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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Participate Today: 2023/24 Upper Midwest Salary Planning Survey


We are pleased to announce the launch of our Annual Upper Midwest Salary Planning Survey! This survey targets public and private sector organizations in the Midwest and measures both actual.. read more

We are Hiring!


Carlson Dettmann Consulting / Cottingham & Butler is currently seeking a Compensation Consulting Analyst to join our fantastic team of HR & Compensation Professionals! This is not your ordinary compensation.. read more

Participate Today: CAAO Compensation Survey!


The 7th Annual Chief Administrative Officer Compensation Survey is now open for participation! We continue to see movement throughout the Midwest in this vital leadership role and the demand for.. read more