The simplest concept and the foundation of your compensation plan. Usually paid every two weeks for as long as you are an employee of the company. Relative to other compensation components, most companies have more strict policies around base salaries. Levels in your organization will typically determine what base salaries are possible. Some companies have overlapping levels (where an employee at two different levels may have the same base), while other companies have strictly separate bands. Ask your recruiter or hiring manager about salary bands as part of the interview process so you know where your offered compensation plan falls.