Statistics for Compensation: A Practical Guide to Compensation Analysis

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An insightful, hands-on focus on the statistical methods used bycompensation and human resources professionals in their everydaywork

Across various industries, compensation professionals work toorganize and analyze aspects of employment that deal with elementsof pay, such as deciding base salary, bonus, and commissionprovided by an employer to its employees for work performed.Acknowledging the numerous quantitative analyses of data that are apart of this everyday work, Statistics for Compensation provides acomprehensive guide to the key statistical tools and techniquesneeded to perform those analyses and to help organizations makefully informed compensation decisions.

This self-contained book is the first of its kind to explore theuse of various quantitative methods—from basic notions aboutpercents to multiple linear regression—that are used in themanagement, design, and implementation of powerful compensationstrategies. Drawing upon his extensive experience as a consultant,practitioner, and teacher of both statistics and compensation, theauthor focuses on the usefulness of the techniques and theirimmediate application to everyday compensation work, thoroughlyexplaining major areas such as:

  • Frequency distributions and histograms

  • Measures of location and variability

  • Model building

  • Linear models

  • Exponential curve models

  • Maturity curve models

  • Power models

  • Market models and salary survey analysis

  • Linear and exponential integrated market models

  • Job pricing market models

Throughout the book, rigorous definitions and step-by-stepprocedures clearly explain and demonstrate how to apply thepresented statistical techniques. Each chapter concludes with a setof exercises, and various case studies showcase the topic'sreal-world relevance. The book also features an extensive glossaryof key statistical terms and an appendix with technical details.Data for the examples and practice problems are available in thebook and on a related FTP site.

Statistics for Compensation is an excellent reference forcompensation professionals, human resources professionals, andother practitioners responsible for any aspect of base pay,incentive pay, sales compensation, and executive compensation intheir organizations. It can also serve as a supplement forcompensation courses at the upper-undergraduate and graduatelevels.

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About the author

JOHN H. DAVIS, PhD, is a Certified Compensation Professional and President of Davis Consulting, where he has consulted on salary surveys, statistics, base pay programs, incentive programs, and performance management programs for numerous Fortune 1000–size organizations. He has taught undergraduate and graduate statistics courses and, for the past three decades, has taught thousands of compensation and human resources professionals statistics and its application to common problems in their fields.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Aug 24, 2011
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Mathematics / Probability & Statistics / General
Mathematics / Probability & Statistics / Stochastic Processes
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