A pay band is one aspect of the salary process where different jobs are ranked by education and experience. It’s used to place applicants in the right position and ensure that they are compensated fairly. By law, employers must publish the minimum and maximum amount they’re willing to pay for each band.
A pay scale is a system that determines how much employees are paid. The most common pay scale type is salary, which is a set amount that employees earn per year. Other types of pay scales include hourly, commission, and piece rate. Payscale can also be based on experience, education, or skills.
At each step on the scale, an employee is typically given a percentage raise (relative to their current salary) to maintain their buying power and keep up with inflation. Pay scales can also differentiate between employees (e.g., managers vs. non-management staff) or between employees in different geographical areas.