When researching salaries for a particular occupation, try several of these sources. Each has its strengths and weaknesses; therefore, obtaining a composite view should be more helpful and provide better accuracy. If you are seeking information on starting salaries for a new graduate, you will want to look at the values in the lower percentiles of salary range. Another useful salary source is to use a job board, such as indeed.com, and search for the position you are interested in. Review the results for salary information.
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Below are some resources to get you started:
CareerOneStop (See Wages and Salaries section on this page)
Search for salary information in the following ways:
Search by occupation title and then refine it to a specific state or even a state region. This also provides national wage information.
View the Top 50 Highest Paying Occupations by nation or by state.
This provides a feature to compare occupation wages by metropolitan areas.
(National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (State Data Source: The Labor Market Information Office within the State Employment Security Agency)
NACE Salary Calculator
Search by specific region of a state. You will also enter occupation title, years of experience and education details.
(The NACE Salary Calculator is provided in partnership with Job Search Intelligence (JSI). Using patents-pending algorithms, the calculator creates compensation values from datasets which are proprietary to JSI and are derived from: U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Federal Reserve and proprietary resources.)
Payscale.com and Salary.com
These are websites often used for salary sources in various publications. Although you may be prompted to sign-up or possibly to pay a fee, you should not have to do this to see the information.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Search for a list of occupations by salary ranges. Find specific occupations by title and view the median annual salary. (National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey)
Search for salary information by job title or company and city. Data is limited and based on information submitted by employees in this field or in the company.
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