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Title: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: monstermonster on March 08, 2016, 09:28:32 AM
My SO is looking around for a new gig right now, but he has an insanely cushy job at BigTechCorp. The "standard" annual raise is 6% across the organization. Meanwhile, 2% is if you're not doing a good job. In a recent lean year, the raises were 4%.

I don't think this is normal and have tried to tell him not to expect this in a compensation package. But at my small organization, the across-the-board raise was a .75% cost of living increase, which got cut when the budget didn't balance. I realize maybe there's a middle ground.

So can you tell me your industry, organization size, and (if any) what raise is a "standard" raise at your organization? I'm very curious.
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Post by: sol on March 08, 2016, 09:32:44 AM
Fed, 0%.  Thanks Congress!
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Post by: Vanguards and Lentils on March 08, 2016, 09:36:19 AM
Roughly 3%, for cost-of-living, at a large public university.
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Post by: TheOldestYoungMan on March 08, 2016, 09:38:33 AM
3% at a state job.  It'll be a pool for each manager, if he wants to give someone more he can, it just has to come out of the other's.  So when you get less than 3, it's like, who took my 3, and when you get more it's like, suck it suckah!  The pool size varies each year, sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes nothing.
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Post by: cats on March 08, 2016, 09:48:43 AM
I have a union job, our contract negotiates cost of living increases in 3-4 yr chunks, it is typically 2.5-3.5%.  If you are below the top of your pay band you also get a 5% increase, until you hit the top, at which point you just get the COL.

I have mixed feelings about this setup.  It was nice my first couple of years when I was still learning the ropes, now I sort of feel like I'd prefer to make a case for my own raise...I guess I am doing this by making a case for a promotion that would move me into a higher pay band...
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Post by: GrowingTheGreen on March 08, 2016, 09:50:20 AM
3%
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Post by: Kris on March 08, 2016, 09:50:37 AM
My husband: corporate, 2%

Me: University of Wisconsin, 0%.  Haven't had a raise of any kind, cost of living or not, in six years.
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Post by: FIREdancer on March 08, 2016, 09:57:11 AM
1% every other year at a large public university. And no merit raises in my department due to budget.
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Post by: MrsDinero on March 08, 2016, 10:02:24 AM
Small, private tech company.  0-3% depending on how well we are doing, same with bonuses.

When I worked for a big tech company I would get a 3-6% raise based on performance eval + $10k+ in bonus every year. 
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Post by: Philociraptor on March 08, 2016, 10:09:48 AM
0%. No standard raises, no annual reviews, no focus on personal growth. Privately owned manufacturer.
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Post by: chemistk on March 08, 2016, 10:10:43 AM
I work for a large company and it all depends on performance. It can be anywhere from 0% to 6% depending on how well you did in the previous year, though the average seems to be between 2%-4% depending on the company's performance. Mine was 2.5%.
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Post by: Petuniajo on March 08, 2016, 10:13:27 AM
No standard raises at my large public university. However, each year we are eligible for merit pay raises IF the state/university has the money. It seems so far, that when merit pay raises are awarded, they tend to be between 1-5% depending on performance and funds available.
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on March 08, 2016, 10:19:15 AM
2.5% for a city government position.  COLAs haven't been a thing since the recession.  And if you get a poor performance evaluation, you don't get the 2.5%. 
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Post by: JZinCO on March 08, 2016, 10:28:58 AM
1% across the board at an r1 university, 1% merit pay. Those in the 4th quartile of pay received no pay raise but a bonus instead.
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Post by: notactiveanymore on March 08, 2016, 10:32:07 AM
We get a COLA around 2.1% each year. Then there is a pot of money the President divides as he sees fit. Most of it goes to moving people to their midpoint salary within 5 years. But most of us are misclassified anyway, so we're starting a job description and salary study this year.
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Post by: Sailor Sam on March 08, 2016, 10:41:47 AM
The military has been getting a 1-3% COLA since I joined in 2005. We also get longevity raises every 2 years. Otherwise, raises are matched to promotions.
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Post by: Dee18 on March 08, 2016, 10:43:49 AM
Large private university: 1%, some years 0%.
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Post by: norabird on March 08, 2016, 10:49:20 AM
Large company, 2% is supposed to be the ceiling but this is performance dependant.
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Post by: Nola584 on March 08, 2016, 10:56:33 AM
Mid size company in chemical industry.

