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Compensation Insights

The High Cost of Losing an Employee

We've found that business owners - especially those in middle market companies - are often surprised by how much it costs to replace an employee. 

According to Zane Benefits, a CAP study found average costs to replace an employee are:

    • 16% of annual salary for high-turnover, The high cost of replacing employeeslow-paying jobs (earning under $30,000 a year).

      So the cost to replace a $10/hour retail employee would be $3,328.
  • 20% of annual salary for mid-range positions (earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year). 

    For example, the cost to replace a $40,000 manager would be $8,000.

  • Up to 213% of annual salary for highly educated, executive positions. 

    That means the cost to replace a $100,000 CEO is $213,000. Ouch.

With costs this high, it's wise to invest in hiring and retaining the right people for your organization.

Tags: compensation, employee compensation, retention, replacing employees