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  • About Compensation Consulting & Research

    Compensation plus Research

    Employers Group is the leading source for intelligent business, HR solutions, and employer advocacy, helping thousands of employers across the country and our resources are available to members and non-members alike. Employers Group, Research Services conducts in-depth research across California and national employers, covering HR practices, compensation, benefits, budgets, and trends. Our surveys are designed to help you estimate current labor market rates, analyze human resources practices, and determine what is right for your company. Whether you need data for one job or as part of a formal compensation plan, EG’s comprehensive survey program can help you estimate current labor market rates and practices for your organization.

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    Compensation Consulting Services

    Employers Group’s Compensation Solutions create and sustain a variety of consulting services; from market pricing and analysis to more in depth total rewards plans covering both compensation and benefits costs. Creating a competitive compensation and benefits package boosts employee morale, retention, and attracts future employees. Your partners at Employers Group understand your needs and can help your company plan an effective strategy to meet your goals.

    Compensation Services:

    • Market Analysis
    • Wage & Salary Administration Policy
    • Incentive Plan Design and Alternative Pay Programs
    • Executive Compensation Review
    • Performance Management

    Job Classification Services:

    • Job Analysis and Evaluation Programs
    • Job Descriptions
    • FLSA Exemption Review
    • Salary Grades

    Services May Include:

    • Online solutions
    • Implementation, including employee & management training
    • Strategic planning and recommendations on compensation issues
    • Compensation philosophy development

    Free Compensation Program Consultation Review
    Take our Compensation Assessment for a free 20-minute consultation with our experts
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    A Consulting Coordinator will get back to you within 24-hours to arrange a 20-minute phone call with our consultant.

    Compensation & Benefits Surveys

    Employers Group’s Research Department surveys and produces 5 annual reports covering hourly nonexempt to executive & mid-management, and practices & benefits. Our participation program is open to all firms, from varying industries and company size.
    We only use trusted methods to acquire data just for your needs. Create competitive compensation and benefits plans and see how well your organization matches against the current market. Contribute to our surveys and be a part of both Californian regional and US data.


    EG members as well as non-members are encouraged to participate in the survey program. Previous survey participants can login to their account to view and update previous compensation data. New participants can participate by either:

    1. Completing our data collection form to submit information by job title and functional category or
    2. Download our template and submit your completed form to us at: surveys@employersgroup.com.

    Participation Service Fees:

    Service fees are based on (1) A company’s participation and (2) Active membership with Employers Group.

    Non-Member Member
    Purchase Price $595 $395
    Contribution Price $420 $275


    Survey Schedule & Prices




    Survey Suite
    Executive & Mid-Management Total Compensation Survey



    Regional Wage (Nonexempt) Survey



    IT & Engineering Compensation Survey



    HR Budgets & Human Capital Benchmark Survey




    Professional & Sales Personnel Compensation Survey





    Participating in the EG Survey Program provides you with an array of benefits. Get access to your custom Comp Solutions Portal where you can:

    • View a customized comparison of your company’s compensation data to the current market
    • Easily sort by average base, salary ranges, or percentage differences for locating just what you need
    • Compare market job descriptions to your own job titles
    • Access your downloadable survey reports online, 24/7 via your Survey Library
    • Check out the Job Descriptions for over 750 Hourly, Professional, Sales, and IT & Engineering jobs
    • Locate specific wages and salary ranges sorted by survey edition, functional area, and geographic location

    Learn more about our Survey Program

    Employee Opinion Survey

    Employers Group is here to support you with the tools you need to assess your organization’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the issues affecting employee morale and organizational performance.

    • Custom built, online survey
    • Completed within 3-5 business days of registration
    • Custom survey link
    • Company portal with participation tracking and report access
    • Employee communication templates
    • Click here to see a sample of the report

    Our online EOS allows companies to develop an effective and engaging management program, understand what employees value in their work life, and prepare the organization for change.


    Q. Is an online employee opinion survey right for your organization?
    A. An Employee Opinion Survey is used to assess an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, and issues affecting employee morale and organizational performance. The results allow companies to develop an effective and engaging management program, prepare their organization for change, and understand what employees value in their work life.

    Q. I would like to deploy an Employee Opinion Survey, but not all my employees have access to a computer to take it, can we still use the survey?
    A. Yes! The EOS can be sent via paper and online, however additional costs may apply for data input.

