent  The target incentive percent based on the design elements of the incentive plan.
 Shortterm 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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