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Industry Data

Credible salary and people practices data for Canada’s tech sector

Good data is critical for making good decisions. TAP Network partners with Mercer to produce an annual salary and total rewards survey focused on the Canadian tech sector, reporting on local and national salaries, total compensation, detailed policy data, and more.

Attraction and retention have never been more important for tech employers, and the job market for tech talent has never been more competitive, complicated, or geographically dispersed.

Employees and candidates have high expectations for competitive pay and comprehensive rewards packages. The most successful pay strategies are built on credible data and aligned with business strategies.

For over 25 years, TAP Network’s Tech Sector Salary and Total Rewards Survey has been the definitive resource for tech sector salaries in BC. In 2020, our survey expanded geographically, and now includes compensation data from across Canada. Our survey is published in early September each year, reporting data provided by TAP Network member companies, and validated by Mercer.

Our 2022 Tech Sector Salary and Total Rewards Survey includes data on more than 30,000 incumbents, across 227 jobs, supplied by 216 technology companies operating in Canada. In addition to salary and total compensation data, our survey provides comprehensive reporting on employment practices such as salary increase budgets, overtime, remote work, vacation and PTO, turnover statistics, perks and more. Survey participants include startups, scale ups, and large multinationals. Click here for our 2022 participant list

Our job library includes software development, DevOps, data science, machine learning, QA, software testing, UX, product management, hardware design, production, lab technicians, biologists, and more. In addition, the library includes almost 60 roles within VFX and Interactive and Digital Entertainment, such as animation, lighting, matte, modeling, concept art, game design, level design, art direction and more. Also included are non-technical job families, such as executive leadership, sales, marketing, people and culture, finance, legal, and more. 

Click here to view a complete job listing

Compensation data is reported using both incumbent weighted and organization weighted totals. Elements include:

  • Base salary
  • Short term incentive – target and actual
  • Sales incentive – target and actual
  • Long term incentive – eligibility and value
  • Total Cash Compensation – target and actual
  • Overtime pay
  • On call pay

Our Tech Sector Salary and Total Rewards Survey provides reporting by organization size, annual revenue, geographic location and subsector.

Regional data cuts are included for:

  • Toronto
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Alberta
  • Vancouver
  • Vancouver Island

Subsectors represented in our survey include:

  • Software Products and Services
  • Fintech
  • e-Commerce
  • Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Machine Learning and Robotics
  • Quantum Computing
  • Hardware Design, Development, Manufacturing
  • Technology / Engineering Services and Consulting
  • Clean Tech
  • AgTech
  • Interactive and Digital Entertainment
  • VFX, Animation
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare Tech

Companies that participate in our survey have access to Mercer WIN, an online reporting tool that allows participants to create custom reports, including roll ups, applying aging factors, creating custom cuts against peer comparators, and much more. 

Participating companies also receive access to in-depth analysis of Canadian tech sector compensation and total rewards trends by Mercer compensation experts, covering topics such as pay equity, salary movement by sub-sector, year over year increases for hot jobs, total cash compensation, geographic differentials, executive total compensation, remote work and more.

The 2022 survey purchase price for non-participants is $2495 +GST.

Member participants receive a 60-70% discount off the non-participant rate! Sign up for membership before April 1st, 2023 to participate in our 2023 survey cycle.

Click here for a graphical summary of the 2022 Tech Salary Survey, with sample output of the compensation data and the table of contents for the policies and practices section of our survey.

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