Government Compensation Study Services

Unleash your organization's potential with Abdo as your guide

During this period of dynamic economic shifts and evolving labor landscapes, ensuring that your city's compensation strategies remain competitive and compliant with state or local pay equity regulations is paramount to fostering organizational success. A compensation study acts as a strategic roadmap that helps your organization navigate challenges and opportunities in managing compensation effectively, both today and well into the future. 

Through Abdo’s well-established, local government expertise, we conduct studies that provide actionable insights to help your organization create a robust compensation strategy. Our tried-and-true methodologies deliver insights that support the organization's ability to attract and retain talent, maintain regulatory compliance, and promote stability and budget predictability. 

Government Compensation Study
Compensation Studies

Help your organization drive success  

Compensation studies provide comprehensive analyses of pay rates, benefits, and incentives, helping your organization to be more strategic and competitive in attracting and retaining top talent essential for your operations. A study can help organizations benchmark pay rates and ensure fair agreements, address pay equity compliance to mitigate legal risks and foster inclusivity, monitor volatile market pay to maintain competitiveness, and adjust job classifications and compensation levels to optimize resource allocation and organizational effectiveness. Guided by these insights, city governments are positioned for success amidst evolving priorities and demands.  

When was your last comp study?

Market conditions and competitive dynamics in the workplace have shifted dramatically in recent years. If it has been more than a couple of years since your last study, it may be time to realign your compensation plan with the market and evaluate if your internal structure reflects the organization's culture on performance and compensation 

Your compensation study road map

At Abdo, we specialize in providing compensation study services tailored to organizations seeking to optimize their compensation strategies and drive success. 


1   |   Collaboration is at the heart of our approach

Our tailored approach begins with an initial consultation where we’ll take time to understand your organization's goals, challenges, and unique requirements, ensuring that we’re in alignment with your business objectives going forward. Our experts will work closely with your team to create a foundational understanding of Abdo’s project methodology and analysis, fostering a sense of ownership and commitment to the project's success. 


2   |   Education is key

We kick off each project with informative and collaborative council education meetings. By engaging with council members early on, we pave the way for smoother adoption meetings and ensure alignment on key compensation philosophy topics from the very beginning of every project. 


3   |   Data Collection & Analysis

Through an extensive market data analysis of your current compensation programs, policies, and practices, including information on pay structures, incentive plans, job descriptions, and competitive positioning. Drawing from a wide range of salary surveys and industry benchmarks, we will provide a thorough review of your organization’s positions, identifying areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. This data-driven approach ensures that your compensation strategies are informed by the latest market trends and best practices. 


4   |   Recommendations

Based on our analysis, we'll provide actionable recommendations to optimize your compensation strategies. This may include adjustments to pay structures, incentive plans, job classifications, and career paths to better align with your organizational goals. We also help align your compensation plan with your desired market position, ensuring that it reflects the realities of your local labor market while also meeting your organizational goals. 


5   |   Implementation Support

We don't just provide a plan; we empower your team for long-term success. We'll provide support and guidance to help you implement the recommended changes effectively. This may involve communication strategies, training programs, and ongoing support to ensure successful implementation and adoption.  

We provide support in communicating compensation changes to employees and stakeholders, ensuring transparency and understanding, and fostering a positive organizational culture. Our experienced team can draft new, accurate, and compliant job descriptions customized to your unique positions and your organization's specific needs. 

We also offer a detailed Cost to Implement Analysis, providing reliable budgetary insight to ensure leaders have the information they need to make compensation decisions with confidence. Using this proprietary and customizable analysis tool, we can adjust the phases of implementation, add constraints to individual pay increases, and factor in future costs of COLA’s (cost of living adjustments). 


6   |   Monitoring & Adjustment

Our relationship doesn't end with the completion of the study. We'll continue to monitor the effectiveness of the implemented changes and provide support as needed to make adjustments over time. That's why we offer comprehensive tools and training to equip your staff with the knowledge and resources needed to administer the compensation plan effectively for years to come.  

Because we meticulously test every proposed plan for your relevant state and local Pay Equity compliance requirements, we can help ensure that your organization follows all regulations and promotes fairness and equality in compensation practices going forward. 

Overall, you can expect a thorough, collaborative, and results-driven process aimed at optimizing your organization's compensation practices and driving success. Partnering with Abdo ensures that your compensation study is conducted with expertise, objectivity, and a focus on achieving your organization's goals.  

Our experts are committed to helping you navigate the complexities of compensation management with confidence and precision. Contact us today to learn more about how our Government Compensation Study Services can support your organization's goals and objectives. 


Guiding you to the best way forward

Our experience delivers proactive problem-solving for any challenge.

Leah Davis, CPA

With experience and empathy, Leah develops customized solutions to help employers solve their people challenges.

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Michael Mooney, SPHR, SHRM-CP

Michael guides clients through HR and compensation compliance so organizations have clear strategic vision.

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