Compensation & Benefits Study
California Head Start Programs - 2015

In this second annual report, we have added eight new job listings, created a new category for unionized employees, and added a section about how to apply this data to your local program. We continue to base our methodology on instructions contained in the Office of Head Start’s “Guide for Conducting Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Survey.”

Salary data in the report analyzes 53 job categories is broken out by quartile, reported on a statewide level and also:

  • Regionally where possible
  • By agency size
  • By agency and program type
  • By demographic (urbanized, suburban, rural)
  • By union and non-union

The study devotes a full page of analysis to each of the job categories, and also reports on employee education levels, benefits and coverage patterns. Report is 103 pages, spiral bound..

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Who Uses this Report?

  • Executive directors, program directors and COOs
  • Chief financial officers and fiscal managers
  • Human resource directors and staff
  • Compensation committees and other leadership groups
  • Compensation and benefits consultants

Project Background

This study is a response to requests from local Head Start programs that typically hire outside consultants or devote significant staff time to collect this information. By hiring a single, experienced consultant on the state level and using online tools, CHSA has created a database that is more thorough and less costly to local programs.

The project is based on the OHS “Guide for Conducting a Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Survey,” using the job categories defined in that instruction. Our consulting firm, WM&R, specializes in compensation survey reports for professional associations nationally. This project was also informed by an advisory committee of Head Start program directors in California.

The OHS Guide cautions programs against relying exclusively on local area compensation data because particular positions often compete against larger labor markets. Per OHS guidance, our California survey reported out data in categories that facilitate comparison to other programs with similar demographics (urban/rural, cost of living, size of program, region, etc.).


Additional Analysis

For programs looking to conduct specialized analysis beyond the scope of the published report, CHSA’s comp analyst consultant may be contacted directly, at

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 CHSA Report Pricing

CHSA Member Agencies will receive a 15% discount off the following prices:

Program Size
Children Served
0 - 100 $400 $540
101 - 300 $550 $740
301 - 600 $700 $945
601 - 1,000 $900 $1,215
1,001 - 2,000 $1,300 $1,755
2,001 + $1,800 $2,430

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Mission Statement

The California Head Start Association is the unified voice providing leadership and advocacy for the Head Start community.

Vision Statement

The California Head Start Association will be an important strategic partner representing Head Start interests in California and the nation.

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