Utilities Compensation Survey - 2017

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2017 Survey Materials Available!

30 November 2016

2016 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
24 May 2016

2015 Survey Participation included 81 companies!
30 May 2015

We would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual Utilities Compensation Survey.  The survey is being sponsored by fifteen utilities, as listed below.  With 95 participants last year, we would like to add your organization to this year’s success story.

Survey Sponsors

Each year a group of dedicated organizations work directly with Western Management Group to review and revise the survey to meet the needs of all participants.  We would like to thank the Survey Sponsors for their assistance in making this survey what it is today.

Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
Blue Ridge Power Agency
Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative
ElectriCities of North Carolina
Michigan Public Power Agency
Missouri Public Utility Alliance
Missouri River Energy Services
NMPP Energy (Nebraska Municipal Power Pool Energy)
Northern California Power Agency
Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority
Platte River Power Authority
Southern California Public Power Authority
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
WPPI Energy (FKA Wisconsin Public Power)

In recognition for their efforts, Survey Sponsors receive a discount off of their annual participant fees. If you are interested in joining the team and your company to become a sponsor, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Key Features

  • Total Cash Compensation data including Base Salary, Profit Sharing, Performance Bonuses, Team Awards, Discretionary Bonuses, etc.
  • Geographic breakouts of data for major regions, states, and over 100 major metropolitan areas throughout the country
  • Product and Revenue Level breakouts
  • 95 participants were included in the 2016 edition
  • 79 benchmark jobs, each with detailed job descriptions

New This Year

Please refer to the survey Input Instructions for a full list of updated and revised survey content.

Survey Schedule

12 October 2016
December 2016
1 January 2017
28 February 2017            
May 2017
Survey Sponsor Meeting
Distribution of Input Materials 
Survey Participant Meeting
Effective Date of Data 
Deadline for Submission of Data 
Results Available for Participants via DataCentral®

Survey Fees

Summary Report PDF = FREE: There is no cost for your participation and your organization will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the Summary version of the final report in appreciation for your data submission.

Uploadable Excel Report = $ 450: Contains summary information on each job for all companies in the survey, and can be uploaded to common survey analysis tools for further analysis, manipulation, editing and review.

Standard Report = $ 1,000: Includes all data from all participants displayed in Summary, Detail, and Breakout reports in PDF format. ALSO includes the Uploadable Excel Report for no additional fee.

Standard Report Hard-Copy = Additional $ 150: A three-ring binder, hard-copy, printed version of the Standard Report is also available. Only available to those who purchase either the Standard Report or Custom Report Access.

Custom Report Access = $ 3,000: Includes the Standard Reports and the Uploadable Excel Report spreadsheet, plus detailed and customized reporting capability. This option is ideal for those who want reports on selected sets of participants or to meet selected scoping specifications. You have complete flexibility in defining the content and coverage of your own reports. A variety of report formats are available including Summary, Detail, Breakout and Market Comparison Reports in both PDF and Excel formats. In addition, customizable Uploadable Excel Reports are available, which provides your choice of data elements in an uploadable spreadsheet format. Survey Sponsors receive a significant discount on the “Custom Results Generation Capability” plus additional benefits, so please contact us if you are interested in becoming a future survey sponsor.

American Public Power Association Member Discount: APPA members will receive a $ 100 discount off of the Standard Report and Custom Report Access prices.

Survey Results and Samples - DataCentral®

There are two levels of results access available depending on your needs…whether you only need the Standard Report in PDF or XLS format covering ALL of the participants and ALL of the jobs, or Custom Report access which provides complex reporting “drill-down” capabilities.  Regardless of the level chosen, all participants will receive a FULL YEAR of 24x7 access to DataCentral® to download your reports online, or run unlimited Custom Reports and get immediate results. Both levels described below will provide the analyses in both PDF and XLS Formats.

Download the full survey Standard Report which contains ALL data from ALL participants.  Your data is included in the computation of job data statistics and totals.  Available in both Adobe Acrobat.pdf and Excel.xls formats, at no additional cost. 

  • Job Descriptions:  Uploadable job descriptions in Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat are also provided at no additional cost.
  • Summary Report:  Displays a line of data for each job, including basic statistics such as:
Average or Median Base Pay 
Average or Median Bonus 
Average or Median Variable Cash Compensation
Average or Median Total Compensation
Average or Median Target Bonus Percentage
Average Span of Control 
Total Number of Incumbents 
Total Number of Companies

View a sample of the Summary Report

  • Detail Report:  Provides a full page of data analysis for each job, including statistics on each pay element such as:
Highest Rate Reported 
90th, 75th, 50th, 25th 10th Percentiles 
Lowest Rate Reported 
Number of Employees Reported 
Employee Weighted Average 
Number of Companies 
Company Weighted Average
Earnings Mix: Showing Base, Variable Cash Compensation as a percentage of Total Cash 
Prevalence and Impact Statistics and Analysis for various Pay Elements

View a sample of the Detail Report

  • Breakout Report:  For each survey job, displays averages or median of each pay element by Sector, Geographic Area and Revenue.
Average or Median Base Pay
Average or Median Bonus 
Average or Median Variable Cash Compensation
Average or Median Total Cash Compensation
Average or Median Target Bonus Percentage
Total Number of Incumbents 
Total Number of Companies 

View a sample of the Breakout Report
  • Uploadable Excel Report:  Provides a job-by-job spreadsheet report with all of the major statistics and pay elements laid out in a readily uploadable format for third party analysis software.
The Custom Report Option offers detailed and full customized reporting capability.  Ideal for participants who need reports based on a selected set of participants or to meet specific scoping criteria.  You have complete control and flexibility in defining your own reports to include the pay elements and statistics you require.

