Below is a high-level look at national total salary budget increases from the 2009-10 survey, which closed in early May 2009. All data in this summary is reported in averages (means) and zero-percent responses are included. Additional industry and geographic breakout information that can be customized in countless ways is included in the new online data reporting tool, SBS Online, which will be available with the full survey results in early August. Please note: No portion of this communication may be reproduced or redistributed in any form without written permission from WorldatWork.

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This year, the Salary Budget Survey received 2,644 submissions from the United States and 208 from Canada.

 

 

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Total Salary Budget Increases, by Employee Category

  Actual
2008
Projected
2009
Actual
2009
Projected
2010
Nonexempt Hourly Nonunion 3.8% 3.8% 2.3% 2.8%
Nonexempt Salaried 3.8% 3.8% 2.1% 2.8%
Exempt Salaried 3.9% 3.9% 2.2% 2.8%
Officers/Executives 4.0% 4.0% 2.0%

2.8%




Total Salary Budget Increases, by State
  Actual
2009
Projected 2010
Alabama 2.1% 2.9%
Alaska 1.9% 2.9%
Arizona 1.9% 2.9%
Arkansas 2.0% 3.0%
California 2.0% 2.9%
Colorado 2.0% 2.9%
Connecticut 1.9% 2.9%
Delaware 1.9% 2.8%
Florida 2.0% 2.8%
Georgia 2.0% 2.9%
Hawaii 1.9% 3.0%
Idaho 2.0% 2.9%
Illinois 1.9% 2.9%
Indiana 1.9% 2.8%
Iowa 2.0% 2.8%
Kansas 2.0% 2.9%
Kentucky 1.9% 2.8%
Louisiana 2.2% 3.0%
Maine 1.9% 3.0%
Maryland 2.1% 2.9%
Massachusetts 1.9% 2.9%
Michigan 1.8% 2.8%
Minnesota 1.9% 2.8%
Mississippi 2.0% 3.0%
Missouri 2.1% 2.9%
  Actual
2009
Projected 2010
Montana 2.0% 2.7%
Nebraska 2.1% 2.9%
Nevada 1.9% 2.9%
New Hampshire 1.9% 2.9%
New Jersey 2.0% 2.9%
New Mexico 2.0% 2.9%
New York 1.9% 2.9%
North Carolina 1.9% 2.8%
North Dakota 2.1% 2.8%
Ohio 1.9% 2.8%
Oklahoma 2.0% 2.9%
Oregon 1.9% 2.9%
Pennsylvania 2.0% 2.9%
Rhode Island 2.0% 2.9%
South Carolina 1.9% 2.9%
South Dakota 2.0% 2.8%
Tennessee 1.9% 2.9%
Texas 2.1% 2.9%
Utah 2.0% 2.8%
Vermont 2.0% 2.9%
Virginia 2.0% 2.9%
Washington 2.1% 2.9%
West Virginia 2.1% 3.0%
Wisconsin 1.9% 2.8%
Wyoming 1.9% 2.8%



Total Salary Budget Increases, by Major Metropolitan Area  
  Actual
2009
Projected 2010
Atlanta 1.8% 2.8%
Baltimore 1.9% 2.8%
Boston 1.9% 2.9%
Chicago 1.8% 2.8%
Cincinnati 1.9% 2.8%
Cleveland 1.7% 2.9%
Dallas 1.8% 2.9%
Denver 1.9% 2.9%
Detroit 1.6% 2.8%
Houston 1.9% 2.9%
Los Angeles 1.9% 2.9%
Miami 1.7% 2.8%
Minneapolis 1.8% 2.8%
New York 1.9% 2.8%
Philadelphia 2.0% 2.9%
Phoenix 1.8% 2.8%
Pittsburgh 1.9% 2.9%
Portland 2.0% 2.9%
San Diego 1.9% 2.9%
San Francisco 1.8% 2.8%
San Jose 1.6% 2.7%
Seattle 1.9% 2.8%
St. Louis 1.9% 2.8%
Tampa 2.0% 2.8%
Washington, D.C. 2.2% 3.0%



