Whether you are negotiating your salary within in your current position or during the job search; it’s essential to determine your worth. Being prepared for the conversation will be beneficial for you and your employer. The first step to calculating your salary is to determine what your experience, knowledge and skill set is worth in the current job market. As much as we want to graduate college and enter the working world making $80,000- it is probably not realistic. The same goes for being in our position for 3 months and then asking for a huge raise. Understanding how your experience and education match up will enhance the negotiation process and get you paid what you’re worth.
These 7 tools are a great place to identify your worth and calculate your salary :
Ask industry mentors for their opinion on what someone with your experience in a specific industry could be making. This does not have to be a specific number but more of a range as companies may vary in their compensation packages. But asking people you know and trust and who know and your worth is a great place to start the process.
Know Your Worth (Glassdoor.com)
Glassdoor is one of the biggest free sites to find salary information and it is provided by the users themselves. They keep up with market and industry trends and information varies weekly. The site allows you to put in everything from location to industry to experience and then pulls a salary report.
This free and robust resource gives you a salary report based on your skills, knowledge, and experience after you answer a few survey questions. It even takes into consideration things outside of your actual salary. If you are currently interviewing they even have the function to evaluate an offer or compare your current job. Payscale takes it even further and allows you to do comparisons with other companies, location and educational background.
This newer tool is geared for more technology and start up positions. By registering for free, they give you a fair pay report and equity calculator. They also match you up with jobs based on experience and compensation and have the ability to rate your employer anonymously.
This tool is structured a little different from the others as it shows what your current salary could be as well as your future salary. It even gives you even more detailed information like bonuses and stock options and allows you to see top paying positions based on field of study, education, company size and industry.
Look at current job postings for similar positions in comparable areas and companies to see what the salary range is for that role. This can be a little tricky since positions may have wide ranges but it will give you an idea if you are in the ballpark. Make sure you are looking through the requirements for the role and be realistic about where you are in the job qualifications.
This resource has both free and paid options depending on what level of information you’re looking for. For free you can compare compensation, experience, education, industry, alternate job titles, and job descriptions. But if you want a personalized report, you will have to pay.