Compensation

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The City of Olathe provides a compensation program to attract and retain qualified employees.

Compensation Objectives

  • Reward employee performance with a Performance Based Pay System
  • Respond to change in economic conditions
  • Comply with all state and federal regulations
  • Compensate at market-based salary rates with respect to employee demonstrated performance, job skill, and experience
  • Apply fair and equitable compensation consistently, without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status

The City has the flexibility to pay within a salary range based on the following factors:

  • Experience an applicant possesses
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities applicable to the job
  • Demand in the labor market

Salary Surveys

The City of Olathe periodically surveys the market place in other jurisdictions.

  • Surveys are conducted on jobs similar in nature and scope of responsibility.
  • Comparable market sources vary depending on the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
  • Local, regional and national survey data depends on the scope of work, responsibility, and general recruiting pool for a specific job.

Pay Structures

The City of Olathe currently operates three separate pay structures.
The following pay structures have elements of pay market rates and equity built in.

Career Banding Pay Structure

The Career Banding Pay Structure covers all employees excluding Police and Fire Step Employees.
Each job position is placed into one of the following five bands and the structure is administered similarly across all bands.

Four bands for the Career Banding Pay Structure include: 

  • Skilled Labor
  • Technical Professional
  • General Administration
  • Executive

Fire Pay Structure

  • The Fire pay structure provides annual pay increases for Firefighters, Paramedics, Fire Engineers and Captains. 
  • The market is surveyed annually to ensure competitive ranges. 
  • Each pay range is considered and adjusted independently.
  • Employees progress upon satisfactory performance in the annual review. 
  • Employees who are at the top of the range receive a lump sum payment in lieu of a salary increase.
  • Ranks above Fire Captain are compensated in the Career Banding Pay Structure.

Police Pay Structure

  • The Police pay structure provides annual pay increases for Police Officers and Police Sergeants.
  • The market for these positions is surveyed annually to ensure competitive ranges.
  • Employees progress upon satisfactory performance in the annual review.
  • Employees who are at the top of the range receive a lump sum payment in lieu of a salary increase.
  • Ranks above Police Sergeant are compensated in the Career Banding Pay Structure.

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