"Standard" raises are around 3%, but they're solely tied to performance. So a solid performer will likely get 3%, the exceptional few may get a few % more, and those with performance issues may get nothing. No additional COL adjustment. Extra raises only when promoted.
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Post by: Enough on March 08, 2016, 11:02:32 AM
Prior medium cap chemical co: 1-5% personal performance dependent
Current large cap chemical co: 0-2% company performance dependent (0% last year, 1.25% this year).
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Post by: mak1277 on March 08, 2016, 11:07:12 AM
2.5% for the current year.  For our company, each department is given a pool of money equal to 2.5% of the current salaries.  The department head is allowed to spread that around to his team as he sees fit, so some people get more than 2.5% and others less.
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Post by: aprilchem on March 08, 2016, 11:14:52 AM
I'm at a small, liberal-arts college.  Our raises for the past five years have been:

2010:  0%
2011: 0%
2012: 1%
2013: 0%
2014: 8%
2015: 2%

The 2014 number was to try to "catch us up" to our comparable institutions, since we were losing a lot of good faculty members by that time. 
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Post by: SKL-HOU on March 08, 2016, 11:16:15 AM
I work for a huge engineering/architecture company with offices worldwide. They give the managers 1.5% for everyone to distribute as he sees fit.
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Post by: NYCWife on March 08, 2016, 11:20:25 AM
When I worked at a large for-profit corporation (publisher) = 1-1.5% annually, regardless of performance. One year it was .5%.

Now that I'm at a smallish non-profit = 1.5-2% annually, plus an increase in 401K matching each year (up to 50% match by year 5)
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Post by: Fishindude on March 08, 2016, 11:27:18 AM
No such thing as standard.  Might be 2-4% for reliable folks doing their job day to day, but not doing anything special.   Nothing for sub par performers.  Could be significant for top performers.   If we had a crap year, maybe nothing for anyone.

It's market and performance driven, as it should be.
I never liked the idea of expected annual percentage pay raises.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: acroy on March 08, 2016, 11:30:02 AM
Medium size, food industry
Annual raises based on performance and where you are in the 'salary range'. There is no set amount.
That said, 'normal' is 2-5%.
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Post by: thek1d on March 08, 2016, 11:32:25 AM
Upstream oil & gas MLP, no raise this year, but haven't been laid off yet!
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Post by: golden1 on March 08, 2016, 11:33:53 AM
2-4% based on performance.  Poor performers get 2%.  Good performers 4%.  Apparently they used to give much bigger raises here, but then they capped them at 4% in a lean year and never looked back. 
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Post by: onlykelsey on March 08, 2016, 11:36:47 AM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.
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Post by: MsPeacock on March 08, 2016, 12:07:08 PM
Fed, 0%.  Thanks Congress!

Yep. Sometimes it is like 1%.  No performance based raises either, for the most part.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: mm1970 on March 08, 2016, 12:16:41 PM
My SO is looking around for a new gig right now, but he has an insanely cushy job at BigTechCorp. The "standard" annual raise is 6% across the organization. Meanwhile, 2% is if you're not doing a good job. In a recent lean year, the raises were 4%.

I don't think this is normal and have tried to tell him not to expect this in a compensation package. But at my small organization, the across-the-board raise was a .75% cost of living increase, which got cut when the budget didn't balance. I realize maybe there's a middle ground.

So can you tell me your industry, organization size, and (if any) what raise is a "standard" raise at your organization? I'm very curious.
From 2011 to 2015, got nothing.  Zip, zero, nada.

Jan 2016 I got 4+ %.  Now I'm only $30k a year underpaid!
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: monstermonster on March 08, 2016, 12:22:05 PM
My SO is looking around for a new gig right now, but he has an insanely cushy job at BigTechCorp. The "standard" annual raise is 6% across the organization. Meanwhile, 2% is if you're not doing a good job. In a recent lean year, the raises were 4%.

I don't think this is normal and have tried to tell him not to expect this in a compensation package. But at my small organization, the across-the-board raise was a .75% cost of living increase, which got cut when the budget didn't balance. I realize maybe there's a middle ground.

