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: 2021 Upper Midwest Paid Time Off Survey


We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2021 Midwest Paid Time Off Survey! Employee paid time-off is one of the largest components of an employee’s total compensation package… read more

2021/22 Upper Midwest Salary Planning Survey – Participate Today!


Participation is now open for our annual 2021/2022 Upper Midwest Salary Planning Survey. The final deadline to complete the survey is Friday, August 13. All participants will receive a complimentary.. read more

CU Magazine: Compensation Planning for a Post-Pandemic Era


Scott Dettmann was mentioned in the recent CU Management online magazine… Despite 2020’s social and economic upheavals, CUES survey data continues to hold great value for boards seeking to develop.. read more