Pay Equity:

Status of State Activities

GGD-86-141BR: Published: Sep 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided updated information on states' pay equity activities, specifically their: (1) job evaluation systems for classified state employees not covered in this report; (2) pay equity policies; and (3) pay equity studies.

GAO found that of the 48 states surveyed: (1) 46 used job evaluations to set pay for classified positions; (2) 34 used one method of job evaluation for all jobs, usually a point-factor system; (3) 10 had a written pay equity or comparable worth policy; (4) 27 had gathered data on their pay and classification systems and determined whether there were sex-based wage differences or occupational segregation; (5) 20 had conducted studies that compared the pay of male and female job classes with comparable job evaluation scores; and (6) 5 had conducted studies which compared the pay of male and female employees with comparable individual characteristics.

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