When it’s time for the annual performance review or annual raise, you need to know how to increase your employee’s pay correctly.

Generally, you will want to increase their pay by some percentage. The national average pay increase was expected to be 3% for 2013. The trend is to reward top performers with a higher than average pay raise and average workers with lower pay raises.

## Calculating the Percentage

We talked about percentage yesterday, in the post about calculating sales tax. Now we’ll relate percentage to pay increases. When your employee is ready for a pay increase, decide what percentage is fair and then do the following calculation:

(current rate)(percent increase)=(increase)

### Step 1: Convert the percentage into decimal form

You need to convert the percentage into a real number that you can use to multiply by the employee’s current pay rate. To do this, simply move the decimal two places to the left. For a 3% increase, you will use .03

### Step 2: Multiply the employee’s current pay rate by that decimal

If your employee makes $15/hour, then you have: 15x.03=.45. So your employee’s increase is 45 cents per hour. For an employee who makes a salary of $45,000/year, then you have: 45,000x.03=1,350. So your salaried employee’s pay increase is $1,350 per year.

## Why You Have to Convert the Percent

The percent symbol is used to tell you something about the number it sits beside. Percent means ‘parts per hundred’. So if a % sign sits beside a 3, it really means 3 parts per 100. You don’t need to know this to calculate a pay increase but it might help you to understand why you need to convert the percent into decimal form to begin with. 3% tells us we need to multiply our pay rate by 3 pieces of a hundred.

Do you remember what the decimal places mean? The first decimal place is the tenths place and the second is the hundredths place. This is why when we convert our percent we have to move two places – we have to open up the hundredths place.

Can you tell me I currently make 10:50 dollars an hour just got 3% pay raise what will my new hourly wage be.

Sure Kathy. I can help you. Find 3% of $10.50 per hour by multiplying 10.5 by .03. That equals .315. So your new hourly wage will be $10.50 + .315 = $10.815

I am getting a 2% raise at 11.35.57 an hour.this will be retro from November 2016.how much is this?

I make 9.76 anf gonna get a 2% raise how much will I make

Hello Beverly. Multiply your hourly rate by .02 and you get 19 cents. So your new hourly rate will be $9.95 per hour.

i need to figure the equation differently. at an increase of $.48 with a 3.5% increase what is the rate of pay before ?

Hi Johnny,

We can just plug in what we know to the formula and solve. Rate(%) = increase

R(.035) = .48

Now divide both sides by .035 to get R = .48/.035

R = 13.71

Hi if I make 19.28 HR and I got a 1.2% raise who much would I be making a hr

Hi Shana,

You’ll be making 23 cents more per hour so that will bring your hourly rate up to 19.51.

Hi I make $9.75 an hour and got a 1% pay raise. How much would that be?

Hi Sarah,

That would be a 9 cent raise.

So, a 3% increase from 3189 would be $95.67. Is that correct?

That is correct.

I make 10.25 and I just got a 25% raise how much will I make

10.50

You would make 12.81.

10.25 x .25= 2.5625, round that off to 2.56

2.56+ 10.25= 12.81

Get paid $15.25 what is 18% raise?

15.25*.18=2.74

Hello I make $16.50 an hour and I just got a $80.47 (3.0%)per month raise. How much will my new hourly pay be?

Currently paid $9.00 and my shift difference is.75 geting a 2% raise how much is that??

18.00 per hour for a 5% increase is?

Hello I make$14.90 a hour and will receive at 7.5% raise what will I make more?

Write a blog post showing how to calculate a pay rise – get a comment section full of people asking you to do it for them. Gotta love the internet!

If I have a 10% increase of 9.25 what will my new pay be ?

Hi if I make 11.18 and I’m getting a raise for 3.5 percent how much will I be making

if i received 824.00 a month and I’m getting an 3.0 percent increase in Jan what will i be getting each month

How do I figure 1.5% less per month. This year I am making 2018.30. I need last years figure.

Hi Kay,

This problem is a little different. Writing out the problem in words should help it make sense. 1.5% of your old salary was your raise last year so we are going to add that to your old salary to get your new salary.

(old salary) + 1.5%(old salary) = new salary

Let’s call the old salary x since we don’t know that value. And we’ll write 1.5% as a decimal to get:

x + .015x = 2018.30

Combine terms:

1.015x = 2018.30

Solve for x:

x = 2018.30/1.015

x = 1988.47

Last year’s salary was $1988.47

If I make 22.77 an hour and got a 3% increase how much will that be??

Hi

If I make 19.25 hr an 2.250 percent change would have my hourly rate at what amount?

I have an employee who makes $13.00 per hour. I want to increase her hourly rate to $15. What percentage of increase am I giving her

Plug in your numbers to the equation to get 13x=2.

Divide both sides by 13 to get .15

So it’s a 15% raise.

I make $53,610.00 per year, next year I am slated to receive a 26.03% increase. How much would my new annual salary be?

If I make $11.43 and I’m getting a 4% raise, what will my new pay be?

I make $9.50 a hr and got a 2% raise how much is that

Hello i make $9.00hr and just got a 2.5% raise how much would i be making on the hour now?…. Thanks!

I make 15.49 an hour and getting a 2.1% raise. What will my new hourly rate be.

Morning, I make 35.80 and hour, my increase is 2%, however my multiplyer is 3%. I’m not sure when/how I calculate the 3%. Is it 3% increase if my 2% raise? Thnx Tom

Hello I have a question if I make $15.12 an hour and my job is giving us a 9.5% wage increase how much money is that?

I make 15.00$ and i got a 4% pay increase what do i make now.

Can you help me if I was getting 10.62 a hour a now it’s say 10.830 a hour I much raised they gave me

I make 10.75/hr Sunday thru Thursday and make 11.25/hr Friday and Saturday I’m receiving a 2% raise how much will my pay be

Whats my pay raise by percentage rate. I made 21.00 hr and now I make 21.75 an hr . Whats my percentage of pay raise? I made 48,000 yeár salary/ bonuses included. Need to find out next years estimated salary…Please .

Hi Anthony,

That’s about a 3 and a half percent raise.

Hello I got a 7.5% pay increase and I get paid 17 an hour. Would that equal $18.27? Thank you for your help.

I’m getting a 10% increase I’m making 8.45 a hour

I am getting a 14.9% raise. I currently make 12.00. Then I will be getting the same raise 3 more times.

I make $15.45 an hour & getting a raise to 6.6% how much will that be?

If the raise is based on CPI how do I know how much the raise? CPI is 2.1%