Top employees in Atlanta can expect 3.9% raise

Top-performing employees in Atlanta can expect an average salary increase of 3.9 percent this year — slightly higher than the national average, according to a new survey.

A WorldatWork survey of U.S. employers found an average hike of 2.5 percent for all employees — but the size of the raise changes when an employee’s performance is factored in.

Low performers can expect to see minimal increases of up to 0.7 percent — or nothing at all, according to the survey of nearly 2,500 respondents representing 15.5 million employees.

Middle performers can expect a base pay raise of 2.4 percent. And high performers nationally can expect an average increase of 3.7 percent.

Surveyed employers reported that about 24 percent of employees are rated as high performers, while most are classified as middle performers.

San Jose led the pack in pay raises for top performers, with a 4.1 percent increase.

Meanwhile, in another survey, Atlanta moved up to the fourth-best city for college grads, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.

The report ranks the top 30 cities in the country for new college grads. The top five are Houston, Washington, Dallas, Atlanta, and Austin, Tex.

The winners prevailed mostly because employers in those places posted the greatest number of jobs for new graduates, Bloomberg Businessweek said.

Ironically, the state labor department announced Thursday that metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.3 percent in June, from 9.8 percent in May.

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Put in the effort...

July 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

This is true, even more so for me. I hear all this complaining about what the government is going to do to create jobs and/or give out more free money to people who do nothing. How about going to school and working your butt off? My performance based raise this year was 10+%. Yeah, I have a couple Master’s degrees and put in the effort at work – there’s no excuse to be unemployed for over a year. It’s no one’s fault but your own. Reports have said that employers aren’t fond of hiring someone who’s currently not working. It’s because employers want someone who show determination and effort – someone who doesn’t say “that job is beneath me” or “I can’t afford to only make minimum wage” Buck-up my friends, that great job awaits you, you just have to want it bad enough.

Yeah right

July 22nd, 2010
1:42 pm

Hey Put in the effort… quit goofing off and get your a** back to work!!

TechMom

July 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

7 years with a company. Got a promotion 6 months ago without a raise. Always get Exceeds Expectations on my reviews and still only got 2.5%. I really wanted to tell them to take the title back and keep their 2.5% but in the midst of hiring freezes, declining contracts and few opportunities to leave, it’s hard to argue.

Terry

July 22nd, 2010
1:53 pm

This story is a contradiction on the previous article the AJC just printed. ATL unemployment JUMPS to 10.3. Which is it?

Banker

July 22nd, 2010
1:53 pm

In community banking right now it has nothing to do with effort. I work for a community bank in north Georgia and have not gotten any sort of raise, bonus, incentive plan, or anything at all for the past 3 years. The bank that I work for is no different than many other community banks in Georgia. My production, expectations, and responsibilities have increased every year, but I have not seen a penny in additional salary. To make matters worse, our 401K match has been suspended, and there are no Christmas bonuses, or even incentive plans to reward the employees who are producing and are productive.

These stories like mine go untold, while all the media talks about is all of the huge bonuses and bailouts that the big bank executives are making and try to paint local banks with the same brush. It just isn’t so.

Big Money

July 22nd, 2010
1:53 pm

3.9% raise? YES!!! Time to upgrade the kitchen and buy that beach condo I’ve wanted!!! Money time baby!!!

R

July 22nd, 2010
1:59 pm

I’d love to get a raise. I dream about it. But the way things are going, I’m grateful to have a job. I have too many friends who don’t have one, and a father pushing 60 who can’t get hired anywhere after being laid off. (If you think Atlanta is bad unemployment wise, try Columbia, SC.) BTW, I am out on a break right now, so don’t start with any of that mess.

Hedgepruner

July 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

with Lockheed Martin for 3o years & have been salary employee the last 10 years , had to work my arse off to get to the salary level and have maintain a strenuous contractual delivery percentage for quite some time for our USG customer and for the first time ever I didn’t get a raise & we are the leading BILLION dollar aeronautics company in the world, now I am really bummed to find out everyone else got at least 4 %….

