Researching Salary for Your Job Target

Salary research

Here are online resources to find salary information for your target position:

At this helpful site, the Salary Wizard allows you to designate the desired geographic area and a specific job title instead of a general category. The website gives low, median, and high salaries for each job title and can personalize results based on your specific qualifications.

Glassdoor is a “growing database of over 8 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos, and more. Unlike other job sites, all this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees.”

Understand your earning potential based on location, role, and years of experience. Enter your salary to get a personalized report about the average pay for your job with the Indeed Salary Calculator.

Labor Market Survey

You can also conduct a labor market survey to obtain accurate salary information for your geographic area. A labor market survey consists of calling five to ten employers who would hire people for the position you are targeting. Ask them how often they have positions open and the approximate salary range for the job when they do have positions open. By surveying several employers, you can determine an appropriate salary range for the position you are applying for.


The O*NET is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. For over 900 jobs, you can find “Wages & Employment Trends” for your research.

Job Seekers Salary Calculator

Here is a Job Seeker Salary Calculator that uses information from O*NET. Enter a job title, provide location information, and enter your education and years of education. The calculator will then provide you with a salary range.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government’s premier source of career guidance, featuring hundreds of occupations. It is updated with information every two years, including the median pay for those occupations.