So can you tell me your industry, organization size, and (if any) what raise is a "standard" raise at your organization? I'm very curious.
From 2011 to 2015, got nothing.  Zip, zero, nada.

Jan 2016 I got 4+ %.  Now I'm only $30k a year underpaid!
What industry are you in where $30K is a possible amount to be underpaid? (Also, oof, sorry to hear that)

(Asking as someone whose org's median income is $28K)
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: mm1970 on March 08, 2016, 12:27:42 PM
My SO is looking around for a new gig right now, but he has an insanely cushy job at BigTechCorp. The "standard" annual raise is 6% across the organization. Meanwhile, 2% is if you're not doing a good job. In a recent lean year, the raises were 4%.

I don't think this is normal and have tried to tell him not to expect this in a compensation package. But at my small organization, the across-the-board raise was a .75% cost of living increase, which got cut when the budget didn't balance. I realize maybe there's a middle ground.

So can you tell me your industry, organization size, and (if any) what raise is a "standard" raise at your organization? I'm very curious.
From 2011 to 2015, got nothing.  Zip, zero, nada.

Jan 2016 I got 4+ %.  Now I'm only $30k a year underpaid!
What industry are you in where $30K is a possible amount to be underpaid? (Also, oof, sorry to hear that)

(Asking as someone whose org's median income is $28K)
Engineering, semiconductors.

That's the amount I make less than the median at my level.
Of course, compared to the median female pay at my level, I'm only about $18k underpaid.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Gone Fishing on March 08, 2016, 01:01:47 PM
Around 2%/yr at Megacorp, though bonuses have crept up faster, maybe worth another 2% of base salary.  Someone told me they were moving towards making more of our compensation bonus based because there are a % of people who won't collect because they leave and it can be adjusted quickly if times get tight. Makes perfect sense from a management perspective. 
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Post by: NoStacheOhio on March 08, 2016, 01:02:48 PM
Major teaching/research hospital.

No COLA at all.

We get annual "merit increases" that range from 0-2%, and managers sometimes have discretionary allocations for people who are on the low end of their pay grade.

Everything subject to the whims of your immediate supervisor.

There are rumblings of a major one-time increase because our salaries are starting to lag overall, but I haven't seen it.
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Post by: justplucky on March 08, 2016, 01:10:55 PM
2-4% a year at a Big Tech company.
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Post by: Pooperman on March 08, 2016, 01:32:05 PM
2014: 8% (boutique-sized firm)
2015: 2.05...% (would have been 3.5% if I had been around the whole year... small corp)
2016: 1%? (not sure yet, but heard stories... small corp that bought the other small corp)
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Post by: katsiki on March 08, 2016, 01:45:18 PM
2-3% regardless of performance or merit the past 2 years.
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Post by: marty998 on March 08, 2016, 02:05:04 PM
Standard is around inflation + .5%, but it's really dependant on performance and where you sit in the salary range for that job.

Bonuses tend to adjust compensation levels to ensure high performers are not disadvantaged if they happen to sit on the low end of the scale.
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Post by: Guesl982374 on March 08, 2016, 02:59:53 PM
2.5% across the board regardless of performance. It's pretty motivating (rolls eyes).
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Post by: DebtFreeBy25 on March 08, 2016, 03:10:43 PM
Mid-size professional services firm in 2015- 0-2% "merit increase" (I got 1.5%.)
Large consumer services corporation in 2014- No raises whatsoever. (This is typical for sales positions.)
Large international union 2012-2013- Step increases at regular intervals, annual COLA increase (~2.5%)
Federal government 2012- Nothing
Federal government 2011- Nothing
Federal government 2010- COLA (~3%)
Federal government 2009- COLA (~3%)
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Post by: dabears847 on March 08, 2016, 04:45:53 PM
3% Company Wide, with fluctuation based on performance. I'd say jump ship for the big raises every 4-5 years, more than that can hurt ones resume.

