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What is incentive pay?

Incentive pay is a form of compensation employers choose to offer employees as a way to motivate high performance. In other words, incentive pay is separate from base salary in that it is designed to encourage—it is not a mandatory form of payment by th

Pay-for-performance compensation: What is it and how it works

Pay-for-performance is a compensation model set by the employer. This payment structure is often utilized as an incentive. Incentivizing with performance-based pay is an effective tool to reach revenue goals, company growth metrics, and attract and maintain hi

What are the laws of holiday pay?

Managing holidays can be a complex matter when figuring out paid time off, determining which holidays are included as vacation time, and how much focused work time you can expect around those key dates. Having a better understanding of holiday laws can help br

Payscale’s 2022 Compensation Best Practices Survey is now open for participation

The largest survey dedication to compensation best practices (CBPR) is now open for participation through the end of December. This survey is appropriate for anyone who manages compensation...

Non-exempt vs. exempt employees: What’s the difference?

Exempt means exempt from overtime pay. Exempt status is determined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) if the employee meets the criteria.

How to create a compensation strategy for remote work

Payscale recently released research on the State of Remote Work in 2021 finds that 81 percent of organizations don’t have a compensation strategy for remote work. That’s concerning. Remote work has upended traditional workplace dynamics and employees have

Base salary: what is it, how to calculate, what to offer

A base salary, also known as base pay, is the initial compensation amount or wage before taxes and other deductions.

What is Severance Pay?

Severance pay is compensation an employer may pay an employee after departing from the company. While severance pay is common and can establish good will among employees, it is not required by law. Severance packages are most commonly offered for layoffs, invo

Gross Pay vs Net Pay: What’s the Difference?

Gross pay (also known as gross salary) is the amount of compensation a company or organization pays an employee before any required or voluntary deductions take effect, per payment period. Gross pay is the number listed at the top of each payroll statement. Fo

The Gender Pay Gap is Real. To Close It, Pay Equity Needs to Be a Continuous Practice

This post on “The Gender Pay Gap is Real” also appears as an article on LinkedIn by the same author. It is cross-posted to the Payscale blog. The opinions in this post belong to the author. If you didn’t know, Wednesday, March 24, 2021...

MarketPay Jobs: An Unparalleled Solution

Accurate job descriptions can serve as a key document in developing a fair and equitable work environment. A job description is a technical document that acts as the backbone and infrastructure of how to do a job well. It covers competencies, abilities,

PayScale Releases 2021 Compensation Best Practices Report

PayScale is thrilled to announce the launch of our 2021 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR), the largest survey in North America to focus specifically on compensation and total rewards. PayScale has been releasing CBPR every year for 12 years now, but 20