Industry Wages Appear Stagnant

NPOA Offers Preview of New Wage Study

With the expected release of NPOA’s 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Study less than three weeks away, we can already offer a preview of what this new study will reveal. 

Of the 19 key positions covered in this study, wages have either dropped or remained stagnant for 13 of these positions when compared to the wages reported in early 2012. With an outstanding overall “margin of error” of less than 1%, the drop or stagnation in wages is not a “fluke” or a reflection of differences in data bases, but rather a clear indication that, for whatever reason, owners have chosen to freeze wages during the past 26 months.

As an example, average wages for “General Managers” has dropped from $28.60 in 2012 to $26.19 in 2014 – and 8.4% drop. Wages for “Customer Services Supervisors” $19.54 to $18.40, a 5.9% drop! Wages for “Senior Graphics & Digital” operators have remained virtually stagnant at $19.34 in 2012 versus $19.23 in 2014.

The only exceptions to the above appear in wage classifications dealing with either “mailing” or “signs & large format” where wages have increased on average of 5.7%. The largest increase in wages when compared to 2012 data is for the “Jr. Mailing Department Specialists” position where average wages increased from $13.85 in 2012 to $15.21 in 2014.

NPOA members can read the rest of our report by clicking here.