Bank

10 Billion
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Post by: spokey doke on March 08, 2016, 05:38:20 PM
Fed State, 0%.  Thanks Congress Legislature!
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Post by: Elle 8 on March 08, 2016, 05:43:28 PM
2% at a large health care organization.  Been this for years, not only for my current organization but other hospitals earlier in my career too.
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Post by: bacchi on March 08, 2016, 07:44:59 PM
Raise? Hahahaha.
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Post by: totesmahgoats on March 08, 2016, 08:04:45 PM
1%, Public University
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Post by: Rural on March 08, 2016, 08:20:05 PM
 Public university, 0% annually since 2008. But the healthcare keeps going up, and for that matter so do mandatory pension contributions,  though not any of the pension benefits.


 That's 0% cost-of-living and 0% merit with the exception of 2014, when there was 1.5% available as merit raises, not to be given out across the board but to the top 10%, I think it was.
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Post by: Prepube on March 08, 2016, 08:44:21 PM
I own a small company that provides consulting and educational services.  This year I had to let four people go, of the remaining 12, one got 10%, three got 3%, 4 remained the same, 2 got pay cuts, and the last two were reclassified to hourly positions that worked out to a 3% raise for one, and a 5% cut for the other.  My partner and I cut ourselves first, then built the year's budget around that.  We are funded by public agencies.
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Post by: meyling on March 08, 2016, 08:59:41 PM
I don't think my company has a standard raise. Personal performance is really important. After my first year my raise was about 17%. Though I think they like to think of it more in terms of dollar amounts than percentages.

I work for a software development company.
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Post by: minority_finance_mo on March 08, 2016, 09:11:31 PM
Maybe it's just because I'm early on in my career, but 0-2% raises seem insane to me. I feel like I would be more insulted than anything if an employer told me I am only a few hundred dollars more valuable to them after a year's worth of experience.
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Post by: NoStacheOhio on March 09, 2016, 06:11:03 AM
Maybe it's just because I'm early on in my career, but 0-2% raises seem insane to me. I feel like I would be more insulted than anything if an employer told me I am only a few hundred dollars more valuable to them after a year's worth of experience.

I had to bite my tongue one year with a 0.75% merit increase. It very much felt like a, "no, you keep this" kind of situation.
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Post by: I'm a red panda on March 09, 2016, 06:32:59 AM
1.5% merit raise for an exceeds expectations performance review. 1% for meets expectations.
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Post by: 2Birds1Stone on March 09, 2016, 06:52:02 AM
0% in sales I make my own raises =D
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Post by: caracarn on March 09, 2016, 06:54:57 AM
2-3% at a manufacturing company.  This is for office and plant.
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Post by: rubybeth on March 09, 2016, 06:58:49 AM
County funded public library. When we had pay steps, it was around 4% for my range (professional level librarian) and they would do COLA adjustments to the steps each year, but of course the steps got frozen during the recession. Then, they moved to a range system, and we've gotten .5 or 1% 'raises' but I put that in quotes, because that hardly keeps up with inflation, let alone COLA. We're lucky if our overall budget sees a 2% increase these days.
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Post by: catccc on March 09, 2016, 07:05:39 AM
Pretty standard 3% here.  A non-profit, but not the charitable variety, it's an organization that issues a professional certification.
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Post by: MsSindy on March 09, 2016, 07:08:50 AM
~2-3% per year, but it depends on where you are in your band.  Apparently, I'm in the 75% pay range of my band, so my increases are on the lower side...but hey, I'll take being paid on the high side of the median for my peers.  Also, we have opportunity for 20% bonuses that have been paid out for the last 3 years I've been here - sometimes at 150% (i.e. 30% bonus).

This is big pharma.
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Post by: MsSindy on March 09, 2016, 07:10:02 AM
Pretty standard 3% here.  A non-profit, but not the charitable variety, it's an organization that issues a professional certification.

Let's see, SE PA, prof cert, non-profit....does it have to do with Project Management  ;)
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Post by: sjc0816 on March 09, 2016, 07:14:32 AM
DH's company (Fortune 500 Insurance Company, tech division) gives 0-3% annually but managers can distribute the percentages how they see fit across the team. DH received 3.2% this year and he was pretty happy with that (he is a top performer and they don't give merit based increases really). He's paid on the very high end of what most similar positions make already....so no complaints.  We will see next week if we see much of a change in pay after the increase in healthcare premiums.
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Post by: Gondolin on March 09, 2016, 09:39:28 AM
Defense Megacorp. Standard increase is 2-2.5%. Poor performers or people who are highly penetrated into their payband get less, high performers get more. 4% is the highest I've seen on an annual review increase.

