Pay Range Adjustments Remain Similar for Not-For-Profit Employers

November 8, 2011    

As organizations balance the effects of the recession, not-for-profit organizations see similar pay range adjustments to last year’s while the time between adjustments grows significantly longer, according to the 2011 Compensation Data Not-For-Profit results.

The actual pay range adjustment of 1.2 percent in 2011 decreased slightly from the 1.3 percent adjustment in 2010, and came in just above the projected 1.1 percent for this year. Not-for-profit employers expect to see no change in 2012, projecting a 1.1 percent adjustment again.

Pay range adjustments are beginning to occur less often, with an average of 21.3 months since the last adjustment reported this year. In 2010, participating organizations indicated waiting 18 months between adjustments. However, timing varies among industry categories. Government entities reported 26.2 months since the last adjustment, but associations waited just 12.6 months between adjustments.

“In light of the volatile economy, many employers are continuing to stay cautious,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefits survey data provider. “A conservative approach may soon become the norm instead of the exception for many organizations.”

Overall, not-for-profit organizations vary in how they treat employees going over the range maximum. According to the results, almost 70 percent of not-for-profit organizations reported withholding increases. Eighty percent of government entities reported withholding increases while 48.8 percent of colleges and universities did so this year. The results also indicated 58 percent of not-for-profit organizations offered lump sum increases in 2011.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Not-For-Profit surveyed more than 100 industry-specific job titles and 350 benchmark titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from more than 400 not-for-profit employers reporting on 1,267 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of March 1, 2011.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Thousands of U.S. organizations provide data each year ensuring the reliability of our results. Compdata Surveys has been providing comprehensive data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. For more information about our compensation and benefit surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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