Frequently Asked Questions

Survey Tools and Reports

I would like to participate in the survey but haven’t participated before, what should I do?
First as a new participant, you will need a User ID and Password. To obtain these, send an email to survey@akroninc.net with your name and contact info as well as your company’s address. We will create an account for you and send you a survey invitation and everything you need to get started within 48 hours.
How much does it cost to participate?
Participation in all of our surveys is free and convenient online and provides a discount on purchase of the survey reports.
What do I get for participating?
Participation in the survey provides your organization with several exclusive features when you purchase the survey reports. Exclusive features include, access to the On-line Query Tool, the ability to request Special Cuts, and significant discounts on purchasing the survey reports.
How much do the Survey Reports cost?
Survey Report prices vary based on company size, survey participation and bundle pricing when you purchase both the Compensation and Benefits Surveys. Also, HRA-NCA, WACABA, PSC, WEB, NOVA SHRM, Montgomery Country SHRM, and AILA-DC members receive an additional $25.00 discount on purchase. Please view our order form for the latest survey report prices..
When will the Survey Reports be available?
The 2015 Washington-Baltimore Metro Area Benefits Survey Report will be released in Early June and the 2015 HRA-NCA Compensation Survey Report will be released in Late August.
What is the On-line Query Tool?
The On-line Query Tool provides on-line access to Compensation Survey data and allows you to perform unlimited customized searches. Search criteria includes, geographic region, employee size, revenue, and industry as well as a filter for Government Contractors. The tool also allows for aging the data. Compensation Survey participants that purchase the Compensation Survey Report receive free access. For an indepth look at the On-Line Query Tool, check out Issue #4 of the Survey Connection.
How do I request a Special Cut?
Access to Special Cuts allows your organization to request unique cuts of both the Compensation and Benefits Survey Reports to include data from only respondents you select. Send us an email at survey@akroninc.net with a description of what you are interested in or a list of at least 25 other participants you would like included. (A list of 2014 participants for both surveys will be available when the Survey Reports are released in June and August).

2014 Survey Participants

When is the submission deadline?
The 2014 submission deadline is on April 25th.
I participated last year, is any of my data still in the system?
Yes, at the top of every page in the Survey Portal is a “Get Last Year’s Data” button that will auto-fill your answers from last year. For more information on how to use it check out the participation instructions.
What is the “As-of” date for the data?
February 1st is the capture date for 2014 Survey Data.
What is the Washington-Baltimore Metro area defined as?
The survey region includes,
  • Maryland counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, St. Mary’s and Washington.
  • Virginia counties: Arlington, Clark, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren.
  • West Virginia counties: Berkeley and Jefferson.
  • All encompassed areas and cities, including the District of Columbia.
Should I report data for all my employees, even if they work outside of the survey region?
The HRA-NCA Surveys are regionally specific to the Washington-Baltimore Metro area. Do not include data for employees that work outside of the survey region defined above. However, if employees telecommute from a location outside the survey area but are still considered part of your Washington-Baltimore area office, please include them.
How are Government Contractors identified?
Under the “My Profile” section on the survey portal is a question asking “Approximately what portion of 2013 revenue was received from federal government contracts?” respondents that select “50% or More” are identified as Government Contractors and will also have their information included in the Government Contractors Compensation Survey.
For the Compensation survey, how should I report base pay for my jobs data? Can I report non-exempt employees using hourly pay information?
Base pay should be reported as an annualized salary in the format of a whole number, (i.e. $64,500 rather than 64.5) for both exempt and non-exempt employees. Hourly wages should be converted to an annualized salary as if the position is full time, even if the position is employed only part time.