When I was employed with the city of Aurora, Colo., one of my tasks was to complete job analyses/evaluations by observing employees performing their job-required tasks. Analyses were done to maintain fair salaries for all employees.
Attributes of an individual to efficiently perform a job included the appropriate level of education required, years of experience, special training, applicable skills, knowledge and other abilities. The level of education and skills for a typist were very different from a paramedic’s. And the salary for each was very different due to these required elements.
When a fast-food worker can make $15 an hour in a state where the minimum wage was $9.47, and a skilled administrative assistant may make $18-20 per hour, the administrative assistant’s job is devalued because of the high wage for the fast-food worker. The skill set for each is very different. The pay for the job should be paid based on requirements of the tasks involved.
Jenny Sontag, Richland