HR compliance, Human Resources Training

Using Statistics in Compensation


Compensation has a strong and inseverable link with statistics, the reason being that knowledge of the latter is critical and indispensable for devising and analyzing concepts relating to pay, such as pay ranges, pay survey data, individual and group pay rates, and other elements of a compensation program.

A webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry is organizing on January 30, will make an in-depth exploration of the close relationship between statistics and compensation. David J. Wudyka, SPHR, Managing Principal of Westminster Associates in Wrentham, MA, and an independent Human Resource Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the profession, will be the expert at this webinar.

Please visit TrainHR to gain a solid perspective of the bond between statistics and compensation.

This activity has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.


Thorough exploration of all the elements of the pay structure

David will simplify for the participants the assumed complexities of the pay structure, which will help them get a thorough grasp of the many elements of the statistics that go into the pay structure. In the course of helping the participants of this webinar with this aspect, he will raise and answer many core questions relating to statistics in pay structure. These are some of them:

  • How to calculate minimums and maximums of a pay range, knowing just the new midpoints?
  • What is a compa-ratio, and how is it used?
  • How does one calculate a percentile, and how are percentiles used?
  • Why are weighted averages used by the majority of Compensation practitioners, and not the median?
  • What is the difference between simple regression analysis and multiple regression analysis, and how do practitioners use these concepts in a practical way?
  • What is correlation analysis and how does this analysis help in pay program administration?
  • When you are creating new pay structures, how can you estimate the number of grade levels between new midpoints using selected midpoint to midpoint spread percentages?
  • Why do practitioners divide pay ranges into quartiles?

A look into all the measures that go into pay programs

A strong grasp of these statistical concepts can go a long way in improving one’s ability to create and analyze a compensation program. David will help the participants identify the measures that Compensation professionals use when they design and administer pay programs, right from the creation of pay structures to the analysis of pay survey data. The aim is to offer clarity on the elements of compensation programs via the underlying statistics.

This webinar will traverse these areas:

  • How to create and analyze pay range widths (“spreads”)
  • Why “weighted averages” are more widely used than “medians”
  • Defining “means”, “medians” and “modes” (and how to use them)
  • How to understand the statistics of pay structure design
  • Understanding the difference between regression and correlation analysis, and how to apply them effectively in pay program analysis
  • How “percentiles” differ from “percents”, and how to calculate them
  • How to calculate rate range minimums and maximums from estimated midpoints
  • Calculating the “penetration” of pay rates in pay ranges
  • The Compa-ratio: what it is, how to calculate it and how to used it
  • Why pay ranges are divided into “quartiles”
  • The difference between “linear regression” and “multiple regression”
  • How to estimate the number of grade levels between two new pay structure midpoints
  • What are “measures of central tendency” and why are they important for analysis?


This webinar is designed for the benefit of Compensation Analysts, Human Resource Managers, Human Resource Generalists, Financial Managers, and Human Resource Managers who are new to the Compensation function.


About the expert: David has more than thirty years of experience in his specialty, Compensation Consulting. David has taught extensively in colleges and universities such as UMass Boston, Bryant University, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Davis is one of the first people in the United States certified in the Compensation field by the World At Work.

David looks at ways by which the HR department in an organization can enhance its role to become a Strategic Partner in businesses today. He writes extensively on topics of vital interest to the industry, such as how to improve pay transparency and how to narrow the gender pay gap in which the bottom lines for businesses improves, irrespective of their size.



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Executive Compensation


Executive compensation is one of the core elements of an organization, and is yet, at the same time, a highly contentious one. It is one of the hotly debated topics in the corporate and financial worlds. It has to be admitted that many high-profile executive compensation packages routinely keep picking up a row for their disproportionality; yet; these are more cases of exceptions than rules.

Executive compensation, when done in a process oriented, just and well documented manner, will leave no one bitter. It will spur greater effort from the executive layer of the organization and motivate the lower level employees to strive harder to reach executive levels in their organization.

Executive compensation should be thoroughly discussed, the terms clearly stated, and the goals should be clearly defined and documented beforehand. There should be no changes in any of these at later stages, which will arouse suspicion among the other employees.

These and the other important intricacies of executive compensation will be examined in great detail at a webinar that is being organized on September 26 by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the areas of human resources. David Wudyka, a highly experienced human resource consultant, who specializes in compensation consulting, will be the speaker at this session.

Please register for this webinar by visiting TrainHR


This program is of immense value to those who are both new to executive compensation and are experienced at it. The overview of the executive compensation program that David will offer at this webinar is useful to companies of all sizes and types.

Both those who want to design a new program for the first time, as well as those who need insight into established program concepts, will gain from the learning imparted over these ninety minutes. The expert will explain his perspectives and sets of “do’s and don’ts” of executive compensation.

All the elements of an executive compensation program will be covered at this session. These include:

  • What distinguishes EC from other sub-fields of the Compensation function?
  • What is the unique terminology applicable to EC programs?
  • What are the typical (and quite unique) elements of an EC program?
  • What is “good” EC strategy? What is likely to be an ineffective strategy?
  • What does it take to motivate an Executive?
  • What are “stock based” plans, and why are they so central to EC programs?
  • What should Executives be paid? How surveys of EC pay can be effectively utilized?
  • What tips exist for managing Executive performance?
  • What is an overview for designing an EC program?
  • The role of taxation in stock-based plans
  • What’s an “ESOP”?
  • Should an EC program have an “egalitarian” philosophy?
  • Why stock values are NOT an effective way of measuring CEO success
  • Why EVA and SVA plans may be the BEST way to evaluate CEO effectiveness
  • Can Executives have pay plans that reward just Executives?
  • When should a company use “Phantom Stock”? How is it calculated?
  • What is the difference between “Qualified” and “Non-Qualified” stock plans?
  • What is “Total Compensation” and why is it so important?
  • What are “Perquisites” and what are some common examples?
  • What is Egalitarianism and when should we use it to manage Compensation?
  • What is the role of “Job Evaluation” in the EC program?

Personnel that deal with executive compensation, such as Human Resource Managers, Compensation Analysts, Compensation Managers and Financial Managers of HR Departments will benefit from his webinar.


About the expert: Managing Principal of Westminster Associates of Wrentham, MA, David brings over three decades of experience in speaking, teaching and writing about compensation and other HR issues. David has taught extensively in colleges and universities such as UMass Boston, Bryant University, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.