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
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.
Computer and Information Technology Salary Surveys
An article that summarizes a 2009 certification salary survey.
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.
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.
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.
The annual salary survey from Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine.
Current hourly rate and salary data randomly collected from independent contractors,
temps and direct employees working in IT.
Engineering Salary Surveys
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.
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.
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.
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.
Device and Diagnostics Industry
A collection of salary surveys for the industry and its subsectors, from Medical
Device + Diagnostic Industry Magazine.
Search the database by job title, function or degree at this job bank specializing
in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, science and healthcare jobs.
Nurse Practitioner Central summarizes benefits and low, high and average pay
from salary surveys. Access to the database costs a fee.
AORN, a professional organization of perioperative registered nurses, provides
an annual salary survey. Using the salary calculator requires membership.
View complimentary excerpts from the latest biannual salary survey, which costs
Surveys of those working in graduate departments of psychology and in other positions,
from the American Psychological Association.
Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
Merion Matters, publisher of ADVANCE Newsmagazines, summarizes salaries
various ways, such as by practice, education, experience, gender and U.S. region.
Salary survey results from Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruitment firm.
and Executive Compensation
A collection of articles, charts and such from Managed Care Magazine,
with the most recent listed at the top.
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
Results of an ongoing international GIS salary survey, listed by region, experience,
degree and job title. From GIS Jobs.
Sciences Faculty Salaries
Annual results by the American Mathematical Society.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists typically publishes salary-survey
results in articles with charts.
Collection of employment reports sometimes providing salary info, from the American
Institute of Physics.
U.S. Federal Government Salary Surveys
All about wages and benefits from the U.S. Department of Defense, Civilian Personnel
Management Service, Wage and Salary Division.
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.
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
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.
A large collection of salary-related links by JobStar, a service of the California
Public Library System.
Salary and Benefits
Free summary data for various industries and professions, as promo for the fee-based
reports from Abbott, Langer & Associates.
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.
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.
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.
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
Other Industries & Occupations Salary Surveys
and Finance Salary Guide
Robert Half International will let you download a free copy of the latest guide,
learn how they'll use your personal information.) Also provides a free salary
calculator with no stipulations.
Average salaries for technical writers, from the Society for Technical Communication.
Costs a fee to view, but costs less for members.