Holding Steady, Expect Salary Budgets to Rise 3.1% in 2016

Stephen Miller

U.S. employees can expect an average base salary increase of 3.1 percent in 2016, up only slightly, if at all, from the raises they received this year, according to a WorldatWork survey of its members. WorldatWork is an association of total rewards professionals, mostly at large North American companies.

Preliminary results from the 2015-2016 Salary Budget Survey were released on July 14, 2015, with salary budget projections for the U.S. and 18 other nations. The data shows projected 2016 salary budgets in the U.S. holding steady with mean (average) increases of 3.1 percent for most major employee categories.

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