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Salary Survey

Local governments are challenged to attract and retain qualified employees, often competing with each other and the private sector. Local government salaries are constantly under review and pay plans are periodically compared to market and updated. As a result, each year local governments are looking for comparative pay data and processing multiple survey requests.
 
To facilitate the survey process and meet today’s needs for easy access to quality data, MARC, with the help of local government human resources personnel chose a new web-based salary survey system in 2013 called Compensation Survey System (CSS). More than 60 local governments participated in 2016 and the number is expected to grow each year. We invite all local governments to take advantage of its benefits, which include:

  • Immediate access to the survey data anytime during the year to either update or retrieve data.
  • The ability to generate reports that include only the local governments that you want to include in your comparisons.
  • The ability to obtain job data from local governments across the country.
  • An expanded database of jobs (from the current 120 to more than 900 benchmarks).
  • Reduced pay plan consultant fees because local governments will already have access to comprehensive salary data.
  • Fewer survey requests for salary data circulated among local governments throughout the year since area local governments will have access to Technology Net’s Compensation Survey System (CSS) tool.
  • Fees for CSS have a 20 percent group discount. 

To participate in the annual salary survey, follow these key steps

  • Review information about the CSS tool (overview, advantages and quick start guide).
  • Pay service fee, provide subscriber information and request user new login.
  • Request a web-based demonstration (45 minutes), if desired.
  • Participate in over-the-phone training (30-45 minutes).
  • Key your salary information.
  • Select comparable governmental entities and generate your first salary report.

Click on the links below to get more information about the survey tool, the benefits it will provide and how it will be implemented.

Benefits of New Web-based Survey Tool
CSS Overview
CSS Advantages
CSS Quick Start
Want to See a Demonstration of CSS?
Service Fee Schedule
Payment of Service Fees
Login Access Codes
CSS Training Opportunities on the New Web-based Survey Tool
Request for Support Going Forward

Benefits of New Web-based Survey Tool

Using the Technology Net product, it is much easier to understand the advantages gained with this change, such as:

  • Immediate access to the survey data anytime during the year to either update or retrieve data.
  • The ability to generate reports that include only the local governments that you want to include in your comparisons.
  • The ability to obtain job data from local governments across the country.
  • An expanded database of jobs (from the current 120 to over 900 benchmarks).
  • Reduced pay plan consultant fees because local governments will already have access to comprehensive salary data.
  • Fewer survey requests for salary data circulated among local governments throughout the year since area local governments will have access to Technology Net’s Compensation Survey System (CSS) tool.

Please refer to the following attachments if you would like more information about Technology Net’s CSS services:

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Want to See a Demonstration of Compensation Salary Survey (CSS)?

Demonstrations are available on a one-on-one basis. The webcast will last approximately 45 minutes. Please RSVP to Thressa Allen at tallen@marc.org to let her know several proposed dates and times when you are available for a demonstration. Thressa will contact Technology Net to schedule your demonstration and then email you the specific information so that you can join the online demonstration with a representative from Technology Net.

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Service Fee Schedule

The fees for 2017 are shown below. The fees are structured to cover the Technology Net service fees along with MARC’s expenses for the private sector salary data and report printing.

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Payment of Service Fees

Please follow the steps below to take advantage of the Compensation Survey System (CSS):

Step 1:

Click here for an Invoice and Subscriber Form, and fill out the Word form electronically. The form requests certain subscriber information. This information will be used to set-up your governmental entity and let us know who the users will be.

Step 2:

Email the form to Thressa Allen at tallen@marc.org.

Step 3:

If you would like to pay the service fee by credit card, please select the appropriate fee in the drop-down box below. Otherwise, you can mail a check to Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Mo. 64105-1659.









After we receive your payment, we will work with Technology Net, LLC to add your governmental entity to CSS and approve the “Request New Login” requests when submitted by your users.

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Login Access Codes

After you have emailed the Invoice and Subscriber Form and paid the annual service fees, you will have access to Compensation Salary Survey (CSS). To obtain your login access codes, please follow these steps:

  • From your web browser, go to www.comp-survey.com.
  • In the main menu at the left of the screen, click on “Request New Login.”
  • Review user terms and click on the “agree to terms” check box
  • Complete the popup information screen with your contact information.
  • Click on “Save Request.”
  • Within approximately 24 hours you will receive a welcome message from ETS containing your login and password.
  • A second welcome message will be delivered from Technology Net, LLC inviting you to contact them to set up a training session, over-the-phone, at your convenience (a 30-45 minute exercise).

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Compensation Survey System (CSS) Training Opportunities on the New Web-based Survey Tool

We encourage all interested governmental entities to first participate in a web-cast demonstrations, if possible.

After you receive your login and password information, you will have the opportunity to set up a training session, over-the-phone, at your convenience (a 30-45 minute exercise) with a representative from TechNet. Because CSS is fairly easy to learn and navigate, this training session generally gets everyone well trained on how to enter and retrieve data. CSS also offers unlimited participant assistance on-call throughout the year. Finally, CSS has a built-in user manual that is always available.

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Request for Support Going Forward

There are two ways you can help with the survey process in the future. First, encourage your peers at other local governments to participate. The data you will pull out for your own job comparisons will be more comprehensive with more local cities and counties in the database.