Architecture’s compensation issues arise from inequitable opportunities, valuation of work, and pay practices. Removing compensation gaps supports talent recruitment, development, and retention—along with the growth of individuals, firms, and the profession. This guide discusses wage disparities in architecture, including their origins and impacts. It establishes how compensation equity spans four dimensions (transparency, alignment, compliance, and fairness) and provides questions to consider when assessing organizations’ compensation.

You’ll also learn the legal factors related to unfair, discriminatory compensation and steps to increase compensation equity.

New additions to Chapter 3 (effective December 2020)

  • Greater focus on employees' perceptions of justice and equity in a firm in connection with information about wage and opportunity gaps.
  • Emphasis on changes that reverse historical patterns of disadvantage for certain groups and at the same time benefit all employees.


Chapter 3: Compensation >

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