What Are Compensation Surveys?

Compensation (or salary) surveys collect information employee’s salary and benefits from a wide variety of employers or a specific industry. Survey results give employers a picture of current market compensation levels enabling them to make decisions on how much and how to pay their employees.

Why Use Compensation Surveys?

Compensation surveys help organizations stay competitive. In a survey recently conducted by WCBC, the majority of employers believe that offering competitive base salaries (86%) and competitive benefits programs (63%) are the most effective tools for attracting new employees. Ensuring that compensation & benefits are competitive was also the #1 plan (82% of employers) for managing retention and reducing turnover. Compensation surveys give you the baseline for what is “competitive”.



  • Operations/Administration
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Engineering & Technical
  • Logistics, Manufacturing & Distribution

NEW FOR 2015-16

CompEssentials does the sorting for you. WCBC segments that data into the most commonly used breakdowns so you can quickly target salary levels by:

  • geographic location
  • economic sector
  • annual revenues
  • number of employees
  • selected industries

CompEssentials gives you the results in both excel and pdf formats.

CompPlus, our online tool, enables you to:

  • customize reports based on location, industry, company size and more;
  • select preferred percentiles and calculate how your pay compares to the market;
  • exclude or include your organization’s data in your analysis (available to participants only); and
  • age data.

Additional 15% Discount

Members of the Vancouver Board of Trade or the Chambers of Commerce in Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon or Winnipeg are eligible.

For the Consulting Engineers Compensation, Benefits & Employment survey members of the Association of Canadian Engineering Company – Canada (ACEC-Canada), the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) or the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies – BC (ACEC-BC) are eligible

For more information on CompPlus, see the CompPlus Tab.

Published Surveys


For over 35 years WCBC has successfully provided compensation solutions to private, public & not-for-profit employers of all sizes from a wide variety of industries.



  • Notification about participation.
  • Up-to-date information about survey reports.
  • News, research updates and promotions regarding WCBC products.

Note: Reports are offered exclusively for the internal compensation planning activities of individual employers. Reports are not available to libraries, career placement centers, HR consulting firms or any other entity that could re-sell the data, make it available to the general public or use the data in its commercial activities. WCBC reserves to right to accept or decline participation/purchase requests.

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