Industry: Technology

The fair way to set employee salaries

July 16, 2009: 12:39 PM ET

Not sure if you're underpaying or overpaying? Third-party salary surveys can help.

Thomas, San Francisco
I have a video production company with five full-time editors. I'm always stressed thinking I'm either overpaying them and I'm going to go broke, or underpaying them and am going to lose them and/or they're going to get resentful. Because of this, I realize I manage them nervously, which is not good management. How does one determine pay parity? I would like to pay them fairly so I can stop worrying and pay and manage them with confidence. More

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    Sep 11, 2008 9:56 AM ET
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