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Internal Equity Trumps External Competitiveness

Compensation Cafe

In fact, most experienced compensation professional are able to craft apparently objective survey comparisons to produce any number they want; that is one of the reasons compensation is as much art as science. But if any of the externally competitive figures turn out to be less than the amount paid to an equally-performing more junior less experienced peer with inferior credentials, the trump card of internal equity will be played to justify an upwards adjustment.