Last fall, we started brainstorming with some of our colleagues in the BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines program about the idea of doing a compensation survey of design and construction firms in our region. We decided to go for it and put together a survey to all BEBL members and HELM clients and colleagues. We sent it out in January 2018 and got responses from a wide range of businesses across the Northeast region, ranging from as small as 1 employee to over 100. We were especially curious to know not only about hourly wages and annual salaries, but also about what kind of benefits our colleague businesses are offering, and how compensation varies by state. The results are finally in - 44 companies participated from VT, NH, ME, CT, MA and NY, and we have collated the responses into a white paper.
We learned a lot in the process of trying to collect and analyze this data and hope to do it again and get a larger sample size in the future, but hope this information is useful to our community of design and building businesses as we look at the People component of the triple bottom line: People, Profit and Planet. If you are thinking about employee compensation, we also recommend a great resource in the MIT Living Wage Calculator, which helps you determine what the living wage is for your area.
We'd love your feedback on the compensation survey report and what you'd like to see in the future (post comments below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org).