A Balanced Approach To Total Rewards

Our Services

Experienced Professionals

Carlson Dettmann Consulting, a Cottingham & Butler Company, is a management consulting firm with primary expertise in compensation strategies, employee relations, and related business services. We understand the diverse needs of public, private, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations.


Compensation Systems

Taking into consideration marketplace conditions, regulatory, organizational, cultural, and other internal and external requirements, we work with managers and employees to develop the appropriate systems for your organization. Read More

Employee Development

We work with our clients to develop a system that focuses on individual development and job performance that is consistent with organizational objectives. Read More

Management Consulting

Probing the linkages between job structure, compensation, and performance frequently leads to observations and conclusions about ways you might improve operational structure and enhance accountability, or measure and report more accurately. Read More

Executive Compensation

There is no substitute for effective leadership. To ensure that your organization attracts, retains and motivates the most qualified leaders, we have experience in the analysis, design and implementation of all elements of executive compensation. Read More

Employee Engagement

Research consistently shows that the level of employee engagement directly impacts productivity and profitability. We assist clients with measuring engagement and implementing changes based on feedback.

Recent Updates

Published reports, trends, and other findings.

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CDC Joins Cottingham & Butler


Carlson Dettmann Consulting (CDC) is pleased to announce that on July 1, 2018, we joined forces with Cottingham & Butler, Inc., a privately held, full-service employee benefits and risk management.. read more

Chief Administrative Officer Salary Survey


Our annual salary survey of Chief Appointed Administrative Officials is now open and collecting participant data through July 6. Public sector organizations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois are encouraged.. read more

2017/2018 Wage Survey Final Report


The 2017/18 Annual Wage Increase Survey final report is now available. Our survey continues to grow and this year we were able to greatly expand our participation into the private.. read more