Job Levels

True Wage’s salary data tool uses job levels to help you find the right pay information. Job levels are structured hierarchically based on:

  • Years of experience,
  • Scope of responsibility, and
  • Level in the career path

Users will find it easiest to start by looking at the various categories of jobs, organized into Support, Professional, Management, and Executive.

  • Support refers to jobs that are normally non-exempt roles and do not require advanced education or managing others.
  • Professional jobs do not manage others, but typically require advanced education or specialized learned skills and are usually exempt roles.
  • Management requires overseeing and providing feedback on the work of others, either those in Support (Supervisor), Professional (Manager), or other managers (Senior Manager).
  • Executive jobs usually have responsibility for a department, a budget, several layers of management, and/or a particular function or business within the organization.

True Wage Job Levels

Head of… Function or Business
Senior Manager
Level VI
Level V
Level IV
Level III
Level II
Level I
Level III
Level II
Level I

Within this framework, Support and Professional are organized into levels – for Support, up to three, and for Professional, up to six.

For Support, the levels are differentiated as follows:

True Wage Support Job Levels

 Years of ExperienceScope of ResponsibilityCareer Path Level
Level III5+ years in roleExercises independent judgment, completes complex tasks with minimal instruction, operates under little or no supervision, coaches and mentors othersConsidered "senior" or "lead" for job
Level II3-5 years in roleFollows systematized procedures, performs both standard and non-standard tasks with some instruction, operates under general supervisionConsidered "mid-level" or "experienced" for job
Level I0-2 years in roleFollows routine procedures, performs mainly standard tasks with detailed and complete instruction, operates under direct supervision to complete tasksConsidered "entry-level" or new to job

For Professional, the levels are different and are described as follows:

True Wage Professional Job Levels

 Years of ExperienceScope of ResponsibilityCareer Path Level
Level VI16+ years in roleDirects multifaceted initiatives, influences or helps set organizational strategy, receives credit as thought leader for a strategic functionConsidered the organizational expert in chosen field
Level V12-15 years in roleLeads project teams, operates without any real oversight, solves complex or unique challenges, recommends process or product improvements to managementConsidered an advanced specialist or consultant in chosen field
Level IV9-12 years in roleWorks independently to identify and apply solutions, uses experienced perspective to create recommendations, serves as an expert in own specific areaConsidered a high-level specialist in chosen field
Level III5-8 years in roleReceives minimal guidance to act as a resource for colleagues, utilizes in-depth knowledge and experience, usually the senior-most role in a job progressionConsidered senior or highly experienced in chosen field (may be the highest level for a career path)
Level II3-4 years in roleReceives some oversight and direction to analyze and recommend solutions, solves straightforward problems independentlyConsidered mid-level or somewhat experienced in chosen field
Level I0-2 years in rolePerforms routine assignments through structured work and direct instruction or guidance, uses existing procedures to add value to the organizationConsidered "entry-level" or new in chosen field (typically a new graduate)