There is often a false sense of precision when it comes to market data. Decision-making surrounding position benchmarks, like applying premiums or discounts, is often arbitrary. Jonathan Szabo, Partner at Meridian Compensation Partners, says it is crucial to let the market data stand on its own. Retrofitting the market data to match a particular role to “make it work” only clouds the true relevance and applicability of the data. It is best to try to understand the unique factors of the role and account for those differences in pay positioning.