Springs salaries expected to rise

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Colorado Springs employers appear to lead the Mountain Region when it comes to salary increases.

According to the Mountain States Employers Council’s latest pay increase survey, Colorado Springs and Boulder/Longmont led were expected to see the biggest average pay increases in the three-state region, at 2.4 percent and 2.2 percent respectively for 2011.

In survey results published this week, the council said employee pay is expected to increase an average of 2 percent statewide, off slightly from 2.2 percent projected in May.

The latest poll was taken in August and included 630 employers in Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming.

Colorado Springs along with Boulder/Longmont, were expected to see the biggest average pay increases in the three-state region, at 2.4 percent and 2.2 percent respectively.

On average, pay increases in Wyoming were projected to average 1.9 percent next year, and Arizona wage increases were seen rising 1.8 percent.

The highest projected increases were reported by the oil and gas industry, at 4.1 percent on average, followed by the mining industry at 2.6 percent.

The lowest pay increases were expected in the government sector, at 1 percent, followed by the construction and retail/wholesale sector at 1.9 percent.