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Salary Surveys

Link to free salary surveys organized by ever-evolving categories, based on what's available on the Web. It's important to note that, while they might be better than nothing, many free salary surveys are inaccurate.

That's because the data are usually collected randomly and unscientifically, such as from job seekers while they're visiting job banks.

Accurate, timely salary surveys usually cost, because the compensation data firms that conduct them incur expenses from collecting data scientifically.

If you want a current, accurate, detailed report to assist you in salary negotiations, you'll likely need to buy one. But, before you buy, read about the methodology used.

The most reliable data is collected scientifically from employers, at least once per year. If the methodology is not offered or seems unscientific (e.g., collected randomly from volunteer job seekers), don't pay for the salary survey. If it's a freebie, don't take the data seriously.

WorldatWork, a nonprofit professional association, sets the standards for collecting salary data. So, any salary survey that adheres to its standards is likely to be reliable. To give you a choice, we've provided both free surveys and fee-based reports under each category below.

For tips about using salary surveys, read the article "Mining the Web to See What You're Worth" by WorldatWork, from BusinesWeek. See Salary Calculators for online gizmos that "calculate" national or regional averages.

Salary Survey Categories
Computer | Engineering | Health Care
Science | Government | Multiple | Other

Computer and Information Technology Salary Surveys

Certification Magazine
An article that summarizes a 2009 certification salary survey.

Computerworld
Annual IT salary survey for 2010 plus related articles. Provides a Smart Salary Tool to compare your pay with other IT workers across the U.S.

Dice
Key trends in IT income plus average salaries for 2010-11 and previous years listed several ways, such as by skills, experience, company size, geography and job title.

Just Tech Jobs
Select your occupation to see the median salary nationally, and then narrow it down by state and metro area. The latest data at this writing was from 2009.

Microsoft Certification
The annual salary survey from Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine.

Real Rates
Current hourly rate and salary data randomly collected from independent contractors, temps and direct employees working in IT.

Engineering Salary Surveys

Engineering Income and Salary Survey
A small collection of articles plus continuously-updated survey results from the National Society of Professional Engineers. The survey is free for NSPE members who participate in the survey, but will cost all others.

Engineering Salary Survey by Email
The Think Energy Group, an engineering staffing company, sends salary surveys by email for a vast array of engineering disciplines and job titles.

Salary Survey For Engineers
An ongoing salary survey by the Internet Engineering Center for the USA and other countries. Participate in the survey and/or chart what others have submitted.

Structural Engineering Salary Survey
The Structural Engineers Association International (SEAINT) has been conducting a worldwide salary survey. Query the survey database or select one of the standard salary reports. Participate if you wish.

Health Care Salary Surveys

Certified Dental Assistants
Scroll down the homepage of the Dental Assisting National Board, for a link to the latest salary survey results.

Medical Device and Diagnostics Industry
A collection of salary surveys for the industry and its subsectors, from Medical Device + Diagnostic Industry Magazine.

MedZilla Salary Database
Search the database by job title, function or degree at this job bank specializing in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, science and healthcare jobs.

Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioner Central summarizes benefits and low, high and average pay from salary surveys. Access to the database costs a fee.

Nurses, Perioperative
AORN, a professional organization of perioperative registered nurses, provides an annual salary survey. Using the salary calculator requires membership.

Pharmacy Week
View complimentary excerpts from the latest biannual salary survey, which costs a fee.

Psychology
Surveys of those working in graduate departments of psychology and in other positions, from the American Psychological Association.

Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
Merion Matters, publisher of ADVANCE Newsmagazines, summarizes salaries various ways, such as by practice, education, experience, gender and U.S. region.

Physician Compensation
Salary survey results from Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruitment firm.

Physician and Executive Compensation
A collection of articles, charts and such from Managed Care Magazine, with the most recent listed at the top.

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
The latest among annual salary surveys that you may download, but you must first register for a free account. From Merion Matters, publisher of ADVANCE Newsmagazines.

Science Salary Surveys

Geographic Information System
Results of an ongoing international GIS salary survey, listed by region, experience, degree and job title. From GIS Jobs.

Mathematical Sciences Faculty Salaries
Annual results by the American Mathematical Society.

Petroleum Geologists
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists typically publishes salary-survey results in articles with charts.

Physicists
Collection of employment reports sometimes providing salary info, from the American Institute of Physics.

U.S. Federal Government Salary Surveys

Civilian Military Personnel Pay
All about wages and benefits from the U.S. Department of Defense, Civilian Personnel Management Service, Wage and Salary Division.

Federal Job Pay and Leave
Salary and wage tables, locality cost of living adjustments (COLA), pay by work schedule (holidays, weekends, travel, etc.), leave policies, and other info for government jobs. Provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Military Pay and Benefits
What everybody really wants to know before joining, courtesy of Military Compensation, an official government Web site. Includes current active-duty and reserve pay tables, housing and subsistence allowances, retirement pay calculators, the variety of benefits available, and savings plans.

Multiple Industries & Occupations Salary Surveys

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This popular annual publication from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, explains the nature of the work, job outlook and earnings for dozens of occupations.

Profession-Specific Salary Surveys
A large collection of salary-related links by JobStar, a service of the California Public Library System.

Salary and Benefits Survey Summaries
Free summary data for various industries and professions, as promo for the fee-based reports from Abbott, Langer & Associates.

Salary Guide
Tells you what you should be making according to geography, industry, title and experience, for a few industries. Since they also ask for your current salary, we suspect they're collecting data too, though they don't say. However, they don't ask for personal info until the end, if you want to allow them to "better serve you" and sign up for their newsletters. (No privacy-policy link shown.) From Pencom, Technical and Scientific Recruiters.

Starting Salary and Job Market Information
A collection of articles, facts, figures and charts from JobWeb for college students and recent grads, run by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Wages, Earnings and Benefits
Surveys by geographic area, occupation and industry, and in some cases age, sex or union membership. Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wages and Trends
Search and print wage info by occupation and state. Courtesy of America's Career InfoNet, associated with the U.S. Department of Labor and your state's unemployment office.

Other Industries & Occupations Salary Surveys

Accounting and Finance Salary Guide
Robert Half International will let you download a free copy of the latest guide, if you complete a rather nosey registration form. (Read the Privacy Policy to learn how they'll use your personal information.) Also provides a free salary calculator with no stipulations.

Technical Communicators
Average salaries for technical writers, from the Society for Technical Communication. Costs a fee to view, but costs less for members.

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