Merit Shop Wage & Benefit Survey For Contractors

2017 Merit Shop Wage & Benefit Survey


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Report Description

The Merit Shop Wage & Benefit Survey contains 170 pages of valuable wage and benefit data reported by over 900 Merit Shop Contractors. This survey identifies wage and benefit information on journeymen and foremen in 30 construction craft positions including the traditional trades of the general contractor and the subtrades of the specialty contractor. Data analysis includes:


Hourly Rate Fringe Benefit Percentage
Actual Increases Anticipated Increases
Overtime Practices Paid Holidays
Health Insurance Life Insurance
Pension Plans Paid Vacations
Dental Insurance Disability Insurance
Bonus Plan And More…


Craft Positions Covered

The MeritShop Wage & Benefit Survey includes wage information on 30 journeymen, 30 foremen, 22 apprentice and 11 helper positions related to the meritshop contractor. The craft families include:


Acoustical Workers HVAC Mechanics Block/Stone Measons
Boilermakers Bricklayers* Carpenters*
Cement Masons* Drywall Finishers Electricians*
Low Voltage Installer Insulators Ironworkers-Resteel*
Ironworkers-Structural* Millwrights Painters*
Metal Building Mechanics Piledrivers Pipefitters*
Plasterers Plumbers* Riggers
Roofers Sheetmetal Workers Sprinkler Fitters
Welders Driver-Single Axle Driver-Tandem Axle
Laborers Light Equipment Operators Heavy Equipment Operators
Positions marked with an “*” provide further analysis information on 1st year apprentices, 3rd year apprentices, helpers, and top performing journeyman rates.

Demographic Breakouts

All craft are presented in a multidimensional format broken down by geographic area, type of contractor, type of construction, and revenue size. In addition, at no additional cost, special localized wage rate reports are available to organizations that purchase the annual survey. These reports can be selected by county, metropolitan area or state.

Type Of Construction

    • Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Institutional
    • Residential-1
    • Residential-2
    • Heavy
    • Highway
    • Municipal

Other Breakouts Include…

    • Firms that bid primarily cost plus or firm price
    • General Construction versus Service Contracts
    • Firm size as measured by annual revenues
    • Geographic location of the firm’s work

What’s on the CD?

The Merit Shop Wage & Benefit Survey is available on CD as well as in hard copy format. The CD contains…
  • The full Survey Report
  • Breakouts of the 50 States plus the District of Columbia
  • Breakouts of Eighty + Metropolitan Areas
  • Complimentary copy of Contractor Compensation Quarterly
  • Current articles on compensation within the construction industry

Availability & Cost

Updates: Report is updated in June of each calendar year
Report length: 174 pages
Book $480
Book & CD $670  (let us know if you need a flash drive)
Ships the same day if ordered before 3:00 p.m. EST.
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