CajunInAtl

July 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

“Put in the effort…” and “Yeah right”- are you aware that many of the people who are currently out of work have college degrees and are actively searching for employment rather than sitting on their butts? It’s the economy, not laziness, that is keeping them out of work. Previously hard workers found their jobs laid off thanks to the recession. They can’t even get a basic position in a store or restaurant because they are “overqualified” for those positions. Though I am fortunate enough to have a job at this time, I am looking for a new job and have not gotten a hint of interest in 6 months of searching, even with the best references and well-connected friends trying to help me to find something. And I happen to know that the Big 4 accounting firms did not even offer raises last year, so I’d love to know where you work with your 10+percent raise… possibly for one of the companies the government will have to bail out because they overpaid themselves?

skewed

July 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

It would be much more meaningful if the survey had provided a MEDIAN salary increase for employers rather than the AVERAGE. Anyone that works with statistics knows that averages can be skewed. Consider a room of 10 people. You give 9 people $1 each and the last person you give $41. The average paid to each person calculates to $5. However, 90% of the people are way below the average. The MEDIAN paid to each person however calculates to $1.

TrueEnough

July 22nd, 2010
2:08 pm

I can believe the stat, but seems kinda far off, atleast for Atlanta’s sake.

My company has held it’s head up, and made the right moves in the economy to continue to thrive and survive. We’ve hired more people, expanded our company. I’m happy to have 401K matching to the max, insurance benefits, paid holidays, 2 weeks of paid vacation, bonuses every 6 months, and I still average around 5-8% raise every year, and have done so for the last 5 years..

I work hard, and like my job. Even if I was making less, and came away with HALF the benefits, I’d still work like hell to keep my job. Most people want the easy money, and right now, it’s just easier to sit on your butt and collect the large lump sum that I see taken from my checks every month!

mcdaris324

July 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

I’m glad everyone is so happy about geeting a raise I’m a Ranger for the state and we haven’t got a raise in 3 years and I have to put my butt in the line of fire thanks alot.

TrueEnough

July 22nd, 2010
2:12 pm

Cajun-

Thats not the case.. I know several people with degrees, masters and even doctorates who are getting jobs, but taking less money, and/or working in a field that they didn’t aspire to work in.

Being picky, just because you have a degree in management, and you don’t get to manage, doesn’t mean jack squat.

Over qualified is bull. If you want to work, and come across as someone that wants to work, chances are you’ll get the chance. Don’t go to Macy’s and blab about your past experience at top tier company, and your multiple MBA’s, when you going to be assisting shoppers in the shoe section. Your just tooting your horn for no reason. If you give the employer the inkling that your “above” the job, and will run when times look better, then of course you’ll get over looked. It’s common sense.

Andy in Blairsville

July 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

McKesson in Alpharetta has 3 pages at any given time of positions open. From entry level college grad stuff to contracted software programmers.

Not to mention, the next time you’re in line at Walmart, Home Depot or Lowe’s ask if they have been hiring.

The jobs jobs are out there, but I think many millions of the 30-40 million unemployed like sucking off the taxpayer’s teet while watching Dr Phil.

NativeAtlantan

July 22nd, 2010
2:27 pm

Banker is right. Big banker executive bonuses apply to maybe 0.50% of the hundreds of thousands of financial services employees in the country…but of course that’s what the government focuses on. How productive…

TrueEnough

July 22nd, 2010
2:36 pm

Andy-

I think your right.. I see plenty of hiring signs when I’m out and about. I know of companies who are looking for good help.. The problem is the people don’t want a job.

Who wants to work, and pay for lunch and gas to get to work, and bring home $800 a week when they can get $500 for sitting on their ass, and eating breakfast at 11am. The government is pretty proud to help, but don’t understand that for the many, it’s just easier to live off what you get now, complain about it, and not have to work for it.

Pleasedwth$$$

July 22nd, 2010
2:36 pm

That guy in the center photo for this story is a lawyer – a great one at that. He’s in Lawrenceville – Jesse Kent – I was injured in a car accident and he got me paid…big time paid!! So the irony here is that the story is about raises; but I don’t need a raise anymore because I got basically a year’s salary from the settlement, and then some !!!

BReal

July 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

Wow!!! Aren’t you a piece of work.. So the guy in the photo is an ambulance chaser, and the reason for frivolous law suits, that cause insurance rates to sky rocket!!!

Norvee Michelle

July 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

@Terry actually there isn’t a contradiction. Approximately 10% of Atlantans are unemployed. Of the 90% who remain in the workforce that are also top performers, they can expect a raise of around 3.9%. My question is what if you’re a top-performing employee, but the company isn’t in a position to give you a raise.

