The Classification and Compensation Unit ensures that the County’s classification and compensation system is properly developed and maintained. Staff conduct classification, position, and compensation studies, which may involve anything from a single-position audit to a study of an entire classification series or organizational unit. Additional information on how to initiate a study is available by clicking on "Request Classification Study " below.
The Classification and Compensation Unit stands ready to assist in evaluating the County’s classification and compensation system needs. For more information, or to contact the Human Resources Department to discuss these issues further, call: 559-600-1800, or e-mail: HRClassification@fresnocountyca.gov
The County of Fresno has over 7,000 employees, each doing a unique and important job. Each job is known, in Human Resources terminology, as a position, which is made up of the unique duties and responsibilities held by a single employee. Often, multiple positions are very similar to one another – for instance, many employees do similar work as receptionists or as attorneys. When there are numerous similar positions, they are placed into groups called classifications. The County has over 600 classifications in its job classification system. The classification system is important because it assists Human Resources in recruiting, provides benchmarks for setting salaries, helps departments determine what duties they can assign to different employees, and delineates a clear career path for employees.
Over time, changes to the duties and responsibilities of some positions can lead to the classification system no longer defining those positions accurately or compensating them equitably. To determine if this has occurred, a class study is performed. The classification study reviews multiple factors, including skills, complexity, and responsibility, to determine if any changes have occurred that are significant enough to merit a change in the classification. Changes could be as minor as a language adjustment to the classification specification, or as major as the creation of multiple new classifications.
You can learn more about the classification study process in the Classification Study Narrative.
Human Resources regularly performs salary surveys of similar agencies and local competitors to ensure that salaries paid are competitive with other similar employers. The main focus of comparison is government agencies, mainly counties, in the Central Valley region from Kern County up to Sacramento County. Comparable salaries are adjusted for cost-of-living variations and carefully reviewed to ensure a reasonable similarity of duties and minimum qualifications.
Our methodology is available in our Salary Survey Whitepaper.