TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Following several months of research and compilation a first-of-its-kind wage and salary survey for Northern Michigan businesses is complete and available online.
Work on the 2013 Northwest Lower Michigan Wage Survey began this spring when it was distributed to hundreds of businesses across Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford Counties.
The survey was conducted by Northwestern Michigan College and other collaborators including the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and the Traverse Area Human Resources Association. The goal was to create a local data base of reliable wage and salary information for area businesses and employers that’s more reflective of the local labor market than state and national wage information.
“For years Northern Michigan businesses have often encountered difficulty setting wage and salary levels because of limited labor market information,” said Laura Galbraith, vice president of administration for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. “This information should help employers by providing accurate local wage data to assist businesses in determining appropriate pay rates.”
Results are based on responses from 240 surveys which included wage data on 406 job titles across 22 different job families. The data was kept anonymous and confidential.
Some of the survey highlights include:
Some 60 percent of the responses were from businesses in Grand Traverse County, while 11 percent were from Antrim County and 8 percent from Charlevoix.
Thirty-six percent of the responding businesses employ nine or fewer workers, while 32 percent had 10 to 50 employees and 12 percent had 51 to 100 employees. Companies with more than 100 employees represented 20 percent of the survey responses. More than 92 percent of responses were from businesses with non-union workers.
Twenty-one percent of the survey responses came from manufacturing companies, 10 percent were from the service sector and 9 percent each from the healthcare and non-profit sector.
The full 105-page report is available at this link: https://www.nmc.edu/training/wage-survey/
It will also be available on the websites of the survey partners including NMC, the Traverse City Area Chamber, NMGOG and TAHRA.
About the Chamber
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce started in 1915 and is Michigan’s third-largest chamber, serving nearly 1,900 businesses in the Grand Traverse region. It partners with government, nonprofit and other organizations on a wide range of programs and services to grow the area’s economy, protect the environment and enhance quality of life. Learn more at www.tcchamber.org
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