Would You Accept a Promotion Without a Raise?

By Cynthia Kong on June 6, 2018 at 12:27pm


How commonly companies award promotions without salary increases, according to HR managers:

Very common 2018: 6% 2011: 3%
Somewhat common 2018: 33% 2011: 19%
Not common at all 2018: 40% 2011: 63%
We don’t offer promotions without raises 2018: 20% 2011: 14%
Don’t know/no answer 2018: 0% 2011: 1%

Workers willing to accept a promotion that doesn’t include a raise:

2018 TOTAL GENDER Male GENDER Female AGE 18-34 AGE 35-54 AGE 55+
Yes 64% 72% 55% 72% 61% 53%
No 36% 28% 45% 28% 39% 47%

In 2011, 55% of workers said they’d take a promotion without a raise.

According to HR managers, employees are promoted after 2 years and 5 months in a position, on average.

Source: OfficeTeam surveys of 308 HR managers and 1,007 workers in the United States in 2018; OfficeTeam surveys of 508 HR managers and 433 workers in the United States in 2011.

Some responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

© 2018 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

Availability Status

Let us know you're ready to work with one click.

Update My Status

Set Your Status

Click the blue button on your profile page at least once a week to keep your status set to Available.

Set Your Status

Your status will automatically change to Idle and Unknown over time, so update it weekly while you’re looking for work

Update My Status

More From the Blog...

Suiting Up for Success

Robert Half employees came together virtually to fundraise and provide career resources to benefit Dress for Success and support their mission of empowering...

Read More