That said, the whole process is very opaque. Much depends on the financial performance of the business unit and what your management had for breakfast that day.
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Post by: TheOldestYoungMan on March 09, 2016, 02:10:13 PM
Maybe it's just because I'm early on in my career, but 0-2% raises seem insane to me. I feel like I would be more insulted than anything if an employer told me I am only a few hundred dollars more valuable to them after a year's worth of experience.

It just depends.  If you worked for an architecture firm in 2009 and they just finished laying off 40% of the staff in the office, and you got to keep your job, then even a modest pay cut wouldn't seem so bad.  You are clearly valued and they are willing to take the risk of keeping you on payroll because they want you around.

Vs. a thriving business where everyone is getting 10% and you get 2%, that's a somewhat clear message that you aren't valued, but the place you work at isn't going to be unfair about it.

In the U.S. at least, you can always go find another job.  From management's perspective, until people start leaving specifically because of compensation, it's going to be how it is.  They don't know or care how much to pay you absent feedback from you, and too many of them react poorly to talking about compensation for there to be an honest dialogue, so often the only input they are getting is binary (they stayed, ergo I'm paying them too much/enough, or they left, ergo I wasn't paying enough).

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Post by: nobody123 on March 09, 2016, 02:23:03 PM
No standard per se, but it's a pool of money usually between 0 - 4% depending on business conditions that the VP gets to spread around the organization.  Even folks on performance improvement plans get something, and HR is so afraid of being sued you really have to justify taking too much from one person to give it to a more deserving person.  VP has to ask for more money if they want to promote someone or reward them with a bigger than "standard" raise. 

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Post by: Christof on March 09, 2016, 02:30:28 PM
Software business in Germany. For most of my employees it is 2% annually. I don't increase based on performance, because I can't reliable measure performance without unwanted side effects.
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Post by: turketron on March 09, 2016, 02:33:52 PM
I work for a bay area tech company, but I'm not sure what the "standard" is- in the nearly 3 years I've been here I've received two raises of 15% and 10%, but I was definitely a top performer so I don't know what the standard increase amount would be for a "middle of the road" employee.

Me: University of Wisconsin, 0%.  Haven't had a raise of any kind, cost of living or not, in six years.

As a Wisconsinite and someone who attended a UW System school for undergrad, this fucking sucks. I'm sorry.  =/

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Post by: MandyM on March 09, 2016, 03:05:43 PM
No real standard, but I generally see ~3-4% in my small office (part of 800 person engineering firm). I've seen as high as 10%, although that was for someone that was paid too little when they were hired. During lean years, office managers and above took 0%, and the rest of us still got 2-3%.

After reading through the other responses, I feel pretty good. I've always been pleased with my pay and raises; its not crazy high, but its fair and I get to see it increase each year. When there were raises that had to be cut, they started at the top. And to their credit - corporate wasn't making big announcements about their sacrifices.
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Post by: nvmama on March 09, 2016, 09:05:11 PM
I work for a large private non profit human service organization.   For years we got nothing.  No cola or performance based increases.  Now our increase is the same as social security.  If they increase, we get the same.   So this year it was 0%. 
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Post by: Molzy on March 10, 2016, 09:11:18 AM
I've been at my job 3 years, and my supervisor told me in his 6 years with the company (small company was purchased at that time) the lowest he's seen is 2.5% as the "standard" or "base" raise. Then your performance gets taken into account and you an get more. Our group gets a set pool, and then the supervisors have to duke it out to determine who gets what. I got 3.5% my first year (standard raise, I wasn't eligible for merit based because I hadn't been there a full year), 8.5% my second year and 12% last year. I will add that my supervisor feels I'm underpaid, so he fights for me each year at review time and has tried (but failed) to get me mid year raises. After this last year I finally feel I've caught up somewhat with what I should be making, but it took a nearly 25% increase over 2.5 years to get here!

