How Does Your Salary Measure Up? Find Out for Free!


salaryEverybody knows that you’re not supposed to discuss salary at work, right? It can cause tension in the office and even get you fired. So how do you know if you’re getting paid what your worth? Once again, it’s the worldwide web to the rescue!

Here are seven FREE sources to help you determine if you’re where you’re supposed to be, compensation-wise:

 

CBSalary.com (a.k.a, CareerBuilder)

This is a very user-friendly site that will also provide you with the basic information you want. You’ll have to deal with the ads they’ll throw your way, but you’ll ultimately get the information you want.

 

Salary.com

This is probably the most popular salary analysis tool, even though it’s quite basic. It will provide salary information based on your position and location, but also gives the option of adding education and experience. It’s important when ever you use any of these salary tools that you be as specific as possible, especially in regard to title and experience. Any of these variables could change the results substantially.

 

The New York Time Salary Comparison and Salary Calculator

This site will include a list of open positions comparable to the one you now haveâ”a significant benefit if you’re in the market for a new job (perhaps because the site indicated that you’re way underpaid where you are now!).

 

Salary Expert

Salary Expert offers an executive salary calculator, which is a valuable feature to have if you’re in that position. Executive positions aren’t always as cookie cutter❠as other job categories and may need special handling.

 

Monster.com

I find this site to be a bit confusing, but it does have value. Monster’s salary tool provides the estimated salary range for actual open jobs. That can be a real advantage if you’re looking for salary information for a new job, and also as a basis of comparison for the job you’re on right now. You’ll have to pay for information that’s more personal in natureâ”which I didn’t do since I could get the information free elsewhere.

 

BLR Salary Search

This site will give you the information you’re looking for, but it first collects your email address for the purpose of sending you the report. It’s a good bet you’ll be a regular on their mailing lists once you use the service, so before taking what they’re offering, be sure you’re OK with having a future relationshipâ. One of the benefits of this site is that it also provides reports for employers and human resources professionals. If you’re a recruiter or if you have staff in your business, this is an added resource.

 

Payscale

This site is not quick but the information you’ll get will be very specific to the salary for your position. The site makes you complete several pages of questions (which is why it isn’t quick), including questions regarding your background and benefits level. But what you’ll have once you’re done may be the most accurate estimate of the income level you should be earning.

 

Give it a try

Since there are several different sites that will provide you with salary information, it might be best to use three or four and average the results. Some of the sites will put you on an email list for future bombardment, most will hit you with ads for unrelated products while you are waiting for needed pages to download, and all will try to up-sell you into a paid upgrade. But that’s OK. Think of the unwelcome intrusions as the price you have to pay to get the free information you need.

photo by Andres Rueda

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With backgrounds in both accounting and the mortgage industry, Kevin Mercadante is professional personal finance blogger, and the owner of OutOfYourRut.com, a website about careers, business ideas, money and more. A committed Christian, he lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage kids.

Kevin

With backgrounds in both accounting and the mortgage industry, Kevin Mercadante is professional personal finance blogger, and the owner of OutOfYourRut.com, a website about careers, business ideas, money and more. A committed Christian, he lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage kids.

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