Chamber seeks wage data from area employers

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber is sending a survey to more than 1,200 area businesses seeking data that will be used to update its Starting Wages and Benefits report.

The Regional Chamber’s Starting Wages and Benefits publication is different from other wage surveys because it focuses on starting wages rather than average wages. The survey provides information that enables companies to keep pay rates for new hires competitive, control payroll costs when making hiring and promotion decisions, and determine compensation and benefit levels based on industry comparisons, according to a news release from the chamber.

“The results of this survey are an excellent economic development tool for the Chamber to use during our businesses attraction and retention and expansion efforts. These details will also be available to our current and prospective employers to give them an idea of local labor costs for new positions,” said Sarah Boyarko, Regional Chamber Vice President Economic Development, North America.

Every two years, area employers are contacted and asked about starting wages for various positions within their company. Occupations listed were based on industries that have expressed an interest in locating within the Mahoning Valley, projected growth areas and future industry trends.  They include professional, skilled and non-skilled positions from industries such as manufacturing, health care, service businesses, construction, retail and distribution.

Along with starting wages, the survey also contains questions on benefits available at the company, including medical coverage and vacation time.

The complete report will be available to all those who participate. All wage and benefit surveys will be kept confidential.  The published report will only contain summary information.

The survey will be distributed to businesses in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties either by email or by regular mail.  Surveys should be returned by Aug. 16.

If a business has more than 10 employees and wishes to participate, it can download a copy of the survey by clicking here.

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