Forsyth County’s compensation philosophy is to pay its employees fairly and equitably based on a comparison of duties and responsibilities as well as labor market salary data.
This philosophy supports that County Government exists to provide certain necessary and important services to the citizens of Forsyth County. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the County must attract and retain competent and qualified employees dedicated to the mission of providing high quality public service. This requires a pay plan that is competitive, rewards employees based on performance, and is based on fiscal accountability to the taxpayers of Forsyth County.
The hiring process will be based on open competition to ensure all receive equal opportunity. New hires with comparable qualifications will receive comparable compensation. The recommended hiring range is between the minimum and 15% above the minimum for most classes. However, market drivers may vary the hiring range for some positions. Each pay grade will have a specific hiring range in relationship to the minimum salary. Special consideration will be given to internal equity when extending job offers or negotiating starting salaries. Equity is defined as fair market pay for the job performed considering the candidate’s qualifications in comparison to the requirements for the job. A list of North Carolina County salary data can be located on the UNC School of Government's County Salary Survey Dashboard.