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Why do some county employees in Brunswick earn less than those in the same jobs in surrounding counties?

Andrew Dunn
StarNews

The latest, from June 15, 2013: Brunswick officials pleased with results of pay study, raises

With the beginning of the new fiscal year approaching, an overhaul of pay and pay scales in Brunswick County government will go into effect on June 24, 2013.

Jan 5, 2011, update:

Brunswick County’s salary review has not been completed, and there is no guarantee that any raises will be available in the next year, human resources director Debbie Barnes said.

The human resources department is still looking at the data provided by the UNC School of Government, but has run into trouble matching up job titles across counties, Barnes said. That has slowed the process.

“We just don’t have it done yet,” she said.

But she said she could not say whether the results of the study could bring about raises for any employees.

Barnes said the county administration would like to give raises, but that the state of the economy and the county’s finances are still up in the air.

“We would love for that to happen,” she said. “I can’t commit to you or anyone else.”

The original answer:

The Brunswick County human resources department is actually now in the process of finding out whether this is the case, Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes said.

But while individuals in particular jobs might be paid different amounts across counties, Barnes said she has no indication right now that Brunswick County pays significantly less.

Brunswick does look at other counties to gauge its pay scales. But surrounding counties aren’t always the best comparison, Barnes said. It is usually better to look at counties of comparable size and demographics.

And when comparing individual jobs, you also have to look at whether a job title in another county has the same responsibilities, she said.

Even within the same job title in the same county, employees can also make significantly different amounts based on their experience and job performance, Barnes said. Employees with better performance can receive bigger pay raises.

Brunswick County has just received some data from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government about county employee wages, and will be reviewing where Brunswick stands, Barnes said.

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2 Responses to “ Why do some county employees in Brunswick earn less than those in the same jobs in surrounding counties?”

  1. On September 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm lynne s wrote:

    i read that reply and i must say that reply is just a straight out lie if ever to be told.
    I ask that a news reporter put in some work and investigate for them selves and see that Barnes gave a quick lie.
    Brunswick county is the biggest so explain how can you compare Brunswick to another county. If they want to compare then look at Alamance County. Look at the counties there.
    I ask that someone look into this cause times are hard and why should we work two jobs to make it when others are getting that top pay.

  2. On January 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    This answer was updated by Andrew Dunn on Jan. 5, 2011.



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