Based on responses from the 411 organizations who participated in this year’s Compensation Planning Outlook survey, the average pay increase for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.9 per cent for 2014. This increase is 1 percentage point higher than the 1.9 per cent inflation rate forecast for 2014. Average increases to salary ranges (or “structures”) are expected to be 1.6 per cent in 2014, the same as the range movement seen in 2013. Eighteen per cent of organizations with salary range structures plan to hold their ranges constant in 2014, down from 21 per cent in 2013. Merit budgets, the budget for performance-based base salary increases, were 2.4 per cent in 2013 and are forecast to be 2.6 per cent in 2014. Other survey results included in the report address base pay, short- and long-term incentive plans, performance management, rewards strategy and priorities, recruitment and retention, and unionized wage increases.