National Municipal Compensation Survey

Data to ensure a competitive talent strategy

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Understanding pay levels for the positions you need in your municipality is critical for securing current and future employees.

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

  • 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 September

  • 240 positions (approximation)
  • CAD 2,500 – 9,000
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Survey statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 243
  • # Positions Published: 243
  • # Organizations: 49
  • # Observations: 5,574

Based on data from the 2021 Canada 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

Utilize this survey alongside its counterpart, the Ontario Municipal Compensation Survey (OMCS) to make effective rewards decisions across the broader public sector. 

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


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2021 National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population < 50,000) CAD 2,500 CAD 5,000
2021 National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population > 50,000) CAD 4,500 CAD 9,000

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

2021 Survey Participation

2021 survey participation is now closed. 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 and is not required to purchase results.

Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market.
  • Maximize your budget by making informed decisions to ensure you are not overpaying or underpaying.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

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

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  • Short DescriptionData collected for approximately 240 jobs from municipal organizations across Canada.

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