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Salary Increase Projections 2019

Salary-increase budgets for U.S. employers next year are projected to grow by just 0.1 percent above the actual average budget increase for 2018, confirming that wage growth remains surprisingly stagnant despite record low unemployment.

U.S. salary budgets are projected to rise by an average of 3.2 percent in 2019, up from an actual year-over-year increase of 3.1 percent for 2018, according to the WorldatWork 2018-2019 Salary Budget Survey: Top-Level Results, released on July 10.

"Expectations for growth in U.S. salary budget increases have been mounting for many months," said Alison Avalos, research director at WorldatWork, an association of total rewards professionals. "However, despite significant tax-reform changes and a tight labor market, the one-tenth of a percentage point movement isn't the growth that was anticipated. This year's survey data gives us little reason to think that U.S. organizations intend to significantly invest more dollars into salary increases for 2019."

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2019 Forecasts Available

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U.S. Salary Increase Survey
Press release Total Cash Compensation for U.S. Employees Projected to Decrease in 2019
Aon | Sep 2018

Annual Salary Budget Planning Survey
2018-2019 Annual Salary Budget Planning Survey
Compensation Resources, Inc. | Aug 2018

U.S. Salary Increase Budgets
The 2019 projected total median increase in budgets across all employee categories and industries remains at 3 percent overall.
US Salary Increase Budgets for 2019
The Conference Board | Jul 2018

Salary Budget & Compensation Planning Survey
2018-2019 Salary Budget Survey
Culpepper | Sep 2018

Planning Global Compensation Budgets
Planning Global Compensation Budgets for 2019
Economic Research Institute | Aug 2018

Policies Practices and Merit Survey
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2018 Policies Practices & Merit Survey
Empsight International | Aug 2018

U.S. Pay Database
U.S. employees can expect to see a 3 percent median base salary increase in 2019.
Press Release: Not Budging: 2019 Forecasted Base Salary Increases Stay at 3 Percent
Korn Ferry (formerly Hay Group) | Aug 2018

US Compensation Planning Survey
Average salary increase budgets are projected to be 2.9% for 2019.
Survey Report  2018/2019 US Compensation Planning Survey
Press Release Key Findings: Mercer’s 2018/2019 US Compensation Planning Survey
Mercer | Aug 2018

Salary Budget Survey
Podcast and download form: Salary Budget Survey 2018/2019
Payfactors | Oct 2018

Salary Guides
Robert Half 2019 Salary Guides Finds 46 Percent Of Workers Feel Shortchanged
Robert Half | Aug 2018

National Salary Budget
Annual salary increase budgets are expected to remain flat at 3% for the upcoming year.
2018-2019 National Salary Budget | Aug 2018

Salary Budgets Survey
U.S. employers project to give average pay increases of 3.0% -3.1% in 2019.
Survey Report 2018 General Industry Salary Budget Survey - U.S.
Press Release  U.S. employees in line for slightly larger pay raises in 2019
Willis Towers Watson | Aug 2018

Salary Budget Survey
U.S. salary budgets are projected to reach 3.2% in 2019.
Salary Budget Increases Inch Upward; 2019 Budgets Remain Modest
WorldatWork | Jul 2018

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