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How Do You Research Salary Rates?


On the internet, it's not hard to research typical salaries for the kind of job you are interviewing or hiring for. Here are some sites that may give you just what you're looking for:—This internet address links 300 sites that maintain salary lists, and it's kept updated. is one of the largest and most complete lists of salary reviews on the web.—This is the most visited of salary-specific job sites, and it has a wide variety of information. has expanded over the years—use the navigation bar at the top to see its resources.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics—In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the BLS publishes and regularly updates a survey of salaries in individual occupations. You can opt for a print version as well.—There is plenty of information here on salaries, and it includes a free salary report for hundreds of job titles, varying by area, skill level and experience. This site also has some salary calculators.—You can search this site by location and job title or company.

Some other options

This sampling gives you a good start. In addition, there are a couple of other sites worthy of note:

At, the first screen provides job seekers with information on what they should be paid and it also gives employers information about new hire compensation.

Under these main links are reports: 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report, Gender Pay Gap and the 2017 Salary Negotiation Guide; it even navigates to compensation software to start paying employees, as it touts, "the right way."

PayScale explains that it "links individuals and businesses to the largest salary profile database in the world." Job seekers and employers can check out data about different countries, exploring thousands of jobs.

The site also offers this advice: Try a salary range rather than a specific number, and don't just take straight pay numbers into account; think about benefits. Both employers and employees should be ready to walk away if they can't agree on the full package.

At Salary Search, employers and job seekers are reminded that many salary tools use historic survey data, but culling current job openings is a better indicator. That kind of data is available at this website, or so it touts.

The site also brags that it's keyword-based, so you can search using any mix of skills, keywords or job titles to get the median salary of all jobs matching your query, using the rationale that skills or qualifications are more important than job titles.

Salary Search boasts that its information is extracted from more than 50 million job postings from sources in the past 12 months that are updated with fresh salary data automatically.

It's clear that whether you are a job seeker or an employer, there's a wealth of information available to the keen researcher who spends some time delving into salaries.


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