Position Classification and Compensation


Total compensation is a combination of salary and benefits.

Compensation Philosophy - Benton County’s Total Compensation Philosophy is to attract, motivate, and retain quality employees who support the County’s mission of providing high-quality, cost-effective public services. We believe in a fair, transparent, performance-based approach to compensation. Our goal is to compete in comparable markets for high performing employees and recognize that public service has rewards beyond a base salary. We strive to provide employees with competitive compensation, benefits, and retirement programs that are fiscally responsible, sustainable, and reflect current market practices. Our employees enjoy a superior work culture, career development, growth opportunities, and the satisfaction of serving the public.

Below are the salary schedules for Benton County positions providing the salary information for represented and non-represented.

Minimum Salary:  Represents the lowest amount a new employee would earn while learning the job.

Midpoint Salary:  Represents the targeted level of pay for a competent, seasoned performer.

Maximum Salary:  Represents the highest amount a highly experienced employee who consistently exceeds job requirements would earn.

Salary Schedules

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Notes: The salary schedule for non-represented employees was adjusted by 2.5% effective July 1, 2015 to reflect the change in the Employment Cost Index. The salary schedule for employees represented by AFSCME was adjusted by 1% effecitve July 1, 2015 per the CBA. The salary schedule for employees represented by BCDSA was adjusted by 2% effective July 1, 2015 per the CBA. The salary schedule for ONA was adjusted by 1% effective July 1, 2015 per the CBA. Additionally, ONA and the County agreed to conduct a salary study which resulted in an additiona 5% increase. The Commissioners compensation was structured to reflect experience gained throught service. Commissioners serving at least a thrid term in office are placed at step 3 of the non-represented salary grade E81. Commissioners serving first term in office is placed at step 1 of the non-represented salary grade E81. The District Attorney's compensation was anchored to other elected and non-represented employees' salary schedule adjustment and increased 2.5%. The Sheriff's compensation was anchored to other non-represented employees and increased by 2.5%.


Position Classification

The purpose of the classification system is to provide a structure that groups related position into a common classification and establishes a consistent and uniform system for classifying positions.  The focus of the county's classification system is decision based and evaluates jobs according to job duties, decision-making requirements, responsibilities, impacts, working conditions, etc. of each position.

The classification system is intended to provide consistent entry qualifications and a structure for equitable compensation of similar work.

Occupational Groups

The county has divided jobs in to 8 major occupational groups.

  • Management & Executive
  • Clerical & Administrative
  • Legal
  • Maintenance & Operations
  • Clinical Health
  • Technical
  • Information Technology
  • Programming
  • Business & Financial
Classification Series and Classifications

The 8 major occupational groups are broken down to 20 classification series and 65 individual classifications.

Classifications series

  • Administrative Assistant 1-3
  • Administrative Specialist 1-3
  • Business Specialist 1-3
  • Business Analyst 1-3
  • Health Care Technician 1-4
  • Health Care Professional 1-6
  • Information Technology Specialist 1-3
  • Information Technology Analyst 1-3
  • Paralegal 1-2
  • Deputy District Attorney 1-3
  • Maintenance & Operations Assistant 1-2
  • Maintenance & Operations Specialist 1-5
  • Program Specialist 1-3
  • Program Coordinator 1-3
  • Technical Specialist 1-5
  • Technical Analyst 1-3
  • Supervisor (management) 1-2
  • Program Manager (management) 1-5
  • Director (management) 1-5
  • Administrator (management) 1-3

Classification, Working Title, Representation, Pay Grade for General Membership.  (Sheriff's Office below.)

Classification Working Title Representation Pay Grade
Administrative Assistant 1      
Administrative Assistant 2 Mail Clerk AFSCME A12
  Records Clerk AFSCME A12
Administrative Assistant 3 Client Services Representative AFSCME A13
  Office Assistant AFSCME A13
Administrative Specialist 1 Office Specialist AFSCME B21
  Program Assistant AFSCME B21
  Environmental Health Permits Clerk AFSCME B21
  Records Specialist AFSCME B21
  Department Administrative Assistant (HR Liaison) AFSCME B21
Administrative Specialist 2 Senior Deputy Clerk AFSCME B22
  IT Administrative Specialist AFSCME B22

