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CFOs Say Salaries To Increase; Bonuses Staying The Same; Divided on Healthcare Costs, Poll Shows

Grant Thornton’s Compensation & Benefits Fall 2012 survey of CFOs indicates salaries will increase in 2013.

The accounting and consultancy firm polled1,582 CFOs, comptrollers and other senior financial executives across the United States. The fall 2012 survey took place between November 7 and November 30, with and comptrollers participating.

Some highlights from the report:

  • More than half of those surveyed (58%) believe salary costs for employers will increase during the next 12 months, compared to 2% who say they will decrease and 39% who believe that salary costs will remain the same.
  • When it comes to bonuses, the majority of those surveyed (79%) believe amounts paid will remain the same or decrease during the next year. Additionally, stock options and other forms of equity-based compensation are expected by a majority of respondents (69%) to remain the same in the next 12 months.
  • Of those surveyed, 53% believe the cost of offering health benefits will continue to increase in the next year. It’s also notable that 47% believe that health care costs will remain the same or decrease.
  •  When survey participants were asked about 401(k) matching, as well as other employer contributions to retirement plans, the large majority indicated employer-funded costs would remain unchanged over the next year.


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