Human Resources Management and Development

Compensation Study Information


An Overview of the Staff Classification Structure by Job Series

Butler's classification structure for staff jobs has been established based on information provided by staff in the Position Description Questionnaires and from interviews conducted by the compensation consultants, Fox Lawson & Associates. Jobs were evaluated using the Decision Band Method, a highly effective method of job evaluation that was originated by Professor Emeritus Thomas T. Paterson and further developed and refined by Fox Lawson & Associates.

The basic premise of the Decision Band Method is that the value of a job in an organization depends on its decision-making requirements. This methodology is used for comparisons across the entire spectrum of jobs in any organization. There are six Decision Bands: Policy, Programming, Interpretive, Process, Operational and Defined. Further sub-grading and a step-by-step refining process enables an organization to distinguish differences between various jobs, taking into consideration the factors of skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions. The varying levels of jobs differentiated by these factors create the classification structure.

The classification structure has 21 job series and 12 stand-alone classifications. Each job series lists jobs in order from the lowest to the highest skill level. Each job series identified at Butler denotes a body or nature of work that has two or more distinct responsibility and skill levels. Stand-alone classifications are jobs that do not have two or more levels of skill at Butler at the time of this study. The classification structure will change as jobs are restructured and new jobs are created.

Final Classification Structure and Salary Ranges - The key elements are:

  • Job Series
  • Classification Title (New Job Title)
  • Current Job Title
  • Series Level
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Key Distinguishing Characteristics
  • DBM Rating (alphanumeric) - The letter denotes the Decision Band; the numbers denote the sub-grade. Job titles in some of the Job Series, e.g. Director, Head Coach, have more than one DBM Rating. The sub-grade is applicable to specific positions within the job title.
  • Salary Range - Shows the minimum, midpoint and maximum of the salary range. Salary ranges are subject to change each year based on market movement.


Staff Compensation

Position Description Questionnaire (PDF)    Click here to access Microsoft Word (doc) version