The County has three different pay tables- Classified, EMS/ 24 hr, and Civil Service. Most positions within the county are classified and are under grades that begin with JC (Johnson County.) The EMS/24hr are specific to positions within Med Act and grades begin with ES (Emergency Services). Civil Service positions are specific to Sheriff's dept and grades begin with CS (Civil Service).
Each position classification corresponds with a pay range in the pay table. The entire pay range is considered to be market-competitive for that position classification.
The pay range is divided into thirds, known as “Terciles.” The differences in the terciles are defined as follows:
- First Tercile: This Tercile is appropriate for employees who are new to the career field and/or may be in the process of expanding or refining their skill sets within their positions or career fields.
- Second Tercile: This Tercile is appropriate for employees who have accumulated knowledge or skills related to their positions or career fields. They are fully functional, high performing employees.
- Third Tercile: This Tercile is appropriate for significantly experienced employees who have accomplished a general course or progression of work and professional achievements that represent accumulated commitment to an occupation. They are fully functional, consistently high performing employees.
Budgetary or market conditions may cause an employee to be paid in any of the three Terciles, regardless of Tercile definitions. Such conditions include funding for vacant positions, the size of the compensation pool, the availability of qualified applicants at the time of hire, and other relevant factors.
Pay Table Maintenance
The Department of Human Resources will conduct annually a comprehensive external market analysis of the pay table to ensure that the pay ranges are market competitive, based on the County’s compensation philosophy. Recommendations to change or increase pay ranges are made by the Department of Human Resources as necessary, as a part of the annual budget process.
Pay table changes are typically implemented effective the first day of the first pay period of each fiscal year.
Pay rates for unclassified positions are based on external market data, statutory requirements, the civil service pay table, or other guidelines.