As concerns regarding the global economy continue, U.S. workers’ salaries are only marginally increasing; however, there’s the chance for workers to balance low base pay increases through performance-based awards, according to a new survey by Aon Hewitt, the global human resources solutions provider.

For salaried exempt workers, base pay growth hit 2.8 percent in 2012, a slight increase from 2.7 percent in 2011, the survey finds. Salary growth hit a record low of 1.8 percent in 2009 but has continued to climb slowly upward.

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