Introduction

Thank you for agreeing to complete the 2018 SDA Salary and Compensation Survey. For most of you, this survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. It will take slightly longer to complete for multi-disciplinary firms.

You will be able to complete part of the survey and return to finish it at a later time. Your results will be saved at the point of partial completion, and the survey will pick up at the point where you left off.

PLEASE NOTE: The final date that you can participate in the completion of the 2018 SDA Salary and Compensation Survey will be January 31, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

As a thank you for participating in the completion of the survey, you will be able to purchase the survey for a discount of 50% off the regular price of $200. If you are interested in purchasing the final benchmarking results, please complete the Participants Order Form at the end of the questionnaire. Please note that the results will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the form.

Note: The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Based on the participation that we obtain from various design firms, SDA Canada hopes to produce this survey on an annual basis so our design firms can have the latest up-to-date benchmarking information.

IMPORTANT:
Please read the information below before you complete the survey:
  • All information provided should be as of September 30, 2018
  • Please include only full-time employees
  • Most of your firms will employ Administrative and Technical staff, so be sure to provide information for those positions, in addition to other positions.
  • Annual base salary ranges for full-time employees will be requested.
  • If your firm has more than one office location in Canada, please include full-time employees from all locations.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact salarysurvey@sdacanada.com

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* 1. What are the first three digits of the postal code for your business address? Note - If your firm has more than one location, provide the postal code for your Head Office.

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* 2. Does your firm have more than one office location? If yes, please list the first three digits of the postal code for the various locations (e.g. VKS, A1A, G1B).

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* 3. Are salary levels comparable in the various office locations?

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* 4. Which of the following provinces/territories does your firm hold a license to practice? Check all that apply.

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* 5. What are your firm's projected, net annual billings for 2018 (excluding external consultants and disbursements)?

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* 6. Are you a sole practitioner, that is a self employed professional?

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* 7. As a sole practitioner, do you have any full time employees?

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* 8. How many hours comprise your firm's standard office work week?

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* 9. What is the standard company policy with respect to vacation entitlement for each of the following years of service?

  2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks or more N/A
1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
10 years
15 years
20 years
25 years

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* 10. What is the standard company policy with respect to annual maximum number of paid personal days for circumstances such as personal illness, family emergencies, etc.?

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* 11. Identify the benefits that are offered by your firm and their method of payment. Check all that apply.

  100% paid for by Employer 100% paid for by Employee Employee/Employer pays part Not Offered
Life Insurance
Short Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Disability Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Care
Medical and Extended Health and Drugs

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* 12. Which of the following pension plan does your firm provide? Check all that apply.

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* 13. Which of the following HR development opportunities does your firm provide either in the form of paid time off, fee reimbursement or both? Choose one for each.

  Fee reimbursement Paid time off to attend Both fee reimbursement and paid time off to attend  Not offered
Lunch-n-Learns
Mandatory continuing education activities
Admission course (e.g. intern architect admission course)
Registration/licensing exams
Conferences and seminars
Non-mandatory professional development activities
Licensing exam (e.g. ExAC, P. Eng, etc.)
Health and Safety Training (e.g. Working at Heights, Fall Protection, CRP Training, WHMIS, Joint Health and Safety Certification)

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* 14. What other benefits are provided by your firm? 

  Offered to Owner, Principal, Partners only Offered to senior employees only Offered to certain employees Offered to all employees Not offered at all
Car/mileage allowance
Daily/Weekly/Monthly Parking
Cell Phone
Internet access at home
Home computer/laptop
Payment for separate telephone line in employee residence
Refreshments such as coffee/tea/juice/water in office
Summer hours (summer months only)
Year-round summer hours
Paid days off at Christmas (not part of vacation entitlement)
Christmas/Holiday party
Staff appreciation days (e.g. birthdays, golf days,)
Gym Membership
Friday Socials (e.g. beer, wine, chips, etc)
Tools of the Trade expenses (e.g. work boots, hard hat, safety glasses, safety vests etc.)
Other social events
Reimbursement for meals while on site/business trip, per diem.
Public Transit Pass (e.g. TTC)

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* 15. Does your firm offer company-provided vehicles for work travel? If Yes, please specify the total number of vehicles owned by your company.

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* 16. To whom are company vehicles offered to? Check all that apply.

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* 17. What travel programs does your firm offer for business related travel? Check all that apply.

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* 18. How does your firm recruit and hire new staff? Check all that apply.

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* 19. Which of the following professional associations is your firm a member of (or have staff that are members of)? Check all that apply for the various disciplines.

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