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Additional Compensation

IHS can provide additional compensation to candidates and employees as a way to compensate employees for their special skills, hours worked and contributions to the IHS mission. Guidance regarding premium pay and recruitment, retention and relocation incentives is provided below.

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Premium pay is additional pay that is provided to eligible employees for additional work performed within certain hours or under certain conditions. There are several different types of premium pay. Employees paid under the Federal Wage System also receive premium pay but their premium pay is under different guidance.

Laws, Regulations, and HHS Guidance 

OPM Guidance 

Comparative salary survey data can be used to determine and defend an appropriate compensation level for federal employees based on statutory and regulatory criteria. One common method of obtaining comparative salary data is to consult the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  which provides free salary data on over 800 occupations. The BLS data may be searched on a nationwide basis, by region, by state and even by metropolitan area. It is particularly helpful if salary data pertains to at least the general region of the IHS position being evaluated. Physician salary data is also publicly available from Merritt Hawkins Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving , a physician recruiting firm.

(IHS network access required) - Additionally, IHS purchases salary data to use in benchmarking pay levels and in evaluating compensation cases. IHS staff who work on pay cases and need access to this data to create and defend cases may obtain this IHS-only salary data on the IHS Office of Human Resources Intranet Page. IHS purchases the comparative salary survey information under a licensed agreement and should not be shared outside of IHS.