Starting Wages and Benefits Survey

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber invites you to participate in the 2021 Starting Wages & Benefits survey.

While other surveys report average wage information, this document provides valuable starting wage as well as median wage information  – an indispensable economic development tool!

The survey provides information that enables companies to:
•    Keep pay rates for new hires competitive.
•    Control payroll costs when making hiring and promotion decisions.
•    Determine compensation and benefit levels based on industry comparisons.

To provide this data, we need your help.

All employers in the Mahoning Valley are welcome to take the survey which asks about starting wages and median wages for various positions within their company as well as company-provided benefits.  Occupations listed were selected based on industries that have expressed an interest in locating in the Mahoning Valley, projected growth areas and future industry trends.  Additional company questions reflect current and future trends in using benefits and perks as a tool to attract and retain employees.

There are six sections to this survey.
1. Company Information
2. Employee Demographics
3. Time Off Policy
4. Medical and Other Benefits
5. Wages
6. File uploads (if preferred)

This survey generally takes up to 20 minutes to complete, less if you have your wage data accessible. Its a small investment compared to the value you will receive in return. We appreciate your time commitment to the survey and want to make completing it as easy as possible for you. The survey is available in a variety of formats (word, excel, online). You can also upload your company policy files for time off, benefits and wage rates.



Get the Survey



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The completed report will be made available to all those who participate. We will report only aggregate results and no individually identifying company information will be released. All individual questionnaire information will be kept strictly confidential and not shared with any other entity.


Return your survey early and be entered to win a $25 gift card to one of our member restaurants. 
We will draw a winner at the end of each month until June. 
    March Winner -- Northeast Ohio Adoption Services won a gift card to Cafe 422.
    April Winner - Bull Moose Tube won a gift card to Mocha House.
    May Winner - TBD
    June Winner - TBD

If you have any questions, or to return your completed survey, please contact:

Michelle Phillips
Director of Research
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
City Centre One, Suite 500
100 East Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503

P: 330-744-2131 ext. 1104
F: 330-746-0330