Survey Reports Salary Budget Increases in 2005

August 1, 2005 ( - The annual WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey reports an actual average salary budget increase of 3.7% in 2005, meeting projections of last year's survey.

According to a WorldatWork press release, salary increase budgets reached historic lows in 2003 and remained constant in 2004. In the 2005 survey companies project an increase of 3.8% in 2006.

In addition, companies reported that 92% of workers will get a base pay increase in 2005, up from 87% in 2004. The survey reports on general increases, merit increases, and cost of living increases, and excludes promotional increases.

The survey also showed 76% of companies are offering formal variable pay programs this year, a 1% decrease from last year, according to the release.

The annual survey was from 2.483 participants from America’s largest corporations representing 13.9 million employees.

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