Often in the hands of entrepreneurs or families, small businesses with up to 99 employees are typically more flexible when economic shifts occur but can lack the deep pockets to survive a major decline in the economy.
Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.