Canyon County working to level playing field in pay equity

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) -- Canyon County officials say they're making up for dramatically underpaying some employees over the years by using what's called a market analysis approach: comparing Canyon County salaries to similar jobs in other places.

" So we included Nampa, Boise, Caldwell," said human resources director Jeannine Eiband. "Then Ada County, Payette County, Gem and Owyhee Counties. We included the state of Idaho and several industry specific organizations."

"The goal is to bring the people's salary up to where they should be," said Canyon County commissioner Kathy Alder. "Based on market, based on comparable positions."

But county officials admit not all employees like the new way of raising wages.

The biggest jumps in the sheriff's office would go to lieutenants. The largest increases range from about $9,700 to roughly $8,800 a year.

A systems analyst for the sheriff's office could also get a sizeable bump.

Right now, the job pays about $45,000 a year. Under the new approach, that person would make about $54,000.

Other increases that caught our eye: the weed and gopher superintendent would make more than $55,000 a year and problem solving clerks, who work in the county's various courts, would get an increase of more than $4,000 a year

Remember, these increases are just recommendations. The elected officials and department heads must approve them, then the county commissioners vote on the budget.