My fiancÚ got a 1% raise last year, public university. First increase in years, though he'd only been there less than a year.
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Post by: nanana13 on March 10, 2016, 09:41:54 AM
Between 3% - 11%, depending on performance and productivity. Accounting firm.
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Post by: Inaya on March 10, 2016, 09:51:29 AM
Larger financial institution. Both raises and bonuses are on a sliding scale up to 6% based on some convoluted combination of company performance and individual performance (there's a 15 minute training video that explains it--I watched it and still don't really understand). I got a 4% raise and 6% bonus this year.
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Post by: JLee on March 10, 2016, 10:32:47 AM
Prior company, 2% was the normal merit increase. No cost of living increase.  Current company...I don't know yet, but I hear around 3% if you do well.
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Post by: chesebert on March 10, 2016, 10:36:52 AM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
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Post by: monstermonster on March 10, 2016, 11:06:37 AM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.
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Post by: JLee on March 10, 2016, 11:48:25 AM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.

I kinda feel that way about the financial/etc industry jobs I see here...there have been a few north of $600k. I can't even comprehend that.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: AZDude on March 10, 2016, 12:00:53 PM
I work for a mid-sized non-profit entity. 0% standard raise, same as it has been for awhile according to co-workers. This is why it pays to be part of big corporate. At a fortune 100 company in the past, even with a shaky economy, raises and bonuses were a thing.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Sibley on March 10, 2016, 01:10:21 PM
3% is pretty standard where I am.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Simply827 on March 10, 2016, 02:08:34 PM
I have a union job, our contract negotiates cost of living increases in 3-4 yr chunks, it is typically 2.5-3.5%.  If you are below the top of your pay band you also get a 5% increase, until you hit the top, at which point you just get the COL.

I have mixed feelings about this setup.  It was nice my first couple of years when I was still learning the ropes, now I sort of feel like I'd prefer to make a case for my own raise...I guess I am doing this by making a case for a promotion that would move me into a higher pay band...

I'm on a similar system working for a city government. We're due to get a 3% raise in July, but then our contract is up. The new mayor will have to negotiate with the union to make a new contract and set raises. The old mayor refused and we didn't have raises for nearly 5 years. Hopefully the new mayor isn't such a stickler.

ETA: The are also annual step increases, but I'm at the top step and won't be getting any more.

I'd much rather like to have the ability to negotiate my own raises, because I'm by far, the best performer in my department.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: slugsworth on March 10, 2016, 02:26:29 PM
I work for a mid-sized non-profit entity. 0% standard raise, same as it has been for awhile according to co-workers. This is why it pays to be part of big corporate. At a fortune 100 company in the past, even with a shaky economy, raises and bonuses were a thing.

I work for a small - mid sized non-profit, 0 percent seems to be the expectation. Though they do seem to try to make sure wages are at/near industry standards, so every so often raises are given our either by merit or COL.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: sailinlight on March 10, 2016, 02:38:18 PM
Medium sized tech company in US.  Minimum of 2-3% for older workers who are maxed out.  I have worked there for 8 years since graduating college and have never gotten less than 9%.  Though in the past few years, it's been around 5-6, so perhaps I'm getting to the top end of the scale.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Grosgrain on March 10, 2016, 02:41:07 PM
3% annual raise as long as you meet standards and aren't exceeding the top of your pay band.  Plus 4-8% bonus opportunity depending on company performance.

Mid-size financial institution.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: zinethstache on March 10, 2016, 02:46:23 PM
Med size Manufacturer in HCOL. Been here 20 years. 3% with an up to 5% corporate bonus based on a financial factor or ICP(Incentive Compensation Plan) 15%

This year due to slow sales, the average was dropped to 2.5%. I had a great review but am ICP and was granted 2.4%.

The pool is all set at 2.5 so to give another more, you have to give others less. I am used to a very small raise as I am sitting fine in my grade and I have received 100% of my ICP every year. I think because of that they give me a little less base pay bump.

Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: thd7t on March 10, 2016, 03:13:01 PM
Maybe it's just because I'm early on in my career, but 0-2% raises seem insane to me. I feel like I would be more insulted than anything if an employer told me I am only a few hundred dollars more valuable to them after a year's worth of experience.

It just depends.  If you worked for an architecture firm in 2009 and they just finished laying off 40% of the staff in the office, and you got to keep your job, then even a modest pay cut wouldn't seem so bad.  You are clearly valued and they are willing to take the risk of keeping you on payroll because they want you around.

