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Compensation Element

The smallest unit of compensation for a worker in a specific position. Workday uses compensation elements to determine the amount, currency, frequency, and other attributes of a worker’s compensation. Compensation elements are linked to compensation plans. For example, base pay, car allowance, and stipends can be mapped to any compensation plan, but not to merit plans. Payroll earning codes linked to a compensation element allow Workday Payroll and Payroll Interface to include the applicable compensation in payroll.