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Salary Surveys and Geographic COLA Comparisons

What is the appropriate compensation package for any of 30,000-plus job titles, and how do those salaries vary by location? You don't necessarily have to buy an expensive compensation analyst's report or the licensed applications updated annually by companies like ERISS, Economic Research Institute, CompGeo or Abbott-Langer (also the comprehensive list of thousands of job titles from Culpepper grouped by job family is great, even if you don't subscribe to them). Try these free resources first:

Salary Surveys

  • SalaryExpert.com is arguably the most comprehensive free salary site, breaking down compensation data by location, etc., for over 32,000 job titles. You do need to download the Full Version mini-app from their homepage, however, for the expanded job title list data.
  • Salary.com is one of the most comprehensive, and breaks down compensation by bonus, options and salary for thousands of job titles in most metro areas. Their calculator is syndicated for use on many career web sites.
  • Jobstar links to over 300 salary surveys on the web
  • CareerJournal, the career site from the Wall Street Journal has fairly current, varied data from authoritative sources.
  • Computer Industry Salary Survey - The 2001 survey was conducted by Dowden & Company, a compensation research firm based in Pennsylvania, for about 25 job titles in the industry, broken down by U.S. region.
  • ComputerJobs also links to various computer industry salary data.
  • BestJobsUSA - Broken down by industry, the 2001 surveys are in PDF format.
  • Monster.com Salary Center is powered by data from staffing firm Robert Half International.
  • Pencom lets you select your location, industry, job title and years of experience and displays salary results free.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics - OES is a Federal Government entity that tracks employment data, in turn used by many of the fee-based salary services.
  • WageWeb has free compensation data for hundreds of jobs, but access to the database which allows you to sort data based upon geography, industry, or company size is fee-based.
  • VerticalNet runs sites for dozens of different niche industries, from baking to semiconductors. If you click the Job Search link on any of these sites, then click the Salary Survey link on that page, you can contribute and then receive salary data, such as for the Oil and Gas industry.

Geographic cost of living comparison engines

  • Data Masters - Cost-of-living comparisons for the current year for 400 U.S. cities and metro areas.
  • Homefair - creators of the first widely-syndicated Web version of the geographic salary comparison calculator, they now offer numerous Web-based calculators.


This is an abbreviated version of the corresponding content from our popular Advanced Online Recruiting Techniques course, explaining methods and resources applicable to recruiting in any industry, function, geography or level. Learn more about or register for our live seminar or online course! Or return to free sample content.

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