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The following resources will help NBAA Members participate in the 2014 Compensation Survey and help understand the results for the 2013 Compensation & Benchmark Survey. For addittional assistance, contact NBAA's Peter Korns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review answers to common questions about participating in NBAA’s Compensation Survey and accessing and interpreting results. Review the Compensation Survey FAQs.
NBAA’s Compensation Survey provides a valuable starting place for the compensation decision-making process. NBAA offers some basic guidance for using survey data in practice. Review salary administration guidance.
Job titles vary widely, so when determining which job category to use when entering or evaluating a particular employee, you should use these job descriptions to determine the most appropriate match. Review the employee job categories used in the Compensation Survey.
NBAA’s Compensation Survey includes results presented by FAA region. Each compensation submission is matched to the appropriate region based upon the individual employee’s ZIP code. Review the list of FAA regions.
NBAA’s Compensation Survey includes results presented for those employees located within major metropolitan areas and those located outside of major metropolitan areas. Review the list of major metropolitan areas.
Information About the 2013 Compensation & Benchmark Survey Results
The 2013 Compensation & Benchmark Survey results were based upon on 630 aviation departments that responded to the survey.
The demographic characteristics of the 2,973 individuals covered are presented in four types of tables: base salary, total compensation, minimum salary range and maximum salary ranges.
Following the tables of base salaries, there is a table that analyzes total compensation. In this case, the count, average, and median, as well as the first and third quartiles and 10th and 90th percentiles, are provided and are arranged next to the average and median base salaries for the same types of positions.
It should be noted that in order to protect confidentiality, composite data are only presented when four or more individuals are included in a particular category or when results do not reveal or disclose information about a responding department.
The survey requested the minimum and maximum salary if such ranges were established by the company for that employee category. Not all companies have a set compensation range for employees, so the composite data for salary ranges are based on a smaller number of respondents than the base salary information. There are separate tables for the minimum values and maximum values, with a full set of descriptive statistics for each.
Many of the tables report median values, along with the mean or average value. The median is that salary which is in the middle of the salary range – higher than half of all salaries in the category and lower than half of the salaries. The average is the total of all salaries divided by the number of individuals reporting salaries. The average value can be distorted by unusually high or unusually low numbers. The median, however, is not influenced by extreme values.
Other statistics used in the salary tables are the quartile and the percentile. This statistic is similar to a median in that it is the salary that divides all salaries into two groups, one group containing 25 percent of the salaries and the other group containing the remaining 75 percent. The first quartile, therefore, is that salary which is higher than 25 percent of the salaries but lower than the remaining 75 percent. Similarly, the third quartile is that salary figure which is higher than 75 percent of the other salaries presented. The 10th percentile is that salary figure which is higher than 10 percent of the salaries but lower than the remaining 90 percent. In turn, the 90th percentile is that salary figure which is higher than 90 percent of the other salaries in the table. The mean value combined with the quartiles, 10th and 90th percentiles, the median, and the minimum and maximum, provide a very detailed description of the salaries paid in the responding aviation departments.