Compensation Philosophy

Wellesley College’s compensation philosophy is to pay competitively with the external labor market, considering both wages and fringe benefits in order to determine “total compensation.” 

To uphold the compensation philosophy, Wellesley College annually participates in appropriate surveys to determine competitive compensation levels. The compensation surveys in which we participate include the following subgroups:

  • Local Colleges and Universities 
  • Non-profit organizations 
  • Greater Boston for-profit organizations
  • Functional-area specific roles 

The survey data utilized may vary depending on where and with whole we compete for qualified employees for certain roles. 

The Office of Human Resources & Equal Opportunity will examine benchmark positions; jobs that are easily compared to other organizations, well-defined and representative of positions across the College. In addition, Human Resources compares benchmark positions with comparable positions throughout the College to ensure that all administrative staff roles are paid equitably. 

The responsibilities, skills, and competencies described in an employee’s role document together with the employee’s prior experience, skills and abilities determine the pay opportunity while individual performance determine actual pay.