Human resources experts caution companies against using self-reported survey data as the basis for establishing employee compensation levels. Among the issues they cite are employees’ inherent biases. Workers looking at survey results to see how their compensation stacks up to what peers make should heed that same caution.

Surveys can be indicators, but results should be viewed in proper context. While some travel management compensation polls, like GBTA's and BTN’s, provide breakouts based on geography, title, experience and company size, these don't tell the whole story. Further complications relate to inconsistent job titles and . . .

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