Total employee compensation study launched


For Immediate Release

Director and Secretary
of Finance and Revenue


State of Oklahoma
Office of Management and Enterprise Services

June 5, 2013

Total employee compensation study launched

Effort to review pay, benefits of most executive branch employees

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Office of Management and Enterprise Services this week launched a comprehensive state employee compensation study to determine appropriate compensation levels for an estimated 33,000 state employees.

“The state needs the ability to recruit, reward and retain a quality workforce to serve its citizens,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “This study will explore sustainable, fiscally conservative ways to ensure capable state workers are appropriately compensated for the important work they do day in and day out.”

Fallin and legislative leaders this past session requested a comprehensive review of employee compensation in order to formulate informed compensation policy proposals for the state workforce. The OMES division of Human Capital Management is conducting the study with the assistance of national consultants and a working group comprised of officials from the governor’s office, Legislature, state agencies and Oklahoma Public Employees Association.

“It’s time to review the whole compensation package to find ways to improve it,” said Secretary of Finance and Revenue Preston L. Doerflinger, director of OMES. “We need newer, smarter strategies if public service is to compete for and retain talent in today’s marketplace.”

Key components of the study include:

  • development of a statewide employee compensation philosophy;
  • an extensive data-driven review of current compensation levels;
  • a comparison of current compensation levels to other public and private sector market levels;
  • recommendations for appropriate pay and benefits packages.

The study will cover all executive branch state agency employees who are not employed by higher education institutions, local education institutions or local career technology centers. A final report is expected in the fall.

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