Total Compensation

Our total compensation package represents a significant investment by the city in its employees. There are two distinct forms of compensation: direct and indirect.

Direct Compensation

Cash payments made to employees in exchange for their contributions to the city.

  • Base Salary
  • Paid time off (sick leave/family sick leave, vacation, holidays, personal holidays)
  • Step increases
  • Bereavement
  • Shift differential
  • Workers' Compensation leave
  • Performance increases
  • Military leave
  • Bonuses, promotions
  • Civic leave
  • Overtime (including compensatory time)

Indirect Compensation

Non-cash benefits that are not necessarily itemized on employees' paychecks or paycheck vouchers. They are intended to provide a broad foundation on which employees can provide for their needs and their families. These benefits either are fully or partially funded by the city and fall into three categories:

  1. Health and welfare benefits
    • Health & dental insurance
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Disability coverage
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Wellness Program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Educational reimbursement
  2. Government mandated benefits
    • Social Security
    • Unemployment insurance tax
    • Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
      (KPERS, includes pension, life and disability coverage)
    • Workers' Compensation Insurance
    • Police & fire pension plans
  3. Retirement benefits
    • Municipal Employees Pension Plan (MEPP)

Total compensation example

When considering a career with the city, it's helpful to understand the components of total compensation as it relates to individual employees. While a variety of factors comprise total compensation, the paycheck, or direct compensation, is just one element. Use J. Doe as an illustration of how total compensation impacts an employee:

Annual direct compensation
Salary
Paid time off (includes vacation, sick leave, holidays, etc.)
$ 32,540.00
3,460.00
Total direct compensation $ 36,000.00
Annual indirect compensation
HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS:
Health insurance
Educational reimbursement
Dental insurance
Wellness Program
Life insurance
Long-term care insurance
Section 125 administration fee
Employee Assistance Program

$7,029.00
1,000.00
275.00
225.00
183.60
100.00
24.00
20.00
GOVERNMENT MANDATED BENEFITS:
Social Security
KPERS
Unemployment insurance tax
Workers Compensation insurance

$2,754.00
1,267.00
36.00
34.00
RETIREMENT BENEFITS:
MEPP

$3,600.00
Total indirect compensation $16,547.60
TOTAL COMPENSATION $52,547.60