The City of Emporia is continuously working to hire and retain more employees. As a part of this effort, the City Commission contracted the Arnold Group to complete a compensation study to compare current wages with regional averages. The compensation study looked at the 216 job descriptions and classifications the city hires. The study then compared salaries to other locations regionally and across Kansas.
Currently, the City of Emporia has 298 full-time and part-time positions. The compensation study indicates that 236 employees meet criteria for a wage adjustment.
The study also indicated that 183 employees with an average total tenure of 10.35 years and positional tenure of 6.61 years would be in line for a market adjustment to address and unpack wage compression. Graphic A depicts the department breakout under this adjustment.
The compensation study indicated that 160 employees would be in line for a market adjustment simply to get them into the proposed pay scale minimums. Graphic B depicts the department breakout under this adjustment.
In addition, 123 employees are in line for both a market adjustment to address wage compression and an adjustment to move to minimum pay scale.
With this compensation study, the City of Emporia now has data to base a decision for a more competitive pay scale and compensation structure to assist with recruiting and retention. Based on the current study results, the full financial commitment totals $1,653,781. City Commission may take action on this study in a future meeting.
Study Graphic A
Study Graphic B