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Salary Guides & Guidance

Finding salary information to help you make a decision or negotiate for better pay isn't always easy. There's the problem of finding up-to-date and reliable data for your situation; then there's the problem of deciding if the data you are looking at is relevant to your situation; and finally, you've got to know how to use the information you've found wisely in negotiations - whether that means asking for a raise or a better compensation package when accepting a new job. This page provides links to a variety of online resources for comparing salary information, and for turning the statistics you find into actionable insights.

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Salary and Compensation Guides

Whether you want to compare salaries in job postings with industry medians, to check how reasonable the salary in your job offer is, or to present your case for a raise in your current position, online salary guides provide the hard data you'll need. And with resources like the ones listed in this section, the task of finding that data will be a lot easier for you. Take a look at this list of links to salary guide resources, and you're likely to find one that applies to your situation.

Evaluating Salary Data and Other Useful Guides

Finding the salary data you're looking for isn't necessarily the end of the process. You've still got to determine what that data means, and how it relates to all the factors of your own current situation. This actually isn't all that tricky, though, once you've got an idea for how to go about it. The links in this section will help you put the salary data you've found in the context of the job offer you've received, the cost of living in the area where the job is located, and other considerations that may have an impact on how you interpret the data you've found.