About a year after the Great Recession ended, Public Works began asking salary survey respondents if their pay had increased, decreased, or stayed the same. A little more than one-half reported salary freezes. Since then, however, we’ve seen steady increases (and decreases) in all the right places. Since 2011, nearly one-third more survey-takers say they’ve received a raise, the number reporting pay cuts dropped by more than half, and the percentage reporting salary freezes decreased by 20%.
“First pay raise in five years. No layoffs.” —California city (pop: 100,001-250,000) highway department manager/supervisor making $127,000