MORPC's salary survey consists of data from member governments on various positions and descriptions. Wage and salary surveys provide a valuable tool for use in determining how organizations’ pay structure relates to those in a given area. However, survey users should not attempt to use the recorded measures of central tendency (averages, etc.) as absolute compensation standards. Care, therefore, should be exercised in utilizing survey data and specific results should be examined in the context of overall survey findings and the general economic situation prevailing at the time of the survey.