Research Salaries & Cost of Living
Salary research is conducted
- during career exploration, to develop realistic expectations about compensation
- before and during a job search, to benchmark for fair and equitable wages and salary negotiation
- in anticipation of promotion and salary renegotiation
Cost of living research contributes to determination of fair and equitable wages. This research is conducted
- to determine variations in living expenses from one region to another, when considering relocation for a job
- to help determine a realistic budget (the tool against which you evaluate whether a job offers a minimum acceptable salary)
Helpful links for Salary Research
- Basic list of expenses for budgeting (PDF)
- Salary.com: Cost of Living Wizard (compare two locations) »
- Relocation Essential: Cost of Living Comparison »
- American Institute of Economic Research: Cost of Living Calculator (compares two years) »
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Earnings report »
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Women's earnings as a percent of men's in 2012 »
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Women's earnings by occupation, 2011 »
- The WAGE Project: teaching women to achieve equal pay »
- National Association of Colleges and Employers: Salary Calculator »
- Salary.com: Salary Wizard »
- Indeed.com: Salary Search »
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