WHSA Wage Comparability Study

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Project Description:

Head Start Programs are regularly required to complete wage studies. It is a task that is time consuming and arduous. This requirement is also an integral data project that can help directors and their management teams make decisions about budgets, program design, and possible changes such as enrollment reduction/changes of scope.

To help make this process easier, WHSA has worked with the Ohio Head Start Association, the Minnesota Head Start Association, and the Indiana Head Start Association to create a statewide wage comparability study with data from Payscale (a world leader in wage comparability data conglomeration). WHSA has also compiled a comprehensive list of additional resources to assist Head Start programs with your their wage studies.

From the Head Start Act:

Improving Head Start for School Readiness The Head Start Act, Section 653 requires that Head Start programs not pay less than the minimum wage rate prescribed in section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and encourages Head Start agencies to provide compensation according to salary scales that are based on training and experience.

Sec. 640(a)(5)(A). Allotment of Funds; Limitations on Assistance requires that funds be reserved to carry out quality improvement activities under paragraph (4)(C) and this paragraph “shall be used to improve the compensation (including benefits) of educational personnel, family service workers, and child counselors, as described in sections 644(a) and 653, in the manner determined by the Head Start agencies (including Early Head Start agencies) involved to:

 (i) ensure that compensation is adequate to attract and retain qualified staff for the programs involved in order to enhance program quality; (ii) improve staff qualifications and assist with the implementation of career development programs for staff that support ongoing improvement of their skills and expertise; and (iii) provide education and professional development to enable teachers to be fully competent to meet the professional standards established under section 648A(a)(1)…

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What is Payscale?

Payscale is an American compensation software and data company which helps employers manage employee compensation and employees understand their worth in the job market.

Compiled within this tool is an extensive set of data from 79 WI cities and a large variety of 58 positions. For your convenience, these categories are sorted by both location and job title. In addition to Payscale data, you’ll see an extensive list of other federal, state, and local data to help you create your wage comparability study.

Learn more about Payscale here: https://www.payscale.com/why-payscale/?tk=nav

Click Here to Register for the WHSA Wage Comparability Study!


The price of this resource is dependent on the total program funding allotment as follows:


Registration allows for one full program year of usage. At the end of the year, the access password will be changed. Program registration will be automatically renewed annually unless services are cancelled by the executive director and a new password will be issued if necessary.

Cancellation of service (at the end of the purchased year) can be accomplished by contacting Jennie at jenniem@whsaonline.org or Brian at brians@whsanonline.org. Mid-year cancellation and partial payment requests will not be entertained at this time. 

Resources Available through the WCS:

WHSA Payfactors Wage Comparability Study

  1. Payfactors Comparative Pay Scales – by City
  2. Payfactors Comparative Pay Scales – by Position
    • Position descriptions

Other Wage Comparability Resources

  1. Office of Head Start Program Information Report – Wisconsin
    • Comprehensive data on the services, staff, children, and families served by Head Start and Early Head Start programs
  2. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Resources
    • Teacher and administrative salaries by district
  3. Wisconsin Department of Administration/Personnel Management Resources
    • Describes how state employee pay is established, and maintained
    • Includes basic authority for classifying positions – “Alpha List”
  4. University of WI Resources
    • UW title and salary structure to attract, retain, and reward employees
  5. Child Care Services Association Resources
    • A Look at Salary/Wage Scales for the Early Childhood Educator Workforce
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment)
  7. United States Office of Personnel Management
    • Expertise on a variety of Governmentwide pay programs

Click Here to Register for the WHSA Wage Comparability Study!

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