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2017 Public Employers Compensation

The 2017 Public Employers Compensation Survey is now available on MSEC’s website. The 2017 edition of the survey contains two separate reports (Individual and Aggregate). Each report contains data for 443 specific public employer jobs, as well as an extract of jobs matched by public employers in the 2017 Colorado Benchmark Compensation and Information Technology Compensation Surveys.

The Public Employers Compensation Survey: Individual Organization Report contains data displayed by individual organization for City and County governments, Parks & Recreation Districts, Library Districts, and Fire Districts only. In addition, this report includes the general information data such as pay practices for police and fire positions, as well as other position-specific data.

The Public Employers Compensation Survey: Aggregate Report contains data displayed by aggregate results for City and County governments, Public and Private Utility, Parks & Recreation Districts, Public Library Districts, Fire Department/District, and Other organizations. This report also includes data submitted by members of the Special Districts Association who were invited to participate in this year’s survey. General information can be found in the Public Employers Compensation Survey: Individual Organization Report.

The chart below displays the participant analysis of organizations who reported data in the 2017 Public Employers Compensation Survey. The two largest demographics in the survey are the Utility breakout and Cities, both at 29 percent of the sample.


To request a copy of these surveys, please contact the MSEC Surveys Department at 800.884.1328 or 303.223.5490. Copies of these resources are available to authorized personnel of MSEC members.

Pay & Pay Structure Increase Projections Online

2017 pay and pay structure increases are available, as well as 2018 projections. All 2017 and 2018 projections are published on the Surveys Results page of the MSEC website at The chart below displays the most recently collected data in the 2017 Benchmark Compensation Surveys. The 2018 projections will also be updated in the 2017 Planning Packet Survey that will publish in September.


Plan for the Planning Packet!

Believe it or not, it’s almost time to start the 2018 budget planning process! Part of this process includes determining pay increases for employees in the upcoming year. What are other employers budgeting for 2018 pay increases? Participate in the 2017 MSEC Planning Packet Survey questionnaire to report your organization’s projected 2018 pay and pay structure increases.

This year’s survey also includes business trend and staffing/hiring level questions. The questionnaire completion time is only 15 minutes. Your organization should have received an email to participate in the survey in July. If not, go to survey questionnaires at and select the Planning Packet Survey questionnaire to download or call MSEC’s Surveys Department for a password to complete the online questionnaire. Results of the survey will be available in September.