The Essentials: Your Compensation

Our tips to getting the best compensation packages, even when wages aren't growing as much as you'd like.


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Despite the fact that raises, when adjusted for inflation, are expected to only grow an average of 1% this year, there are plenty of other parts of your compensation to focus on. Whether you're looking for unusual benefits (like pet insurance for your pooch), a lowdown on bonuses, or how to get that raise in the current wage-stagnation climate, our roundup of compensation highlights can help you strategize your best pay play.

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