Merit Increases Awarded, by Performance Category


*Because respondents were asked to share data for low performers receiving a merit increase separate from those not receiving an increase, this figure does not include zero-percent responses. It is likely that the average for low performers would be slightly lower if all data for low performers was calculated together, including zero-percent responses.
  High
Performers
Middle Performers Low Performers Receiving a Merit Increase Low Performers Receiving No Merit Increase
Percentage of employees rated in this category for 2008 23% 67% 8% 3%
Average merit increase awarded to this 2008 performance category 4.5% 3.1% 2.0%*
 
Percentage of employees estimated to be rated in this category for 2009 22% 67% 7% 4%
Average merit increase estimated for this 2009 performance category 3.4% 2.3% 1.7%*



Salary Structure Increases, by Employee Category

  Actual
2008
Projected
2009
Actual
2009
Projected
2010
Nonexempt Hourly Nonunion 2.5% 2.6% 1.5% 1.8%
Nonexempt Salaried 2.5% 2.7% 1.5% 1.8%
Exempt Salaried 2.5% 2.7% 1.5% 1.8%
Officers/Executives 2.6% 2.8% 1.4% 1.8%



Variable Pay Programs, by Employee Category

 
  Nonexempt Hourly Nonunion Nonexempt Salaried Exempt Salaried Officers/
Executives
2008
2008 average % budgeted 5.4% 5.8% 12.4% 34.6%
2008 average % paid 5.0% 5.4% 11.7% 32.8%
% of employees eligible in 2008 
for variable pay
89% 91% 81% 94%
% of eligible employees actually paid variable pay for 2008 80% 79% 76% 84%
2009
2009 average % budgeted 5.0% 5.1% 11.5% 31.8%
2009 projected % paid 4.3% 4.6% 10.5% 29.0%

2010
2010 projected % budgeted 5.1% 5.4% 12.0% 33.5%



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Total Salary Budget Increases, by Employee Category

  Actual
2008
Projected
2009
Actual
2009
Projected
2010
Nonmanagement Hourly Nonunion 3.8% 3.7% 2.5% 2.7%
Nonmanagement Salaried 3.8% 3.9% 2.5% 2.7%
Management Salaried 3.9% 3.9% 2.4% 2.8%
Officers/Executives 3.9% 4.0% 2.2% 2.7%



Total Salary Budget Increases, by Major Metropolitan Area

  Actual
2009
Projected
2010
Calgary 2.1% 2.4%
Edmonton 2.1% 2.5%
Hamilton 2.1% 2.3%
Montreal 1.9% 2.4%
Ottawa 2.0% 2.4%
Quebec 1.9% 2.4%
Toronto 2.0% 2.4%
Vancouver 2.1% 2.3%
Winnipeg 2.1% 2.3%



Merit Increases Awarded, by Performance Category


*Because respondents were asked to share data for low performers receiving a merit increase separate from those not receiving an increase, this figure does not include zero-percent responses. It is likely that the average for low performers would be slightly lower if all data for low performers was calculated together, including zero-percent responses.
  High
Performers
Middle Performers Low Performers Receiving a Merit Increase Low Performers Receiving No Merit Increase
Percentage of employees rated in this category for 2008 22% 66% 8% 4%
Average merit increase awarded to this 2008 performance category 4.2% 2.9% 2.0%
 
Percentage of employees estimated to be rated in this category for 2009 22% 68% 8% 4%
Average merit increase estimated for this 2009 performance category 3.5% 2.3% 1.6%


Salary Structure Increases, by Employee Category

  Actual
2008
Projected
2009
Actual
2009
Projected
2010
Nonmanagement Hourly Nonunion 2.7% 2.4% 1.9% 1.9%
Nonmanagement Salaried 2.5% 2.5% 1.7% 1.8%
Management Salaried 2.6% 2.6% 1.7% 1.8%
Officers/Executives 2.5% 2.5% 1.7% 1.8%


Variable Pay Programs, by Employee Category

 
  Non-
Management Hourly Nonunion
Non-
Management Salaried
Management
Salaried
Officers/
Executives
2008
2008 average % budgeted 5.6% 7.7% 14.4% 32.4%
2008 average % paid 5.4% 7.4% 13.7% 34.4%
% of employees eligible in 2008
for variable pay
92% 92% 89% 95%
% of eligible employees actually paid variable pay for 2008 76% 78% 80% 84%
2009
2009 average % budgeted 5.0% 7.6% 13.2% 29.6%
2009 projected % paid 4.5% 7.3% 12.8% 30.0%

2010
2010 projected % budgeted 5.4% 7.7% 14.2% 30.1%


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