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Emerging-Market Manager Pay Matches U.S., Europe Salaries

Emerging-Market Executive Pay Matches U.S., European Salaries
The Sao Paulo, Brazil, skyline. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Executives working in emerging markets earn salaries and annual cash bonuses that are at par with their counterparts’ pay in the U.S. and Europe, according to a report published today.

Senior managers in Brazil, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are offered higher salaries than their equivalents in the U.S, according to Hay Group, a Philadelphia-based global consulting firm.

“Many multinationals we work with have been surprised by the compensation levels they meet, particularly for senior management pay,” said Nick Boulter, head of reward services at Hay Group, according to the statement. “A major factor in this equation has been the significant influx of investment by global corporations into emerging markets.”

Growth in emerging markets including China, Brazil, Indonesia and Poland has outpaced developed economies such as the U.S., Germany and Japan over the past 10 years, forcing global companies to boost salaries in order to attract highly-skilled recruits. China’s economy expanded 7.4 percent last quarter, compared with 2.3 percent growth in the U.S.

In the U.S. senior management salaries rose 38 percent between 2001 and 2011, according to Hay Group data. That compares with 247 percent growth in China and 181 percent in Brazil over the same period. While cash pay for managers in South Africa was 40 percent below the U.S. in 2001, last year the gap was 2 percent, according to Hay Group.

Senior managers in the U.S. averaged total cash compensation of $154,847 last year, 24 percent less than the $204,421 average paid in the U.A.E., Hay Group said.

The study was based on Hay Group’s PayNet database, which covers 14 million employees in 20,000 companies.

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