What to do with all those numbersGetting the most out of salary survey data By Jeff Vathje and Manny Campione08/11/2008|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/31/2008 It’s not as easy as it once was for HR professionals to come up with compensation numbers. The days of simply looking at what others across the country are doing and following suit are long gone.Compensation professionals are now required to develop strategies that may vary widely by geography, role, sector and employee demographic. Moreover, because competition for certain positions is fierce, these strategies have to be more closely tied to attracting, retaining and engaging those whom the company needs in order to meet business objectives.Does that mean annual salary increase surveys, traditionally used only for benchmarking purposes, are no longer useful to compensation practitioners? On the contrary, a survey that includes a range of data can be particularly useful in helping create effective compensation strategies. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.