    Q. Can an EOS be translated into a language other than English?
    A. Yes, we can translate the survey into another language if needed.

    Q. I’m not sure how to communicate to my employees the process of an EOS, can you help?
    A. Included in the annual EOS package that comes with the membership are numerous templates that help you communicate to your employees the launch, completion, and results of the EOS.

    Q. Can I see a sample Employee Opinion Survey report?
    A. We are more than happy to provide a sample of the report for a completed EOS. Please email researchservices@employersgroup.com for the sample.

    Survey Descriptions

    2019 Executive & Middle Management Total Compensation Survey: 

    This survey encompasses data submitted by California firms for  Executive and  mid-management classifications. The survey results for each position include current base salary, bonus and other cash compensation, total compensation, salary ranges, and actual versus targeted bonuses. Click here for the list of classifications.

    2019 Professional and Sales Personnel Compensation Survey: 

    This survey encompasses data submitted by California firms for Professional (administrative & sales) non management positions. The survey covers all information relative to base, salary ranges, and additional compensation. Geographic differentials and aging/maturing formulas are also included. Click here for the list of classifications.

    2019 Regional Wage (nonexempt) Survey: Now Open!

    This survey encompasses data submitted by California firms for  statewide nonexempt surveyed classifications. The survey covers base salary, bonus/incentive compensation, total compensation, and salary ranges. Extensive analysis by counties including, San Francisco bay Area, Metro Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego County. Geographic differentials and aging/maturing formulas are also included. Click here for the list of classifications.

    2018 IT & Engineering Compensation Survey: 

    This survey presents compensation data and policies and practices submitted by firms of varying sizes, geographic locations, and industries for 157 jobs, including Software Engineers, Systems Administrators, Web Masters, Project Leaders, Mechanical Engineers, etc. Click here for the list of classifications.

    2019 HR Budgets & Human Capital Benchmarks Survey: 

    The Employers Group HR Budgets & Human Capital Benchmark Survey will prepare you for the 2019 budget season as it is our annual measure of actual and projected salary budget increases and labor forecasts from California firms.  The survey includes critical information topics like: Actual & Projected Salary Increases and Structure Adjustments; Turnover; Recruitment Projections; Staffing Projections; Holiday Schedules/Paid Holidays; and Business/Employment Outlook. Additional areas covered: Consumer Price Index, Employment Cost Index, Unemployment Rates, Benefit Costs, and General Labor Cost Trends.

    Sample Engagements

    Non-profit Agency, $8 million operating budget, 95 Employees

    • Needs: To meet federal funding guidelines, audit the agency’s compensation program, conduct a job evaluation, and market price staff and executive positions through a custom industry-specific compensation survey.
    • Services: Benefits Cost Analysis, job evaluation, custom survey of 250 agencies with 56 respondents; provided a detailed report of custom analysis of executive compensation practices and guidelines.

    Multi-state food distributor, $250 million in sales, 90 Employees

    • Needs: Document and advance an upgrade to current program, including base compensation for hourly, executives, and sales force; design a competitive sales compensation strategy; cost analysis of employee benefit program.
    • Services provided: A Total Rewards Cost Analysis, restructured the company’s compensation program and introduced a market driven bonus program, advanced internal and external equity strategies to alleviate low employee moral; articulated all costs within the organization’s ROI needs.

    550 employee manufacturing company, $75 million in revenue

    • Needs: Complete overhaul of the organization’s compensation program, including job evaluation, market pricing, total rewards cost analysis, pay strategy, evaluation of employee benefit program, employee utilization census analysis, and introduction of new plan to match the organization’s key talent pool and skill set.
    • Services: Total Rewards Strategy, face-to-face meetings with executive team and all key managers; benchmarked the organization’s benefit and HR programs, extracted total labor costs, and measured company’s employee investment via EG’s proprietary set of HR metrics. Implemented this as a long-term solution and recommended a total rewards strategy to allow the company to fund employee’s payroll to meet market levels and reduce their labor costs $200k (by modifying their existing employee leave program); included training modules and administrative support to implement recommended changes.

