Towers Watson’s recently completed annual salary planning survey of 910 U.S. companies found that executives can expect fairly modest salary increases in 2014, generally consistent with the levels in recent years. The survey participants granted a 2.7% average annual increase to their executives this year. For 2014, projected salary budgets put the average executive pay increase at 2.9%.

The survey also found that top performers are likely to do far better than the average as companies continue their recent efforts to better differentiate rewards based on performance.  Retaining top performers and scarce leadership talent remains a significant challenge for many companies, even with the overall softness in the labor markets.

For more details on our latest annual salary planning survey, click here.


Laura Sejen, Global Practice Leader, Rewards 

Laura Sejen

Towers Watson New York

Laura Sejen is a director in Towers Watson’s New York office who leads the rewards practice globally.  Email or