National Trends in Compensation

On a national basis, research shows that from 2000-2013 positions requiring college or advanced academic degree holder's real wage growth grew at a significantly faster rate than did market pay for lower wage non-degreed positions. However, under Cumberland County's old compensation system historically that was not the case. Prior to July 2015, the County's pay structure moved employees at the same rate within the pay scale grade and step increments on an annual basis.  The result, as the Gallagher study revealed, is that predominantly non-degreed positions were overpaid as compared to market and degreed positions were underpaid as compared to market. The new compensation structure effective July 12, 2015 adjusts these inequities.