Evaluate the Health of Your AE Comp Plans

Get actionable insights to ensure your sales compensation strategy is in top shape.

Answer 7 questions to assess if your new business compensation plan strategy is healthy and balanced.

2024 Sales Compensation Plan Report Findings:


of leaders admit challenges with sales compensation plans


of RevOps leaders admit comp plans don't support KPIs


of Finance leaders don't agree their comp plans motivate reps

Optimizing your compensation plans is one of the keys to your sales teams’ success. Let QuotaPath guide you to fair, strategic sales compensation plans that align with your most important metrics. We created this tool in response to learning that 97% of leaders admit to struggling with variable comp plans in our 2024 Sales Compensation Trends Report.

The Importance of Compensation Health

Your sales team is the lifeblood of your organization. Their motivation and performance are intrinsically tied to their compensation structure. But how do you know if your compensation plan is healthy and effective?

Our quiz will help you answer this question.

In the fiercely competitive business landscape, a well-crafted compensation plan is essential. It motivates your sales team, ensures their efforts align with your company’s goals, and helps with talent retention. However, creating and maintaining a successful compensation plan can be challenging. It involves balancing different elements to ensure fairness, motivation, and sustainability.

Let’s dive into the world of account executive compensation. A typical compensation plan includes various components:

  • Base Salary: The fixed amount your sales reps receive regularly.
  • Variable Pay: Earnings based on achieving or exceeding sales targets.
  • On-target earnings: The expected total earnings a salesperson can achieve when they meet their sales targets.
  • Bonuses: Additional incentives for outstanding performance.

Understanding these elements is crucial to crafting a fair and competitive plan. Each component serves a specific purpose and should be carefully considered to create a well-rounded and motivating compensation package.

7 Key Questions for Evaluating Sales Compensation Plans

Our quiz introduces you to the 7 critical questions that will help you evaluate the health of your compensation plan:

  1. Are you paying your sales team fairly? Ensuring that your compensation aligns with the industry standards for similar roles is essential. Paying below market value can lead to unmotivated and disengaged sales reps, while paying too much might affect your company’s financial health and sales compensation equity.
  2. Is your on-target pay mix healthy? Balancing base salary and variable components (commissions and bonuses) is crucial. Striking the right balance can motivate your sales team while keeping your budget in check.
  3. Is your Quota:OTE (On-Target Earnings) ratio healthy? This ratio helps you determine whether your sales quotas are realistic and achievable. If the ratio is too high, it can demotivate your sales reps, and if it’s too low, it may not push them hard enough. Use this free calculator to check quickly.
  4. Do you have a healthy quota frequency? Setting quotas too frequently can cause burnout, while setting them too far apart may result in a lack of urgency. Understanding your average sales price and sales cycle will help you find the right balance and ideal quota frequency for your business. Learn more about the characteristics of the best incentive compensation plans.
  5. Do you have a well-defined key business metric? Aligning your compensation plan with a specific, measurable, and achievable business metric is crucial for success. It ensures that your sales team focuses on what matters most to your organization.
  6. Does the comp plan incentivize reps toward that key metric? Incentives are a powerful tool for driving performance. Your compensation plan should reward actions and behaviors that lead to the achievement of your key business metric.
  7. Is the comp plan simple, logical, and fair? Complex plans can confuse your sales team and lead to misunderstandings. The compensation report uncovered that it takes reps 3 to 6 months to understand their compensation. A clear and fair plan, on the other hand, will motivate your reps and build trust. Answering these questions honestly and thoughtfully will provide you with a clear understanding of where your compensation plan stands.

Benefits of a Healthy Compensation Plan

A well-structured compensation plan benefits your sales team and your entire organization. Let’s explore some of the advantages:

  • Motivation: When your sales reps feel fairly compensated, they’re more motivated to achieve their targets, directly impacting your revenue.
  • Retention: Sales talent is competitive, and a well-crafted compensation plan can help you retain your top performers.
  • Revenue Growth: An effective compensation plan aligns your sales force with your business objectives, driving revenue growth.
  • Cost Control: Balancing fixed and variable pay elements ensures you remain financially sustainable.

Equipped with an understanding of your company’s goals and where your plan is optimized and not, you gain the knowledge and insights needed to make informed decisions about your sales compensation strategy.

How to Use the Comp Plan Health Check

The 1-minute quiz is designed to be user-friendly and actionable. We provide insights, tips, and best practices to help you assess your current compensation plan and make necessary improvements.

Start by reviewing your current compensation plan in light of the 7 key questions. Identify areas where you may need to make adjustments. We’ll guide you on how to strike the right balance, align your plan with your business objectives, and motivate your sales team.


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