2021 Compensation Survey Results Available

The Municipal Association of SC online compensation survey gives cities and towns an easy way to compare their employee pay with pay from other cities around the state. With this tool, municipal leaders can save time when researching pay data while making decisions on how to competitively set their compensation levels. 

The results of the 2021 survey are now available online. The survey data allows for searches to generate specific reports. For example, users can create reports for municipalities of a particular population range or specific job positions. Reports can also include the number of full-time employees or the annual payroll of a particular city or town. Other search functions include salary ranges, merit raise minimums or maximums, or the range of a cost-of-living adjustment. Users can also export all of the compensation survey data into Excel spreadsheets and they can download the entire compensation survey report as a PDF. 

Responding to the survey is voluntary for municipalities, but higher response rates increase the usefulness of the data. The Association requests survey participation from cities and towns at the beginning of each year.  

Find the survey here. For more information, contact Sara Whitaker at or 803.933.1240.