Compensation Surveys

U.S. Salary Increase Survey

Manage fixed compensation costs and get salary increase information for executive, salaried exempt, salaried nonexempt, nonunion hourly and union U.S. employees. Results provide information on U.S. pay and other related trends and practices useful for overall salary planning. This survey can also position you ahead of your competition by providing current actual 2018 and projected salary increases for 2019.

Answers to the following questions, and many more, will be found in the U.S. results:

  • What are organizations projecting for 2019 salary budgets?
  • How much are companies planning to budget for variable pay in 2019?
  • What compensation cost-saving measures are being used?

You can use this information to help your organization make informed decisions on salary increases and variable pay awards. The survey also includes a special section with insights on broadbanding, pay delivery and cost-reduction approaches.


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Survey Overview

Type of Data Collected

  • Overall salary increase budget
  • Merit increase budget
  • General salary increase budget
  • Actual merit increases granted
  • Salary structure increase
  • Turnover
  • Types of variable pay and variable pay spend
  • Pay-for-performance



  • Budget reported by industry and region for all employee groups
  • Turnover results by industry
  • Prevalence of pay-for-performance, attraction, and retention tools
  • Prevalence of variable pay plans and variable pay spend


How Collected Data is Reported

  • Downloadable in PDF formats
  • Special cuts and analysis available upon request

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