Pay Differential Survey

Published: October 2017 Scope: Northeast Ohio Participants: 67

This survey reports on common pay differentials from Northeast Ohio employers for hourly employees, including shift differentials, lead premiums, overtime, and on-call pay practices.


This report summarizes the results of ERC’s survey of organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in the summer of 2017, on practices related to pay differentials.

The survey reports trends in:

  • Shift differentials
  • Overtime practices
  • On-call pay

Participants report that second and third shift work (both weekday and weekend) are the most common shifts to be paid a differential. Double shifts and holiday shifts are rarely paid a differential, most likely because the employers in the survey sample simply do not run shifts during those times, not because employers don’t place a premium on work performed during those hours.

The most common type of shift differential paid by employers is a flat premium per hour.

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