Working Harder

Compensation among jewelers nationwide in 2002 didn't change much from 2001, according to results of JCK's most recent salary survey, but many employees were compelled to work harder for whatever increases they did get. A year ago, of course, the number of those out of work was climbing (700,000 lost their jobs in 2002, according to government figures), and war in Iraq was pending—which might help explain why jewelers were forced to control costs the way they did. Total pay for all job titles, for all stores, increased. General sales associates, vice presidents, and assistant managers in particular saw the biggest gains, with 27%, 22%, and 20% increases, respectively. All other positions enjoyed reasonable financial gains (see chart "Total Pay Differences 2001-2002"). The survey's key finding however, is how these employees ultimately got their increases. Base pay for upper manager
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