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One of the key features of the NC Wage & Salary Survey is projected base pay increases, as reported by NC employers. The projected base pay increase for 2016 is 2.7% (incl 0) or 3.1% (excl 0) for exempt employees and 2.6% (incl 0) or 2.9% (excl 0) for hourly employees. 14% of all employers plan to give no increase (0%) in 2016. Of the employers planning to give an actual increase in 2016, about 72% plan to give 3.0+% to exempt employees and about 68% plan to give the same to hourly employees.

A survey highlight of the NC Healthcare Benefits & Cost Survey is health plan premium rates. For traditional plans, the average premium for individual coverage is $5,985 per year, of which employers cover 81%. The average family premium is $17,503 per year, of which employers cover 54%.

The NC Policies & Benefits Survey covers many topics, including 401k matching and vesting. Employers reported safe harbor match (32%), match based on formula (32%), and discretionary match (23%), while 14% of employers reported no match. The most common vesting schedule is 100% in equal increments over 6 years (24% of employers) followed by 100% in equal increments over 5 years (21%). About 27% of employers indicated cliff vesting 100% at year 1, 2, or 3.

Survey Schedule

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Approximate Dates for Opening, Closing, and Reporting


Current Survey Results Available Next Survey Opens Next Survey Closes Next Survey Results Available
NC Wage & Salary Survey Aug 2016 Apr 2017 May 2017 Aug 2017
CAI Pay Trends Survey Nov 2016 Oct 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017
National Executive Compensation Survey coming May 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 May 2018
National Wage & Salary Survey Dec 2016 N/A N/A Dec 2017
National IT & Engineering Compensation Survey Sept 2016 May 2017 June 2017 Sept 2017
NC Healthcare Benefits & Cost Survey Mar 2017
Jan 2018 Jan 2018 Mar 2018
NC Policies & Benefits Survey Oct 2016 July 2018 Aug 2018 Oct 2018
CAI Holiday Plans Survey Dec 2016 Oct 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017