    350 employee non-profit agency; $45 million operating budget

    • Needs: To meet federal guidelines for pay practices, estimate the existing pay levels for 45 positions (including executives) within the agency’s labor market.
    • Services: Designed online and hardcopy questionnaire customized to agency’s job descriptions; identified 250 agencies within the targeted labor market and executed a survey; outreach efforts for maximum participation in survey included several phone calls, emails, etc. leading to 60 participants and a detailed report which the agency introduced to federal agencies as evidence of existing market conditions.

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    HR Assessment

    Employers Group’s HR Assessment outlines how your company is doing in five key areas: Compliance, HR Processes & Management, Employee Motivation, HR Sourcing, and Recruitment. The 30-question assessment is designed to provide you with information on how your HR practices compare to best practices of other companies.

    After you complete the survey:

    • Get access to a summarized report upon completion.
    • Get an in-depth and detailed scorecard provided by one of our professional consultants within three business days.

    Your participation in the Assessment is confidential and will not be shared with any outside agency or group.

    Take the Assessment



    Q. I am a new member, what surveys come with my membership?

    A. New members receive the following set of surveys:

    • Regional Wage (Nonexempt) Survey
    • HR Budgets & Human Capital Benchmark Survey
    • Executive & Mid-Management Compensation Survey

    Other surveys available through purchase include:

    • Professional & Sales Personnel Compensation Survey
    • IT & Engineering Compensation Survey

    The best way to keep your compensation and HR reports current is through participation. As a member of the Employers Group, you will automatically be invited to participate in all of the surveys. In some cases the surveys might not apply to your company or business; however, we encourage your participation in as many surveys as possible. The strength of the survey program rests on your participation.

    Q. What happens if I am not able to participate and need the survey?
    A. Survey reports are available to non-participating members for a nominal fee. For pricing please call (213) 765-3920.

    Q. I participated in a survey, when can I expect to receive the final report?
    A. Generally, final survey reports are distributed to participants two months after we stop collecting information. Unless other arrangements are made, all survey reports are made available online.

    Q. How do I access the final report online?
    A. For each company that buys or participates in one of our surveys, we setup the company within eComp Solutions® Portal. Here, you can access all the reports you are entitled to in addition to the previous data you have provided. We can give as many individual login credentials to the Portal as a company may need.

    Q. I have many surveys to participate in throughout the year, how can you make it easy for me to participate?
    A. At Employers Group, we value your contribution to our surveys, so we will do what we can to accommodate your needs. There are a few ways to participate in our surveys. 1) We have an online form that you can complete. When you complete the online form you will need to enter in each applicable position title and match it to our provided job titles; enter in the base salary, minimum & maximum salary, as well as any bonus information. 2) We have an excel template that contains the minimum required fields that you can complete and send via email. 3) Simply download your employee census and send it over, we will do the work for you!

    Once you provide data for your survey we will make it available via your eComp Solutions® account. That way you can make individual updates & track the information you’ve submitted. You can participate by editing the information in your portal, or we can apply a percentage increase for you.

    Q. Do I need to request questionnaires to participate in the survey program?
    A. No. All members are invited to participate in all of our surveys. Invitations are always emailed to the main survey contact in every member firm. Call or e-mail us to change or update your firm’s survey contact or to send you the link for participation.

    Q. I work for a privately-held company and the owners are very sensitive about participating in compensation surveys -is our participation confidential?
    A. Yes. You can participate and remain anonymous. We do not share or disclose participation to other members or non-members. We also do not sell collected survey data to other organizations for external marketing purposes. All survey data is treated with the utmost confidentiality and at no time will data be furnished in any form so as the identity of the member firm can be revealed.

    Q. I am a new member and I would like to participate in the survey program, but I need time to learn the different surveys that are available. How soon do I have to start participating to obtain credit for the surveys?
    A. We encourage new members to participate in any open survey. Survey reports are available to non-participating members for a nominal fee.

    Q. We are a small company and we can only provide data for a few jobs, can we still participate?
    A. Yes. Our survey program is diverse and we invite and encourage participation from small to large size firms. Even if you can only match data for a few jobs, we can still use your data to estimate current market rates.

    Q. We do not have a formal compensation program. Can you still use our data in the survey program?
    A. Yes. Our surveys are designed so participation is based on matching a job description to an existing job. Although a formal compensation program might simplify your participation, you can still submit data even if your program is not part of a formal compensation process.


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    Veretta Yancey

    Email : researchservices@employersgroup.com

    Services : Compensation Consulting & Research