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RBA wage surveys show increase in pay for workers

Rochester Business Journal
April 25, 2014

Starting pay for unskilled workers is on the rise in the Rochester area, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.’s annual wage and salary surveys found.
RBA’s human resources services department conducted four separate surveys for manufacturing, non-exempt, professional/managerial, and health and human services wages and salaries. The surveys asked respondents about pay and other compensation, as well as benefits as a percentage of payroll.
Findings showed an average starting rate for unskilled jobs of $10.84 an hour, up 2.4 percent from $10.59 in 2013.

The surveys included a salary planning section with actual and projected pay and structure adjustments, showing projected wage increases were similar to those in the 2013 RBA Pay Trends Survey.

The 2014 average projected pay increase in the Pay Trends Survey was 3 percent, while the 2014 average projected increase in the Salary Planning Report was 2.8 percent.
The surveys found an increase in the average cost of benefits as a percentage of payroll, going to 28.3 percent from 27.4 percent in 2013.
“These wage and salary surveys offer local employers a valuable resource to benchmark against regional trends," RBA CEO Sandra Parker said in a statement. "The information allows them to keep up with other companies by offering competitive wages to recruit top talent.

“While only a modest bump this year, we certainly welcome the stability seen in starting pay, given the challenging business climate in New York.”
A total of 198 RBA member companies, employing more than 70,000 workers, responded to one or more of the surveys.

 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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