Raise Increases: How Much Can You Expect?
Q. What is the percentage range
for raises in public accounting? Is the average really 4 to 5 percent? If I
expect 10 percent, am I kidding myself?
A. Companies determine their
merit budgets for the coming year typically by late summer of the previous
year. Merit increases are based on the employer's ability to pay. Given the
current economic situation, some companies have opted not to give merit
increases this year because they can't afford to.
Over the past four years, the average merit
increase has hovered around 4 to 5 percent, so I think it's unrealistic to
expect a 10 percent raise. A raise as high as 10 percent is generally reserved
for employees whose salary is not competitive with the market. A company may
also give an employee a merit increase as part of a promotional increase. Or,
you might expect a 10 percent increase if you have done an exceptional job
during the past year and the company would like to reward you for your work.