Vs. a thriving business where everyone is getting 10% and you get 2%, that's a somewhat clear message that you aren't valued, but the place you work at isn't going to be unfair about it.

In the U.S. at least, you can always go find another job.  From management's perspective, until people start leaving specifically because of compensation, it's going to be how it is.  They don't know or care how much to pay you absent feedback from you, and too many of them react poorly to talking about compensation for there to be an honest dialogue, so often the only input they are getting is binary (they stayed, ergo I'm paying them too much/enough, or they left, ergo I wasn't paying enough).
Well, I wasn't happy about the paycut, but the 40% of my office who were let go were less happy.  That was 2010 in architecture.  In 2008, I was one of the 40% (last in the door, first out!)

Raises have been rare even as the building sector has become strong.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Lanthiriel on March 10, 2016, 03:35:08 PM
Mid-size engineering firm with seemingly a standard 3% raise for "meets expectations." Definitely significantly more than that if you're doing well. I'm expecting somewhere in the 4-6% range this year (I think I find out next month) because I'm getting a lot of good feedback, but I'm not technical (i.e., billable).
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: ditheca on March 11, 2016, 10:55:02 AM
Aviation consulting industry, private company:

We always get a COLA based on federal inflation.  Right now that's zero, so no luck there.

There are also merit raises from 0-5%, which are usually in the 1-3% range. 

I'm not expecting anything this year, since last year I demanded they reevaluate my compensation and successfully negotiated a 27% raise.  Sounds cool, but I was really just terribly underpaid to begin with!  I would need to switch ships to join the six figure club.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Tuskalusa on March 11, 2016, 10:59:47 AM
2% for top performers. 0% for everyone else. Thanks Corporate America.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: nanana13 on March 11, 2016, 11:07:42 AM
2% for top performers. 0% for everyone else. Thanks Corporate America.

What type of company do you work in?
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: 2Birds1Stone on March 11, 2016, 11:48:38 AM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.

You should avoid looking at IT professional salaries lol.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: onlykelsey on March 11, 2016, 11:58:03 AM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't been home since 7:15 AM yesterday and used wet wipes to "shower", haha.   I think more people should view these salaries as combat pay and save them accordingly.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Pooperman on March 11, 2016, 12:04:47 PM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't been home since 7:15 AM yesterday and used wet wipes to "shower", haha.   I think more people should view these salaries as combat pay and save them accordingly.

On the other hand, if you make partner, your salary can be well in excess of $500k. I know because my mom's one, my uncle owns his firm, and my grandfather was bought out of his firm as partner when he retired.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: onlykelsey on March 11, 2016, 12:09:24 PM
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On the other hand, if you make partner, your salary can be well in excess of $500k. I know because my mom's one, my uncle owns his firm, and my grandfather was bought out of his firm as partner when he retired.

For sure, but partnership for this generation is not like partnership for the last two. 

It's all a pie eating contest.  If I could halve my salary in return for a 35 hour week I'd take it.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Pooperman on March 11, 2016, 12:11:12 PM
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On the other hand, if you make partner, your salary can be well in excess of $500k. I know because my mom's one, my uncle owns his firm, and my grandfather was bought out of his firm as partner when he retired.

For sure, but partnership for this generation is not like partnership for the last two. 

It's all a pie eating contest.  If I could halve my salary in return for a 35 hour week I'd take it.

What's your area of law? Mom does 3rd party insurance, uncle does real estate, and grandfather did M&A.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Elliot on March 11, 2016, 12:15:33 PM
Also federal, so nothing. Technically eligible for very small merit/experience based ones every few years, but we've been on a pay-and-hiring freeze for years.

Spouse is paid hourly and works in customer service at a big box store and get 10-20 cents every year after his (always glowing) performance evaluation. I feel bad for the people who get average reviews of that's all he gets for a good one!
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: chesebert on March 11, 2016, 12:20:57 PM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't been home since 7:15 AM yesterday and used wet wipes to "shower", haha.   I think more people should view these salaries as combat pay and save them accordingly.
You should honestly take a shower and go out for a walk. I predict you are 33.15% less effective without a shower and exercise (of which walking is one).
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: monstermonster on March 11, 2016, 12:22:20 PM
I'm a lawyer in an international law firm, so it's lock step.  But we are the minority of employees of the firm, and I think a 2-3% raise is pretty standard.  I don't think many jobs offer lockstep raises above 3%, honestly.