Pleasedwth$$$

July 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

To: BReal – I had a broken back, punctured lung, fractured clavicle and pins inserted in both legs; I couldn’t work for several months and had (at the time) 3 kids that I provided for working a full time job with an accounting firm. I would have lost everything if not Mr. Kent. I agree – there are ambulance chasers out there, but Mr. Kent isn’t one of them. He was recommended to me be a friend he represented pro bono (that means for free, BReal…)

ohhh ya

July 22nd, 2010
3:13 pm

weird…just found out that my Fiance got a 15k raise and promotion!!!!

Damon Evans

July 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

what you talkin about willis?

I ain’t getting a fat raise anymore thanks to my inability to hide furman’s red panties. y’all be good now.

To Put in the Effort

July 22nd, 2010
3:21 pm

And by work your butt off you mean taking the time during the work day to post long, self-righteous rants on various blogs.

jack stilton

July 22nd, 2010
3:21 pm

State employee here going backwards for 4 straight years! If I could leave I would and will take the first opportunity I can find. As for performance I do very well, but they don’t care since I am just another warm body to them. My dept has $ but they have to act like they don’t!

free

July 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

the only raises in my paycheck are healthcare, other insurance, and parking (same lot, no improvements) fees!

in fact, i’ve had furloughs that have decreased my salary.

To TrueEnough

July 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

“Your” is the possessive form of you. “You’re” is a contraction for “you are.” Get a clue.

BReal

July 22nd, 2010
3:33 pm

It’s awesome that I’m gettin’ paid, to surf the web all day!!

Infact, I think I’m gonna leave early today and go play some golf!!

Pleasedwith$$- Sorry to hear about a serious accident, but you certainly came across as a money hungry, “owww my neck hurts from a fender bender” kind of person..

Speaking of raises though.. How about instead of extending the unemployment, we just give THEM a 5% raise if unemployment earnings.. But make them all piss in a cup every month when they wait in line for their cheese.

TrueEnough

July 22nd, 2010
3:36 pm

I’m glad we have a furloughed english teacher on the blog today. I appreciate your concern about my lack of proper use of our dear language. Maybe you’ll stop helping kids cheat on their CRT tests, and use some of that talent one day.

Jason

July 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

TrueEnough, is your company hiring? They sound like they’re doing well financially, and I’d love to find a job that allowed me to post comments to AJC blogs for two hours at a time.

j

July 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Hell no, we’re undergoing pay cuts. No pay increases or bonuses company wide for 3 years now.

Whatisthisthingcalledaraise

July 22nd, 2010
4:07 pm

I was lucky and found a full-time job after college (took two years to find it and in a field I am not really interested in)before the economy went bad. No pay increase or bonus since the day I was hired. No pay increases anytime soon. Probably not for a least another year, maybe two. Benefits are also been taken away as my health insurance premiums go up.

Questions please

July 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

I’m amazed that they think there are a lot of High Employers here. How in the heck do they know what employers are going to do. I can assure you the AJC is no mindreader and that small companys are still trying to maintain and keep who they have hired while managing another 40% insurance hike and cost of living and higher taxes. People are still taking pay cuts to keep their jobs. The only people who are getting raises are the government workers who dont work hard enough to even earn a paycheck, let alone get a raise.

Great Recession

July 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

I guess we could all follow Pleasewth$$’s advice and get rich off of insurance companies…..! Actually, I have a friend that knows Jesse Kent…. maybe I’ll call him about my accident….forget this “work and job” stuff ….!!

asdf

July 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

Really, AJC, you could only find photos of three white males to represent “Top employees?”

Hedley Lamarr

July 22nd, 2010
4:29 pm

Raise? How about a 15% pay cut? That’s what I got… At least I still get a paycheck.

baddog

July 22nd, 2010
4:50 pm

Get a raise are you kidding me? My Boss says if he doesn’t get a raise then we don’t get a raise. He also says there is no money in the budget for it but continues to hire new people, plus he goes to the Dominican Republic every month

Damone

July 22nd, 2010
8:13 pm

I didn’t get a raise at all this year and still have to come in early 1 day each week. They better come up with some big raise money this year or I will look for an easy job in government.