In announcing its 16th annual compensation study Tuesday, the Cable & Telecommunications Human Resources Association said the pay practices of the cable industry, which is "under great pressure in terms of financial scrutiny, growth, mergers and acquisitions," have "not changed materially over the past 12 months."
The CTHRA, through The Croner Co., investigated 234 positions for this year's study, which included 90 cable programmers and 14 operators, including nine of the top 10 MSOs.
Among MSOs, the association found, merit raises dipped about 1 percent from last year. The most highly compensated employees were those involving high-speed-data specialties, the CTHRA added.
For both programmers and MSOs, bonuses paid this year were about 80 percent of targeted salary-budget projections, both down from last year, but particularly in the case of MSOs.
"As MSOs and programmers hire more individuals with Internet experience, we must benchmark those positions against those found in Internet companies," CTHRA president Jack Jackson (who is vice president of administration and HR at C-SPAN) said in a prepared statement.
The CTHRA -- which called its annual compensation report "the premier compensation reference manual for employers in today's rapidly changing cable industry" -- plans to discuss its latest results on compensation, as well as other HR issues, at a special "Ask the Experts" education session Dec. 5 at the Western Show, Broadband Plus, in Anaheim, Calif.