Compensation & Benefits Survey Report

WSA’s wage and benefit report is the first of its kind for early education programs in the Northwest.  Partnering with the Oregon Head Start Association, we have collected data for the job categories identified in the Office of Head Start’s “Guide for Conducting Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Survey.”

Salary data in the report is broken out by quartile, reported:

  • By state (Washington & Oregon)
  • By agency size
  • By agency and program type
  • By demographic (urbanized, suburban, rural)

The report totals 102 pages, with a full page of analysis for each of the job categories, and also analysis of employee education levels, benefits and coverage patterns, both in Washington and Oregon.

Who Uses this Report?

  • Executive directors, program directors and COOs
  • Chief financial officers and fiscal managers
  • Human resource directors and staff
  • Compensation committees and other leadership groups
  • Compensation and benefits consultants

Project Background

This study is a response to requests from local Head Start programs that typically hire outside consultants or devote significant staff time to collect this information. By hiring a single, experienced consultant on the state level and using online tools, WSA has created a database that is more thorough and less costly to local programs.

The project is based on the OHS “Guide for Conducting a Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Survey,” using the job categories defined in that instruction. Our analyst specializes in compensation survey reports for professional associations nationally. This project was also informed by other state Head Start associations that are using the same consultant.

The OHS Guide cautions programs against relying exclusively on local area compensation data because particular positions often compete against larger labor markets. Per OHS guidance, our survey will report out data in categories that facilitate comparison to other programs with similar demographics (urban/rural, cost of living, size of program, region, etc.).

To Order

To order a copy, go to WSA Comp Report.   Pricing is on a sliding scale, based on the size of agency and whether they participated in the data collection.  Solo ECEAP programs which are not part of larger agencies with Head Start, are eligible for a further discounted price and should contact the publisher directly.