Company Selections
Company Size by Revenue, Sector, or Employment
Geographic Area: Region/State/Metro Area
Data Elements and Statistics Calculations
Custom Percentiles
Standard Deviations
Weighted and Simple Averages
Data Aging
And much more!

Includes all of the above reports from the Standard level PLUS

  • Uploadable Excel Breakout Report:  Similar to the Uploadable Excel Report above, PLUS adds the ability to split the results into categories such as Geography, Sector, or Revenue, etc.
  • Market Comparison Report:  Provides a tabular and graphic comparison of your own company data to that of your selected market. An easy way to show competitive standing of your company.
View a sample of the Market Comparison Report

For a live demonstration of the power, flexibility and capabilities of DataCentral go to www.wmgnet.com and scroll down to ”Our Features” under “DataCentral” and click on “Take a Test Drive”, or call Ellie Nakhforoush at +1 408 399 4900 ext. 224 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2016

Arizona G & T Cooperatives
Arkansas Electric Cooperatives
Associated Electric Corporation
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
Buckeye Power
Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Dakota Electric Association
GeorgiaSystemsOperations (Oglethorpe Power)
Great River Energy
GreyStone Power
Kamo Electric Cooperative
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Riviera Utilities
Seminole Electric Cooperative
Sho-Me Power Cooperative
Sumter Electric Cooperative
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation
Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative
Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
American Transmission Company
Bear Valley Electric Service
Black Hills Corporation
Dominion Resources
Green Mountain Power
Northwest Natural Gas
(NW Natural)
OGE Energy
Puget Sound Energy
Waste Management
Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
American Municipal Power
Blue Ridge Power Agency
Central Municipal Power Agency and Services
Citizens Energy Group
Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC)
ElectriCities of North Carolina
Energy Northwest
Florida Municipal Power Agency
Illinois Municipal Electric Agency
Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Intermountain Power Agency
Michigan Public Power Agency
Michigan South Central Power Agency
Missouri Public Utility Alliance
Missouri River Energy Services
NMPP Energy (Nebraska Municipal Power Pool Energy)Northern California Power Agency (NCPA)
Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA)
Platte River Power Authority
Southern California Public Power Authority
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Utah Municipal Power Agency
WPPI Energy
Arizona Public Service Company (APS)
Austin Energy
Carthage Water & Electric Plant
CenterPoint Energy
Chelan County PUD
City of Anaheim Public Utilities
City of Garland Power and Light
City of Georgetown (Georgetown Utility Systems)
City of High Point
City of Longmont
City of Ocala
City of Seattle
City Utilities of Springfield
Colorado Springs Utilities
Cowlitz PUD
DTE Energy
Emerald People's Utility District
Gainesville Regional Utilities/City of Gainesville
Grand River Dam Authority
Greenville Utilities Commission
Holland Board of Public Works
Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA)
Knoxville Utilities Board
Lafayette Utilities System (Lafayette Consolidated Government)
Lansing Board of Water & Light
Loup River Public Power District
Lower Colorado River Authority
Muscatine Power and Water
Nashville Electric Service
Omaha Public Power District
Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Philadelphia Gas Works
Prairie State Generating Company
Riverside Public Utilities
Dalton Utilities
Fairfax Water
Quanta Services
Southwest Gas
Veolia North America
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Survey Job Coverage



President/CEO/General Manager
Assistant General Manager/COO
Corporate Counsel
Staff Attorney
Director of Marketing
Manager of Human Resources
Director of Human Resources
Vice President of Human Resources
Office Administrator
Executive Assistant (CEO &BOD)
Vice President Marketing

Vice President Administrative Svcs./Corp Svcs 


Vice President Finance/CFO
Asst.  Vice President Finance/Controller
Treasury Manager
Director of Billing
Accountant 1
Accountant 2
Accountant 3
Accountant 4


Manager of Risk Control
Government Compliance Officer
Compliance Specialist


VP of Technical Services or Engineering
Engineering Manager
Manager of Environmental Affairs
Environmental Specialist (Technician)
Distribution Engineer
Senior Distribution Engineer
Civil Engineer
Senior Civil Engineer
Transmission Engineer
Senior Transmission Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
Instrument & Electronic Tech. - SCADA
Sr. Instrument & Electr. Tech. - SCADA 


VP of Energy Operations & Power Generation
VP Generation Services
Power Supply Planning Engineer
Power Supply Contracts Administrator
Power Supply Planning & Contracts Manager
Energy Auditor
Energy Risk Manager
Power Dispatcher
Power Marketer
Senior Power Marketer
Markets Manager
Director of Power Supply Planning
Senior Economist
Rate Analyst
Manager of Power Sales
Manager of Transmission Affairs
Settlement Analyst
Senior Settlement Analyst
Director of Energy Efficiency
Fuels & Commodities Procurement Analyst
Energy Optimization Specialist


VP of Government & Member Relations
Director of Government Affairs


Director of Member Relations
Vice President Member Services
Energy Services Manager
Energy Services Representative
Economic Development Manager


Chief Information Officer
IS Network Administrator
Applications Developer
Social Media Specialist

Plant Control Room Operator (Hydroelectric)
Plant Control Room  Operator (Nuclear)
Plant Control Room Operator (Gas Turbine)
Plant Control Room Operator (Coal Fired)
Plant Manager
Plant Supervisor (Foreman)
Line Technician (Worker)
Generation Technician
Maintenance Technician
Mechanical Technician