A Full Recovery?

Salary survey shows gains for quality pros

There have been recent hints of positive movement in the U.S. economy: The Conference Board’s employment trends index saw an uptick in October—up 10% from a year earlier—and 151,000 jobs were added to the economy in October. Baby steps, yes, but we’ll take it.

Of course, we know a handful of random data points do not comprise a trend, but the results of this year’s QP Salary Survey show positive movement in many areas. The analysis begins with "Revealing Answers," which marks the first time we’ve compared and dissected four years’ worth of results.

The detailed reports—127 figures and tables in all—begin in "Not Out of the Question" and continue with five print sections and another 19 online. You can also access surveys from past years, career links and more any time on the webpage, www.qualityprogress.com/salarysurvey.

Each year we publish this survey, it generates many reader comments ranging from thank-yous to constructive critiques. The data also spark many more questions, and through the years we’ve continued to refine the survey and resulting report to try to address those suggestions wherever possible.

This year, we added insights that came directly from dozens of survey respondents. We asked them to share answers to some of the burning questions about education and training, career prospects and job satisfaction. You’ll find their personal reflections scattered throughout the survey in the "Money Talks" boxes.

Let this survey serve as fodder to help you answer your own questions about your career and offer information to help you map out the path to a more fulfilling position—if that’s what you’re looking for. You can also check in on whether you or your staff  are where you should be salary-wise, and you can view trends for your region, education level, experience and much more.  

To make the survey even more accessible (and, we hope, valuable), there is a complementary webinar available, in which the authors of our survey analysis discuss some of the trends they observed in the data. You’ll find links to the webinar at www.qualityprogress.com/salarysurvey.

Offering avenues to continue the conversation and discuss the results with others in the community is another goal. Visit the QP discussion board at http://community.asq.org/forums/topic4441922-5222-1.aspx to exchange information and commentary. You’re also welcome to comment on any article’s webpage at www.qualityprogress.com.

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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