Sick of kicking butt at work and getting microscopic raises? You might consider trying to find a job in Kansas City or Denver in the energy, construction or mining businesses.

That's some of the useful intelligence extracted from the latest Aon Hewitt salary survey that asked 1,147 respondents about their 2014 compensation plans.

The average salary increase for salaried exempt workers will be right around 3 percent, Aon Hewitt found. That's up slightly from the 2.9 percent seen in 2013, and would be the highest annual hike since 2008, when increases were at 3.7 percent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.