CRI Releases Its 2003-2004 College Graduate Survey

Upper Saddle River, N.J. – May 2004 – Compensation Resources, Inc. has

released the results of its 2003-2004 College Graduate Salary Survey. The

purpose of this study was to obtain compensation data and information on

recruiting and hiring trends for recent and new college graduates. The

survey sampled compensation data from 71 organizations, including 1,253 jobs.

The results do not indicate any startling or unexpected results, and for

the most part, they are consistent with other studies covering broader

employee compensation trends.

Among the most significant findings was that total cash compensation, which consists of salary and bonus/incentives, increased by a respectable 6.1%, even though salaries only increased by a modest 0.8%. This is consistent with the trend of increased use of variable pay elements by many organizations. Variable pay allows companies to offer competitive pay with upside potential, while controlling fixed overhead for payroll costs, and to some degree, lessening the impact of higher salaries on benefit costs (i.e., vacation and time off benefits, retirement, some insurances, etc.).

Some additional highlights:

  • Findings for 2004 indicate that the financial services industry is
    the top paying industry for recent college graduates ($60,900).
  • Companies are currently utilizing a wide variety of methods to
    recruit recent college graduates. The three most equally popular methods
    are College Career Centers, Employee and Business Associate Referrals, and
    Internet Job Boards.
  • The majority of responding companies have turnover rates of recent
    college graduates of 15% or less.
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