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Pay Element Detail: United States

 

Pay Element Currency Localization Prevalence Notes
Base Salary Local (USD) 12 month annual amount Mandatory Additional salary payments (e.g., 13th month) are not common practice
Ongoing Bonus Local (USD) % of base salary or target cash amount Typical; eligibility based on career level Typically paid once, annually
Sign-on Bonus Local (USD) % of base salary or amount Occasional Typically paid at time of hire or over 1 year; some orgs may have longer payout requirements
Other One-Time Bonuses Local (USD) Amount Occasional Typically one-time payment
Local (USD)

12 month annual amount

Calculated pay element

Total value of cash compensation; typical in sales and executive compensation

New Hire Stock Local (USD)

One-time grant

Options or RSUs are common

Typical; eligibility based on career level Vesting varies by org, but 4 year (25/25/25/25) is common
Local (USD)

12 month annual amount; may also be represented as total value based on equity vesting

Calculated pay element Sum of cash and equity compensation, excluding one-time bonuses
Local (USD)

12 month annual amount; may also be represented as total value based on equity vesting

Calculated pay element Sum of all cash and equity compensation offered to a candidate

 


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