Appraisal Support Technician

  Community Health Assessment Coordinator AFSCME B22
  Manufactured Structure Appraisal Specialist AFSCME B22
  Program Assistant AFSCME B22
  Records Clerk (Senior) AFSCME B22
  Work Crew Administrative Aide AFSCME B22
  Department Administrative Assistant (Office Administration) Non-represented B22
Administrative Specialist 3 Department Administrative Assistant (Executive Secretary) AFSCME B23
  Department Administrative Assistant (Executive Secretary) Non-represented B23
  Program Assistant (Emergency Services) AFSCME B23
Business Specialist 1 Store Clerk AFSCME B21
Business Specialist 2 Business Services Representative AFSCME B22
  Property Tax Clerk AFSCME B22
  Business Specialist (Department Finance Services) AFSCME B22
  Accounting Clerk AFSCME B22
  Human Resources Assistant Non-represented B22
Business Specialist 3 Medical Coder AFSCME B23
  Contract and Procurement (Lead) AFSCME B23
  Accounts Payable Clerk (Central Finance) AFSCME B23
  Revenue Clerk (Central Finance) AFSCME B23
  Payroll Analyst Non-represented B23
Business Analyst 1 Business Analyst (Health Services) AFSCME C41
  Budget/Accounting Analyst (Central Finance/Budget) Non-represented C41
  Human Resources Generalist 1 Non-represented C41
Business Analyst 2 Human Resources Generalist 2 Non-represented C42
  Public Information Officer Non-represented C42
Health Care Technician 1 Mental Health Case Aide AFSCME B21
  Dental Assistant AFSCME B21
  Medical Assistant AFSCME B21
Health Care Technician 2 Medical Assistant AFSCME B22
Health Care Technician 3 Medical Assistant AFCME B23
  Dental Coordinator AFSCME B23
Health Care Technician 4 Medical Assistant (Lead) AFSCME B24
  Lab Coordinator AFSCME B24
  Dental Hygienist AFSCME B2PremA
Health Care Professional 1 Associate Mental Health Professional AFSCME C41

Dietitian/WIC Certifier (Registered)

Health Care Professional 2 Associate Mental Health Professional A&D AFSCME C42
  Qualified Mental Health Professional (non-licensed) AFSCME C42
Health Care Professional 3 Qualified Mental Health Professional (licensed) AFSCME C43
  Behaviorist AFSCME C43
  Mental Health Nurse AFSCME C43
  Public Health Nurse ONA C43
  RN Care Coordinator ONA C43
Health Care Professional 4      
Health Care Professional 5 Physician Assistant AFSCME C4PremC
  Nurse Practitioner ONA C4PremB
IT Specialist 1      
IT Specialist 2 PC Technician AFSCME B22
IT Specialist 3 PC Technician (Lead) AFSCME B23
Paralegal 1 Paralegal AFSCME B21
Paralegal 2 Paralegal (Lead) AFSCME B22
Deputy District Attorney 1 Deputy District Attorney 1 AFSCME C45
Deputy District Attorney 2 Deputy District Attorney 2 Non-represented C4PremA
Deputy District Attorney 3 Deputy District Attorney 3 Non-represented C4PremD
Maintenance & Operations Assistant 1      
Maintenance & Operations Assistant 2 Custodial Service Worker AFSCME A12
Maintenance & Operations Assistant 3      
Maintenance & Operations Specialist 1 Landscape Gardener AFSCME B21
  Building Maintenance Technician 1 AFSCME B21
  Road Maintenance Worker 1 AFSCME B21
Maintenance & Operations Specialist 2 Road Maintenance Worker 3 (App) AFSCME B22
  Road Maintenance Worker 3 AFSCME B22
  Maintenance Worker AFSCME B22
Maintenance & Operations Specialist 3

