The median base salary increases are projected to hit 3 percentthis year, according to recent research by the Hay Group, a globalconsulting firm.

This 3 percent median increase is consistent for executives,middle management, supervisory and clerical positions, and thisfigure is rather steady across most industries. Once calculatingannualized consumer price index growth at 3.0 percent, projectedemployee wage growth is in line with inflation.

Although most industries are in line with the 3 percent medianbase salary increase, including the industrial, retail andfinancial services sectors, the economy affects the variousindustries differently. Certain health care jobs, such as nursingand clinical employees, are experiencing 2.5 percent medianincreases, but employees in the oil and gas sectors are seeing 4percent median increases planned for 2012.

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