2012 Salary Survey–What’s Your Case for a Raise?

The December QP contains ASQ’s annual, ever-popular salary survey.  Perhaps you’ve already seen it.  If not, take a look. As always, in 2012 there’s good news and less-than-good news.  The study year over year confirms the value of professional certification.  And I think that’s great.  Certification is available to everyone, and is a great way to brush up on your knowledge and demonstrate to your employers (current or future) that you’re committed to your profession and have evidence to support your claim of being competent.

There’s less than good news in that salaries – at least in the U.S. and Canada – did not go up much in the last year. It’s a tough market and organizations are a bit anxious about the year ahead.

If you accept the premise that you get paid what you’re worth (and it’s not always true) I wonder what you’d tell your boss you did in the last year to increase your value to the organization. Tell me about results.  Customers more satisfied, revenue enhanced, money saved, waste reduced, lives saved, or risks managed.  What’s your case for a raise?

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