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Survey News.BlogMake a New Year’s Resolution!

MSEC understands the value of producing validated survey data for our members. In an effort to ensure MSEC members receive the most efficient, timely data, we too are making some New Year’s Resolutions. We need to observe survey submission deadlines in order to publish final reports in a timely fashion. The 2016 posted questionnaire deadlines will be the final deadlines in 2016. Our goal is to give you more time to complete the survey, but discontinue the practice of extending questionnaire deadlines. Help us to continue producing valuable compensation and benefit surveys by submitting your 2016 questionnaires on or before the posted deadline. Make sure your 2016 resolutions include participation in these surveys!

MSEC Core Compensation and Benefit Surveys

Questionnaire Sent

Questionnaire Due

Publication Date

Personnel Pulse (HR metrics, turnover, job absence rate, etc.)

January 6, 2016

February 17, 2016

April – 2nd wk

Benchmark Compensation Surveyincludes:

January 11, 2016

February 26, 2016


     Colorado Compensation



April – 4th wk

     Information Technology



May – 1st wk

     Utah Compensation



May – 4th wk

     Arizona Compensation



May – 4th wk

     Wyoming Compensation



May – 4th wk

Public Employers Compensation

January 19, 2016

March 4, 2016

June – 1st wk

Health Care Compensation

March 7, 2016

April 15, 2016

July – 3rd wk

Health & Welfare Plans

March 28, 2016

June 3, 2016

August – 2nd wk

Paid Time Off Policies

September 6, 2016

November 4, 2016

January 2017 – 2nd wk

Go to for a complete list of upcoming surveys as well as all published surveys and studies.

Survey Highlights

2015 Non-Profit/Foundation Compensation Survey

The 2015 Non-Profit/Foundation Compensation Survey is now available. Participation includes 94 organizations from Colorado, three from Wyoming, and four from Arizona. This survey reports salary data for full-time and part-time employees in 93 positions. These data are displayed by annual budget size and type of nonprofit. Data reported by Foundations are sorted by asset size. The General Information section of the survey reports the projected pay and pay structure increases for 2015 and 2016 in addition to other organization practices.

2015 Casino Compensation Survey

The 2015 Casino Compensation Survey collected data for 96 benchmark jobs in the industry and reflects seven casinos located in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Also included are percentage increases in pay for 2014 and projections for 2015 and 2016. Data are displayed for average turnover rates for 2014.

2015 Construction Industry Compensation Survey

MSEC again partnered with the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) to invite their members along with ours to participate in the 2015 Construction Industry Compensation Survey. This year’s survey had 35 organizations reporting data for a total of 102 benchmark jobs. Data are displayed by employment size. Participants reported exemption status and 2014 bonus/incentive pay for salaried positions. This survey also includes data on Sales Staff payment methods and company vehicle policy.

2015 Hotel Industry Compensation Survey

The 2015 Hotel Industry Compensation Survey is now available. This survey includes data from 20 participating organizations from Metro Denver and Colorado resort areas. There are 85 surveyed jobs that are reported by geographic area. Also included are percentage increases in pay for 2014 and projections for 2015 and 2016, as well as shift differentials, turnover data, and other general information questions.