Human Resources Service Center

Compensation Information

What is Compensation?

Pay provided by an employer to an employee for his/her services rendered. Compensation comprises elements of pay, such as base pay, differential pay, etc. and can be identified as either direct or indirect compensation.

Direct Compensation vs Indirect Compensation
Direct Compensation Includes:Indirect Compensation includes (if eligible):
  • Base Pay
  • Differential Pay
  • Stipends
  • Overtime
  • Legally Required Benefits (Unemployment, Workers’ Compensation and FMLA)
  • Disability Insurance and Income Protection
  • Medical, Vision and Dental Benefits
  • Pay for Time Not Worked (Holidays, Sick, Vacation, Jury Duty, Bereavement)
  • Unpaid Leave
  • Flexible Benefit Plans (Flexible Spending Accounts)

What is the Difference Between an In-Range Progression (IRP), an In-Class Progression (ICP) and a Classification Change?

Difference Between an In-Range Progression (IRP), an In-Class Progression (ICP) and a Classification Change
In-Range Progression (IRP)In-Class Progression (ICP)Classification Change

Each Collective Bargaining Agreement outlines the specific requirements to submit an IRP.

If approved, an increase in pay within a salary range for a single classification, or within a sub-range of a classification that has skill levels.

Advancement or movement to a higher skill level and the corresponding sub-range within a classification that includes more than one skill level. Each skill level is assigned its own salary band. Examples of classifications include IT Series, AA/S Series and Confidential Office Support Series.

A job evaluation that identifies the best fit for the majority or most critical aspects of the position’s work assignments and requirements.


Classification Review Forms/Procedures

In-Range Progression Form and Process Instructions


Stipends are paid on a monthly basis, are not prorated by start date, the full amount is received regardless of effective date in a pay period.  The employee will receive a separate check for stipend pay. Stipends are flat taxed.  If the employee is currently contributing to CalPERS at a full-time rate, the earnings from this stipend will not be included in CalPERS calculations.  Stipend award eligibility varies by Collective Bargaining Agreement or MOU.

Stipend Forms

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