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ERI Compensation Software

ERI Economic Research Institute was founded almost 30 years ago to provide compensation applications for private and public organizations. ERI's applications are available to management, analysts and consultants and are now widely used by client organizations (thousands of corporate and consulting subscribers). Subscribers include corporate compensation, relocation, human resources, and other professionals, as well as independent consultants and counselors, and US and Canadian public sector administrators (including military, law enforcement, city/county, state/provincial, and federal government pay administrators).

ERI Compensation Products

Over the past three decades, ERI has developed a catalog of salary survey and cost of living survey tools that has become indispensable in our subscribers' compensation planning. If you would like to try a free demo of any of the following HR salary and cost of living products, please click here.

Salary Assessor
ERI's Salary Assessor® provides consensus salary ranges for more than 6,000 position titles as compiled from available published wage and salary survey sources. Estimates may be adjusted for user inputs of salary planning date, metro area, industry, and company size. The Salary Assessor software and databases include position descriptions for job matching. Benchmark listings for jobs by industry, as well as multiple area listings for a single job in up to 99 metro areas, are provided in summary listings. The Salary Assessor includes reliability statistics to meet a Daubert challenge.

Geographic Assessor
The Geographic Assessor® calculates salary and cost-of-living differentials between any of nearly 7,000 US and Canadian cities and neighborhoods. The Geographic Assessor summarizes both percentage and dollar differentials between any base city and up to 500 comparison cities at a time. Research for the Geographic Assessor focuses on the presentation of wage and salary structures for each geographic area based upon consensus regression analyses of salary surveys, and also incorporates summary cost-of-living data from the Relocation Assessor®. Users can create immigration prevailing wage reports and analyze potential over-payments using data from the US OES survey.

Relocation Assessor
The Relocation Assessor® provides cost-of-living comparisons and reports between any of 10,000 locations worldwide. This application provides necessary information useful for permanent transfers or temporary cost-of-living allowances. User inputs include: spending level; currency, living areas; home rental or ownership (mortgage specifications); home size; family size; tax residency, and number of automobiles, miles driven, and value. It allows rent versus home ownership analyses and provides income tax analyses for 200 countries.

Executive Compensation Assessor
The Executive Compensation Assessor® compares salaries and bonuses for more than 500 position titles in the US, Canada, and Europe. Executive compensation levels are calculated based on user input for position, industry, location, pay strategy, executive performance, and salary planning date. Compare your organization's executive pay packages to competitors, viewing their past compensation packages for top officers, including stock options and benefits.

Nonprofit Comparables Assessor
ERI's Nonprofit Comparables Assessorcompares executive compensation at nonprofit organizations in the United States. Executive compensation levels are calculated based on user input for position, industry, pay strategy, and executive performance. The Nonprofit Comparables Assessor is utilized by the IRS and many states' attorneys general.

Occupational Assessor (eDOT)
This job analysis software provides position descriptions for more than 19,000 position titles. Designed for HR professionals, vocational rehabilitation advocates, and disability administrators, the Occupational Assessor® enables users to test for overtime exemption status and to determine disability.

ERI Websites

ERI provides several other HR resource websites.

  • The ERI Distance Learning Center (DLC): Train yourself and your staff online at dlc.erieri.com. ERI provides 36 courses devoted to compensation and benefits education. Online courses provide you with more in-depth training on Assessor Series features. The Distance Learning Center offers recertification credits for maintaining your PHR/GPHR/SPHR certification, your CBP, CCP, GRP or WLCP certification from WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals, or your CPA license through NASBA-approved CPE courses.

  • ERI Executive Compensation Tools: ERI offers a free Black-Scholes Stock Option pricing model and an online tool for reviewing competitors' executive compensation and financial data.

  • Online Salary Survey Reports: This site offers salary survey and salary increase reports for the U.S. and Canada.

  • Nonprofit Organizations Executive Compensation: ERI's Nonprofit Salaries website provides compensation data for tax-exempt organizations, including compensation estimates for executive positions. This nonprofit executive compensation data may be adjusted for a tax-exempt organization's geographic area, industry, organization size, and compensation valuation date. You can review source data for this product at ERI's Form 990 Extracts site. This webpage lets you quickly retrieve tax-exempt organizations Form 990's, which report the salaries of the nonprofits' 5 highest-paid executives.

  • OES Salary Survey Data: ERI provides non-copyrighted U.S. government OES salary survey data in an easy-to-use format at www.erieri.com/soctrends. This salary survey data is often utilized in creating prevailing wage reports for immigration applications under H1-B visa and other programs.


ERI's founder first developed the concepts related to the use of simple linear regression models for area wage and salary differentials in 1974. ERI's present multiple regression techniques were developed in the late 1980s and are continually refined each year. Cost of living (COL) models originated in 1989 as the result of subscriber requests that ERI research and report area cost differentials in addition to wage differentials. COL analyses were further in demand because the Bureau of Labor Statistics discontinued its Urban Family of Four Index. ERI methodology has benefited greatly in recent years due to the refinement of analyses, as well as the increasing availability of survey data relating to salaries, benefits, and costs.


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The ERI Distance Learning Center is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org/.
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ERI Economic Research Institute is an Authorized User of selected Statistics Canada data under Agreement Number 6184. ERI’s intellectual property rights include Patent Nos. 6,862,596 and 7,647,322, "System and method for retrieving and displaying data, such as economic data relating to salaries, cost of living and employee benefits." Other Internet-related applications are Patents Pending.

The ERI Distance Learning Center offers: human resources online continuing education for Human Resource Management training and development, distance education online courses, online learning, adult education elearning, HR courses online, human resources management online course, human resource development, hr training, business education, hrci recertification courses, compensation and benefits, e-learning, compensation certification, compensation certificates, compensation credentials, accounting cpe continuing professional education, worldatwork recertification courses, cpa cpe online courses, cpe qas self study courses and professional career development.

DLC courses include material on business definitions, salary comparisons, online business dictionary, human resource development, free job descriptions, SPHR, GPHR, PHR recertification credit, CCP, CBP, GRP recertification credit.