Each year, PayScale surveys thousands of HR and business leaders to learn about the workforce
and compensation trends they've experienced in the previous year, and to see how those trends
have informed their plans going forward. Below is a summary of those results.
The data represented here was compiled from PayScale’s Survey of Compensation Best Practices, conducted from November - December of 2011. Survey results were analyzed several ways to compare results by company size and industry.
Overall Sample Size: In total, 2,039 business and HR leaders completed our 2012 Compensation Practices Survey. Of the respondents surveyed, 45% were from small companies (<100 employees), 33% from medium companies (100-1,000 employees), and 22% from large companies (1,000+ employees).
Respondent Job Functions: The most common job function for our survey respondents was HR Generalist, making up 21% of all respondents. The second most popular function was HR Executive, accounting for 17% of all respondents, followed by Department Head and Administration, both accounting for approximately 14% of all responses.
Industry Sample Size:Healthcare had the highest representation, making up 12% of the total sample. Information, Media & Telecommunications and Financial Services both accounted for approximately 8% of respondents, while Retail and Business Support Services each contributed to 4% of the sample. Food Services & Accommodation accounts for 2% of the sample.