NEW YORK: PRWeek's 2003 Salary Survey is now underway. Each year, the survey uncovers trends in compensation across the PR industry.The data has been particularly revealing during the past few years, as the effects of the weakened economy were increasingly felt across job levels. As we reported last March, pay freezes were common in the post-dot-com chill, and average compensation was down 0.2% over the previous year. That was quite a change from the 12 months leading up to March 2000, when an average 7.9% increase in compensation was reported. More seasoned pros were hit harder by the declines, with salaries decreasing an average of 6% among those between ages 35 and 44, compared to an increase of 2% for those under 34. The industry workforce also felt insecure last year, with 21% saying they thought their jobs were under threat from either downsizing or M&A activity. Subscribers can read last year's survey at www.prweek. com. To take the 2003 PRWeek Salary Survey, please click here.