Compensation & Benefits Data

In a world of opinions, having the right information to make decisions matters.

It takes having the right information to stay competitive in the recruitment and retention of great staff and leaders for your program.

The 2021 Wage and Benefit Study is broken out by quartile, reported on a statewide level and by cluster whenever possible.

Your 2021 Compensation & Benefits Study Findings:

  • Includes data from 66 Head Start programs
  • Are based on the Office of Head Start “Guide for Conducting a Wage and Fringe    Benefits Comparability Survey”
Latest Edition

The Wage and Benefit Study survey was conducted in Fall 2021, and findings were released in February 2022. This study is only available as a PDF. No hard copies are available.

  • HSC Members: This report is free for Head Start California members. To download the free report, first log in, then proceed here.
  • Non-members: $500





Purchaser License

When purchasing this report, your agency agrees to a single use license, and not to reproduce or share the report outside of your agency or delegate agencies.
For questions about ordering the survey, contact:

About the Report

This report analyzes 58 job categories and is broken out by quartile, reported on a statewide level, by cluster whenever possible.
As well as by:

  • Agency size
  • Agency and program type
  • Demographic (urban, suburban, rural)
  • Union and non-union
  • Budget Range
  • The study also reports on employee education levels, staff turnover, and unionization. It has expanded information on benefits and coverage and updated guidelines for using wage data for your local organizations.

Who Uses this Report?

  • Executive directors, program directors and COOs
  • Chief financial officers and fiscal managers
  • Human resource directors and staff
  • Compensation committees and other leadership groups
  • Compensation and benefits consultants

*The OHS Guide cautions programs against relying exclusively on local area compensation data because particular positions often compete against larger labor markets. Per OHS guidance, our California survey reported out data in categories that facilitate comparison to other programs with similar demographics (urban/rural, cost of living, size of program, region, etc.).

Additional Analysis

For programs looking to conduct specialized analysis beyond the scope of the published report, contact HSC’s consultant Whorton Marketing & Research at


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