Are you expecting a pay raise?

When was the last time you’ve had a raise?

After many workers have gone without a salary increase for two years, some may see a little more money in their paychecks this year, AJC staffer Tammy Joyner writes.

The emphasis should be on the word little.

Joyner writes that the amount of money companies have budgeted for potential pay increases this year is the lowest in 25 years, according to The Conference Board, a global business and research nonprofit in New York.

The board’s latest survey on pay raises shows that salary increases budgeted by U.S. companies this year will be below 3 percent for the first time in more than two decades.

What’s happening at your company?

Are layoffs and other cost-cutting measures still preventing a wage increase? Or is the recession thawing enough for a raise this year?

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24 comments Add your comment

melissa

February 15th, 2010
8:17 am

Ha! we haven’t had a raise and our insurance is going up with more fulough days left… Love being a state employee. My take home pay goes down every year.

Kelly

February 15th, 2010
9:50 am

We haven’t had a raise in over a year. This was done to keep our financial stable company in the black. However, for the first time in over 8 years, we are in the red. The management started doing lay-offs on Friday.

Debra

February 15th, 2010
10:10 am

ny pack my job to go to Mexico..

TnGelding

February 15th, 2010
10:11 am

I’m retired, but feel the pain of those paying for my benefits they can’t afford for themselves. We simply have to adopt a simpler, more efficient tax code that makes it easier and less costly to operate a business in this country. In the meantime, frugality and austerity must rule.

Debra

February 15th, 2010
10:13 am

My Job is going to Mexico. So no raise
I haven’t gotten one in so long it’s
not funny..

TDdad

February 15th, 2010
10:13 am

15% pay cut in 08, 20% pay cut in 09, just hope no more this year or a second job will be in the plans for 2010.

LPC

February 15th, 2010
10:19 am

I work for a major Atlanta hospital. No raises last Novenber due to 20%cuts in Medicare/Medicaid payments to providers. Thanks to the current adminstration! Can’t wait for “healthcare reform”

Bobby

February 15th, 2010
10:35 am

Well, Dekalb County is raising our taxes to give their employees a raise rather than getting rid of useless holidays such as President’s day that only government employees get off.

TrueBlue

February 15th, 2010
11:29 am

My company has decreased my pay twice in the last year. I went from making $92k/year to barely $40K. Everyone tells me “at least you have a job”. My morale is extremely low, I’m trying to stay positive and remain optimistic.

TrueBlue

February 15th, 2010
11:31 am

I forget to mention, I am not expecting a pay raise.

tired

February 15th, 2010
11:43 am

Sorry True Blue! I know how you feel. I went from making $40K to $27K. My insurance increased 17% as well. At this point I’m having a hard time just putting gas in my 11 year old car to get to work and buying groceries. God forbid if the car breaks down. There’s no money to pay for repairs. The kicker is Management received a 4% raise this year. It felt like a slap in the face!

albanyjacket

February 15th, 2010
11:49 am

I am a public school teacher and have not gotten a raise in 3 years because with more than 24 years experience, step raises stop after about 19 years. No raise last year, this year, or the next. Why don’t school systems cut out the spending on useless stuff like “graduation coaches”, educational consultants, school improvement coordinators and the like?

Underpaid, Overworked

February 15th, 2010
11:52 am

Pay Raise????????

From MY Company???????

BWAH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn Deaver

February 15th, 2010
11:57 am

Not at all still furloughing 8 hours a month don’t think a raise is in the works but I would rather go with out one if other people could get their jobs back.

Jay Jennings

February 15th, 2010
1:05 pm

I haven’t had a raise in two years; its not looking good this year either. Our insurance has gone up each year and our perks have decreased year after year. For two years in a row I have brought home less than the previous year. The staff and contract help keeps getting smaller; so I’m doing twice the work for less. Not to mention the spouse has been laid off for 8 months…. Something has to give; we can’t keep this up any-more.

It's a Joke

February 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

It’s been 4 years and counting. Excutives make their money, stock options, bonuses and the people on the front lines get nothing!!

TnGelding

February 15th, 2010
3:03 pm

albanyjacket

February 15th, 2010
11:49 am

Getting two raises a year for 19 years kind of spoiled you didn’t it?

TrueBlue

February 15th, 2010
3:58 pm

@Tired I hope everything works out for you. Jobs are so scarce just hang in there. Just let your smile be your umbrella

albanyjacket

February 16th, 2010
12:24 am

No, we did not get two raises a year. I would explain it to you but it would spoil your fun.

Nativeson71

February 16th, 2010
7:39 am

This is one the best series of comments I have seen on Unger’s column yet!
What everyone has written is the REAL recession.
More than 10% of the population is struggling to get by on significantly less salary than a few years ago. Retailers will NOT see year over year increases till ‘this population’ of affected workers recovers.
I feel everyone’s pain cuase I have been F__KED over too…

Mark

February 17th, 2010
2:42 pm

I get a raise every year. Along with profit sharing and incentive bonuses. Thanks, everyone, for using your cell phones!

TrueBlue

February 17th, 2010
4:32 pm

@ Mark, very insensitive.

PAT FROM ELLENWOOD

February 17th, 2010
11:22 pm

got laid off in 2007 got a job and went from 70,000 to 60,000. no raise since than–insurance premiums keep going up and now I have a health care deductible of $500 a year. I don’t eat out and I am very grateful for the other skills that I possess that allow me to make extra money here and there. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to clean clothes and look presentable for the job I do have. I just called the county to pick up furniture from in front of the house down the street. the people just walked away from the house and left the furniture. The economy doesn’t see color or class–I hope they’re right about it rebounding..

Nativeson71

February 18th, 2010
3:42 pm

Mark – you turn will come – I hope you are preparing for it.