By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council approved a new compensation plan that will increase pay for city employees effective Jan. 1, 2024.
According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, the plan compresses the wage scale, going from 20-plus classifications down to 10.
“Also, a wage adjustment will be applied, roughly 10 percent, across the board,” said King. “The results of the compensation study completed by the consultant showed that our pay is lagging behind other public sector employees.”
King said the city does a compensation study every three years to see if it is offering salaries that are competitive with the market.
“We have to make sure we stay competitive,” said King.
He added that, by simplifying the wage program, it saves the city the money it normally has to pay out to an outside entity for a compensation study every three years.
“Three years from now when it is time for another compensation plan study we will be able to do it in house because it will be easier to do and thereby save the $10,000 we would normally have to pay for a study,” said King.
The compensation plan was created by Clemans-Nelson & Associates, Inc.
Elements considered in the plan include: analyzing the current compensation plan; revising and updating job descriptions to match actual duties; comparisons with current wage rates of similar municipalities; and developing a job related performance evaluation tool.
According to city of Groveport Personnel Director Joyce Myers, the following municipalities were chosen for comparison for the wage market study: Canal Winchester, Delaware, Gahanna, Grove City, Hilliard, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, and Worthington.
“These cities were chosen because they were the closest in proximity, size, and similar to the city of Groveport,” said Myers.