To listen to the podcast you can go to: http://www.podcasternews.com/programs/87/better-process-podcast/1919/
Compensation.BLR.com conducted BLR’s greatly expanded annual salary survey in early 2006. Pay rates for the average exempt worker (employees not eligible for overtime) will increase 4.0% in 2006 – just under the 4.1% cost of living index in 2005. Only one position, Wholesale and Retail Buyer, will show a salary decline in 2006 (down 0.19% to $43,192).
Unlikely Rock Stars
“This year’s top gainers are very different,” commented Catherine Moreton, BLR’s compensation editor. “We theorize that globalization pressures are forcing companies to focus on improving their cost structures, making purchasing managers the unlikely new corporate rock stars. Likewise, marketing and promotion managers will be amply rewarded to increase sales and market share.” Executive Summary
A free Executive Summary of BLR’s 2006 Survey of Exempt Compensation is available at http://www.blr.com/landingpr/?landingPRID=10&source=PRS&effort=112