No need to be coy about it, it's public information. Here is the scale.

(http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/McDermott-Will-Emery-base-salary-scale.jpg)
Every time I see lawyer salaries my head kinda explodes. I can't believe those are real amounts of money that real humans get paid.

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't been home since 7:15 AM yesterday and used wet wipes to "shower", haha.   I think more people should view these salaries as combat pay and save them accordingly.
Kind of, except I work in direct service nonprofits, so that's often true for me (only add actually working in 105 degree heat outside for 18 hours a day and then sleeping on the ground), only I make 1/5 of that starting salary. And I don't even get to escape the corporate attire or the ass-kissing of sexist old men, because I'm a fundraiser.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: chesebert on March 11, 2016, 12:22:55 PM
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On the other hand, if you make partner, your salary can be well in excess of $500k. I know because my mom's one, my uncle owns his firm, and my grandfather was bought out of his firm as partner when he retired.

For sure, but partnership for this generation is not like partnership for the last two. 

It's all a pie eating contest.  If I could halve my salary in return for a 35 hour week I'd take it.
Why don't you ask to be paid on an hourly basis and just work the hours you want to work (subject to actual matter needs)? 1099 is not ideal but it hell beats working all day and not having a chance to take a shower on a regular basis :)
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Jack on March 11, 2016, 01:22:12 PM
I work for a software company that's based in the US, but is a subsidiary of a German holding company. I just got a 3% raise that was apparently pro-rated since I've only worked here for 9 months (and am still learning the code base and therefore haven't had time to become a "top performer" yet), so I guess the average is at least 4%.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: CharlesSowAV on March 19, 2016, 07:23:32 PM
I work from home at a not-for-profit online college.

We can get up to 6% raise, but our university-wide average is 4%. We are eligible for $2400 bonus/year.

Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Jim2001 on March 19, 2016, 07:51:49 PM
0% automatic cost of living.  There are bumps with certifications and promotions.  I've attained all the required certs, etc. and am now making 33% more than when I started almost five years ago.  That said, I'm basically at the top of the ladder. 
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: freezerburn on March 19, 2016, 09:00:01 PM
We've had an automatic 2% COLA for everyone at my smallish non-profit since I joined the staff. Maximum possible merit raises on top of that have varied from 2-3.5%, depending on how that fiscal year's funding has gone.

I'm surprised (though maybe I shouldn't be?) at the lack of raises in higher ed! Posted hiring salaries for my job equivalent in higher ed roles are usually about 10% more than what I'm making now, and the retirement matches are about 2x better, so I've been seriously considering pursuing a job at a university. Judging by this thread I guess I'd have to factor in a low probability of getting raises though.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Kris on March 20, 2016, 08:22:40 AM
I work for a bay area tech company, but I'm not sure what the "standard" is- in the nearly 3 years I've been here I've received two raises of 15% and 10%, but I was definitely a top performer so I don't know what the standard increase amount would be for a "middle of the road" employee.

Me: University of Wisconsin, 0%.  Haven't had a raise of any kind, cost of living or not, in six years.

As a Wisconsinite and someone who attended a UW System school for undergrad, this fucking sucks. I'm sorry.  =/


Thanks. Not to mention, the cost of health insurance goes up every year. Meaning that we are taking home actually less every year, in real dollars as well as dollars adjusted for inflation.
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Secretly Saving on March 20, 2016, 08:43:05 AM
2-3% at a large corporation usually, but every once in a while they raise things by 5-10% AND really nice bonuses!
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: Spork on March 20, 2016, 09:45:14 AM
pre FIRE I basically worked at 2 organizations:

Very large telco type company: base of 3% + merit.  Usually was about 6% early in career and dwindled to about 4.5% as you neared the top of the pay bands.  This came with yearly bonuses of about 3-8% and on-call pay.

Smallish ISP (or as small as a national ISP can be).  3%.  Never more.  Never less.  No bonuses.  No call pay. 
Title: Re: What's your organization's standard annual raise?
Post by: FIRE me on March 20, 2016, 07:05:29 PM
Another 3% here.