According to Indeed, pay transparency has gained momentum over the last three years with 50 percent of job advertisements including salary information.
The pay transparency movement increased during the pandemic. During that time and continuing, we are seeing more state and local laws being passed that require employers to disclose the pay range for a position to applicants or employees. As laws are being passed regarding pay transparency, there are state and regional differences found that include:
- Western states provide pay details at a higher rate than southern states.
- Colorado is the leading state in regard to job ads featuring pay information.
- Mississippi has the lowest transparency level, followed by Arkansas and Louisiana.
Including salary information in job advertisements can have several advantages, as it helps both employers and job seekers. Providing the salary information in a prominent place and easily readable format helps job seekers quickly assess whether the position aligns with their salary expectations and will attract candidates who are genuinely interested in the position. This can streamline the recruitment process and save valuable time for both the employer and applicants.
For more information, check out the SHRM article Half of Job Ads Now Contain Salary Information. More on the benefits of pay transparency can be found in the HRX article Fostering a Culture of Pay Transparency.
Lauren Wurman joined the HR Services team as an HR and compensation consultant in 2023. She assists with compensation plan development, training, and other HR projects. Prior to TASB, Wurman spent 18 years working in education. Most recently, she was the executive director of human resources for a Texas public school district.
Wurman holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas. She also has a pHCLE certification.
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