Building Maintenance Technician 2

  Mechanic 2 AFSCME B23
  Road (Lead) AFSCME B23
  Maintenance Technician AFSCME B23
Maintenance & Operations Specialist 4 Working Foreman (Road) AFSCME B24
  Maintenance Technician Foreman (NA&P) AFSCME B24
  Senior Mechanic AFSCME B24
Maintenance & Operations Specialist 5 Working Foreman (Fleet) AFSCME B25
Program Specialist 1 Health Navigator AFSCME B21
  Crime Victim Advocate AFSCME B21
  Health Promotion Specialist AFSCME B21
  Program Specialist 1 AFSCME B21
  Oral Health Navigator AFSCME B21
  OHP Enrollment AFSCME B21
Program Specialist 2 Juvenile Outreach Specialist AFSCME B22
  Health Promotion Specialist 2 (HIV) AFSCME B22
  Quality Assurance Coordinator (DD) AFSCME B22
  Health Promotion Specialist 2 (Tobacco) AFSCME B22
  Sustainability Coordinator AFSCME B22
  Work Crew Coordinator AFSCME B22
  Event Coordinator AFSCME B22
Program Specialist 3 Work Crew Supervisor (Corrections) AFSCME B23
  Community Service Coordinator AFSCME B23
Program Coordinator 1 Emergency Services Planner AFSCME C41
  Public Health Preparedness Planner AFSCME C41
Program Coordinator 2 Developmental Disability Services Coordinator AFSCME C42
  Juvenile Counselor AFSCME C42
  Natural Resources Coordinator AFSCME C42
Program Coordinator 3 Juvenile Court Counselor (Lead) AFSCME C43
Technical Specialist 1 GIS Engineering Technician AFSCME B21
Technical Specialist 2 Code Compliance Specialist AFSCME B22
  Property Appraiser 1 AFSCME B22
  Engineering & Survey Technician 2 AFSCME B22
Technical Specialist 3 Property Appraiser 2 AFSCME B23
  Property Exemption Specialist AFSCME B23
  GIS Cartographer AFSCME B23
  Civil Division Coordinator AFSCME B23
Technical Specialist 4 Building Inspector 1 AFSCME B24
  Research Analyst AFSCME B24
  Sales Data Analyst (Assessment) AFSCME B24
  Property Appraiser 3 AFSCME B24
Technical Specialist 5 Building Inspector 2 AFSCME B24
Technical Analyst 1 Assistant Planner AFSCME C41
Technical Analyst 2 Health Data Analyst/Epidemiologist AFSCME C42
  Engineer Associate AFSCME C42
  Land Surveyor AFSCME C42
  Environmental Health Specialist 2 AFSCME C42
Technical Analyst 3 Programmer/Analyst AFSCME C43
  Geographic Information System Coordinator AFSCME C43
  System Administrator AFSCME C43
  Environmental Health Specialist 4 AFSCME C43
  Senior Planner AFSCME C43
  Land Surveyor (County) AFSCME C43
  Civil Engineer AFSCME C43
Technical Analyst 4      
Technical Analyst 5 Civil Engineer (Senior) AFSCME C45
Supervisor 1 BOC Staff Supervisor Non-represented B31
Supervisor 2 Medical Assistant Supervisor Non-represented B32
  Oral Health Supervisor Non-represented B32
  Victim Services Manager Non-represented B32
  Client Services Manager Non-represented B32
Program Manager 1 Public Works Administrative Services Manager Non-represented C41
Program Manager 2 District Attorney Office Manager Non-represented C42
  Compliance and Health Information Management Manager Non-represented C42
  Elections Supervisor Non-represented C42
  Parks Operations Coordinator Non-represented C42
  Sheriff's Office Manager Non-represented C42
Program Manager 3 Juvenile Operations Manager Non-represented C43
Program Manager 4 Health Navigation Program Manager Non-represented C44
  Health Promotion Program Manager Non-represented C44
  Building Inspector (Chief) Non-represented C44
Program Manager 5 Emergency Services Manager Non-represented C45
  Environmental Health Division Manager Non-represented C51
  Mental Health Supervisor Non-represented C51
  Mental Health Program Manager Non-represented C51
  Mental Health Program Manager Non-represented C52
Director 1 Road Maintenance Manager Non-represented D61
  Nurse Program Manager Non-represented D5PremA
  Assistant Finance Director Non-represented D61
  Fairgrounds Manager Non-represented D61
  Fleet Manager Non-represented D61
  Operations Manager (Roads) Non-represented D61
Director 2 Deputy Chief Information Technology Officer Non-represented D62
  Facilities Manager Non-represented D62
Director 3 Deputy Administrator Community Health Non-represented D63
  Deputy Administrator Health Finance Non-represented D63
Director 4      
Director 5 Budget Manager Non-represented D65
  Chief Deputy District Attorney Non-represented D65
Administrator 1 Parks and Natural Areas Director Non-represented E81
  Records and Elections Manager Non-represented E81
  Assessor Non-represented E81
  Juvenile Director Non-represented E81
  Development Director Non-represented E81
Administrator 2 Health Clinic Director Non-represented E82
  Finance Director Non-represented E82
  Human Resources Director Non-represented E82
Administrator 3 Public Works Director Non-represented E83
  Health Department Director Non-represented E83
  County Counsel Non-represented E83
  Director of Information Technology Non-represented E83
Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer Non-represented F10


Classification, Working Title, Representation, Pay Grade for Sheriff's Office Deputies below.

Job Family Working Title Representation Pay Grade
Animal Control Deputy Animal Control Program Manager BCDSA 120d
Deputy A (DPSST Basic Certification) Corrections Deputy BCDSA 160d
  Patrol Deputy BCDSA 160d
  Parole & Probation Officer BCDSA 160d
Deputy B (DPSST Intermidate Certification) Corrections Deputy BCDSA 165d
  Patrol Deputy BCDSA 165d
  Parole & Probation Officer BCDSA 165d
Deputy C (DPSST Advanced Certification) Corrections Deputy BCDSA 170d
  Law Enforcement Deputy BCDSA 170d
  Parole & Probation Officer BCDSA 170d
Corporal C Deputy Corporal BCDSA 190d
Sergeant Training & Recruitment Sergeant Non-represented C45
  Corrections Sergeant Non-represented C45
  Law Enforcement Sergeant Non-represented C45
  Parole & Probation Sergeant Non-represented C45
Lieutenant Corrections Lieutenant Non-represented D62
Captain Law Enforcement Captain Non-represented D71
  Corrections Captain Non-represented D71
  Parole & Probation Captain Non-represented D71