|Career Development Professional Profiles Office Culture Job Hunting Advice Editor's Picks|
Home > Article
Q. At work, two departments have two separate requirements. One requires a four-year bachelor's degree with a lower starting salary than the other, which requires only a two-year associate's degree. Is this appropriate?
A. I know of no legal precedent requiring employers to pay someone with a bachelor's degree more than someone with an associate's degree. If your company has a compensation strategy that pays its employees based on competence and skill sets, it is possible that someone with an associate's degree would get paid more than an employee with a bachelor's degree.
I can't say whether it is appropriate to pay employees with an associate's degrees more than employees with a bachelor's degree because I don't know what jobs and departments you are referring to. For instance, some IT jobs that require only an associate's degree will pay more than some jobs in accounting.
Your company will only run into problems if it applies its policies inconsistently. It shouldn't require one employee to have a bachelor's degree, and pay someone without a bachelor's more money in the same position.
- Erisa Ojimba, Certified Compensation Professional
Copyright 2000-2004 © Salary.com, Inc.
More Related Articles
If you take a job in a small, publicly held company, should you expect to earn less than at a large, public company? The surprising answer is no. Compensation survey data shows that a person working in a company with, say, $50 million in annual revenue should be making the same amount as a person doing the same job in a company with $500 million in revenues.
Smart Steps you can take to Find future Job Opportunities
Prospective changes in the employment picture can impact the career decisions you make now. With the help of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can predict what the workforce of the future will look like by tracking shifts in the labor market.
The Right Career Moves
There are many reasons to consider relocating for your career - but some make a lot more sense than others. Here are some "right" reasons to plan a move for your career.
Google Web Search
Didn't see what you were looking for?
powered by Google