Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey

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With fewer brick and mortar locations, increase in online services, and supply chain challenges, rapid change has hit the retail industry hard. This is putting new pressure on employers when it comes to finding and keeping talent - the ones that lay the groundwork for your organization to thrive. Building your retail talent foundation begins with competitive pay and benefits, which starts with insightful and trusted market data.

Motivate and attract top talent based on data from the Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey, which provides data for 564 jobs across numerous position families, including central administration, distribution, e-commerce, finance/accounting, and much more. See how your retail salaries compare to those of the competition across three core modules - apparel manufacturing, restaurant, or supermarket. Evaluate your retail pay rates and compensation strategy against all 118 organizations, or narrow the data by individual parameters such as industry sectors, company size, and location. Go beyond pay for your retail employees, with survey data on:

  • Short-term incentive amounts
  • Incentive eligibility
  • Total cash compensation
Do you have the market data to keep pace with the retail sector?

Participation open: March - May

Data effective: April 1

Results publish: August

2021 results available

  • 564 positions published
  • CAD 2,200 – 6,600
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Survey Statistics

  • Positions Surveyed: 1,894
  • Positions Published: 564
  • Organizations: 118
  • Observations: 536,320

Based on data from the 2021 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Annual base salary
  • Benefits
  • Compensation practices
  • Hourly wage rate
  • Incentive eligibility
  • Organization data
  • Part-time/Full-time status
  • Sales incentive amounts
  • Salary ranges
  • Total cash compensation
  • Turnover
  • Wage planning

Data Analyzed

Industry Sector

  • Apparel, fashion, footwear and accessories
  • Convenience
  • Department stores
  • Electronics, entertainment, communications, office
  • Grocery, pharmacy, general merchandise
  • Home, hardware, building and garden supplies
  • Restaurants
  • Specialty stores
  • Wholesale distribution


  • Apparel/Accessories – Combination Stores
  • Apparel/Accessories – Family
  • Apparel/Accessories – Infants/Children
  • Apparel/Accessories – Men
  • Apparel/Accessories – Women
  • Automotive dealers
  • Automotive parts and services
  • Books/Music/Video
  • Building supplies
  • Combination electronics, etc., stores
  • Combination gas/petro and convenience
  • Combination grocery, etc., stores
  • Combination specialty stores
  • Communications stores
  • Convenience combination gas/petro
  • Department stores
  • Drug stores, pharmacies, general merchandise
  • Electronics stores
  • Entertainment stores
  • Fine dining
  • Footwear/Shoes
  • Furniture and home furnishings stores
  • Garden supplies
  • Gas/Petro
  • General merchandise
  • Gifts/Novelties
  • Grocery store
  • Hardware
  • Home goods and products
  • Jewelry
  • Luxury
  • Office supply stores
  • Other home products
  • Other specialty stores
  • Quick service, fast food
  • Restaurant chains
  • Salon/Personal care products
  • Sporting goods/Hobby
  • Wholesale trade, durable goods
  • Wholesale trade, non-durable goods
  • Wholesale trade – other or combination

Geographic area

  • National
  • Regional/Provincial


  • Gross sales/Revenue
  • Square footage

Scope of Responsibility

  • Number of stores managed
  • Sales volume managed
  • Square footage managed

This survey is powered by Mercer Job Library. Learn more or view Mercer Job Library FAQs for more details. Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN® , giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.


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2021 Canada Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey CAD 2,200 CAD 6,600

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Participating Companies

View a list of the participating Canadian retail companies here.

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this Canada retail industry survey to optimize your ongoing compensation and benchmarking efforts.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey to see what’s included in this survey.


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  • Sub TitleThe data that you want to get the talent that you need within an evolving industry
  • Short DescriptionData to help your workforce strategy keep up.

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