A little blurb in the 22 September 2008 issue of Newsweek caught my eye. Linda Stern writes that younger workers are becoming more comfortable about sharing their salary information with friends and co-workers. She points out that it’s also possible to make more generalized salary comparisons using web tools like:
- Glassdoor.com, which allows employees to share salaries and review employers. (You must register to see details, though.)
- Salary.com, which offers a wide range of employment info, including an analysis of salaries for various positions.
- Payscale.com supplies free or premium salary reports. It also offers a variety of tools (like this cost-of-living calculator) and other resources.
- SalaryScout.com, “a network of users seeking fairness in compensation and benefits.” SalaryScout includes an interesting world map of salaries (which means, yes, that it’s not just for the U.S.).
I haven’t used any of these services (they’re not likely to have information for “professional blogger”), but they could be useful for many people. PayScale, in particular, seems to have a good balance of information and usability. I’ve wasted a fair amount of time paging through their 2008 college salary report, which includes topics like:
- Top salary potential by type of school
- Degrees that pay you back (Chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering…Hmm. Notice a trend?)
- Most popular jobs by degree (Number one for psych majors like me? “Administrative assistant” — Ouch!)
- Top salary potential by school location
There are other career-enhancement tools available on the web, too. For example, Indeed bills itself as the “search engine for jobs”.
Indeed gives job seekers free access to millions of employment opportunities from thousands of websites. Indeed.com includes all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages — and we continue to add new sites every day.
Meanwhile, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This free resource can tell you the training and education needed for various careers, typical earnings and job prospects, what workers do on the job, and more.
For more tips on how to boost your salary or find a better job, check out the Get Rich Slowly career category, which includes great posts like these:
- Reader success story: How I gave myself a raise
- Network your way to job security
- The informational interview: A job-hunter’s secret weapon
- How to quit your job gracefully
- Requesting (and receiving) the raise you deserve
- Salary secrets and myths
And, of course, always feel free to share your experiences here, and to the pick the brains of your fellow readers.
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