National Municipal Compensation Survey

Data to ensure a competitive talent strategy

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Reevaluating compensation strategies, adjusting policies to reflect the provincial and municipal government, agency, and commission staff working remotely, and securing critical employees for in-demand roles are likely top of mind activities for more organizations right now. Securing reliable market data to make informed talent strategy decisions is essential.

Gain the insights you need with the National Municipal Compensation Survey. Design competitive compensation plans with data collected for approximately 240 jobs from municipal organizations across Canada. Harness these data to analyze your compensation strategy across geographic location, municipal size, and position families. Data collected include:

  • Allowances
  • Job rates
  • Performance pay
  • Policies and practices
  • And more
Are you ready for a competitive talent strategy?

Participation open: May – June

Results publish: September

2020 Results Available

  • 243 positions published
  • CAD 2,500 – 9,000

Sample report

Position list

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  • Schedule
  • 2021 survey participation
  • Position List & Sample Report
  • Participating Companies

Product Details

Survey statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 243
  • # Positions Published: 243
  • # Organizations: 47
  • # Observations: 5,624

Based on data from the 2020 US National Municipal Compensation Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data collected

  • Allowances
  • Full-time job rates
  • Hours of work
  • Job rates
  • Market premiums
  • Overtime eligibility
  • Part-time job rates
  • Performance pay
  • Policies and practices

Data analyzed

Geographic Area

  • National
  • Province
  • Regional


  • Number of employees
  • Operating budget
  • Population

Position families analyzed

  • Community services
  • Corporate services
  • Development services
  • Emergency services
  • Municipality administration
  • Public works

This survey, alongside its counterpart, the Ontario Municipal Compensation Survey (OMCS) is available in both French and English. The survey will complement the existing OMCS survey, until the two surveys merge together in 2021.

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.


Product Participants Non-Participants
2020 National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population < 50,000) CAD 2,500 CAD 5,000
2020 National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population > 50,000) CAD 4,500 CAD 9,000

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National Municipal Compensation Survey

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Please note:

  • Additional users may be added during checkout for CAD 220 each per module/survey.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2020 results are available for purchase and will be delivered upon survey release (mid September).


  • Participation Opens: May 4
  • Participation Deadline: June 22
  • Date Effective: June 1
  • Report Available: September

2021 survey participation

2021 survey participation opens soon! The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Survey participation is open to all organizations with matching jobs and is not required to purchase results.

Why should you participate?

  • A discount on survey results! Survey participants lock-in preferred pricing with data submission.
  • Receive an exclusive invitation to survey events, including results webinars and meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
  • Ensure your data is included in the market results - easily see the go-forward state and determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.

To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

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Sample Report

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Participating Companies

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  • RegionEnglish-Canada
  • Sub TitleData to ensure a competitive talent strategy
  • Short DescriptionData collected for approximately 240 jobs from municipal organizations across Canada.