As salary budgets have seemingly stabilized following three years of record lows, U.S. and Canadian workers and expecting to afford a 3 percent increase to the salary budget for all employees, according to the U.S. 2012-2013 National Salary Budget Survey conducted by Kenexa Compensation, a global provider of business solutions for human resources.

This estimated 3 percent growth in salary budgets matches the figure respondents report for 2012, an uptick from 2009 when salary budget levels dropped to 2.5 percent for executives and nonexempt employees and 2.8 for managers and exempt employees.

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