How to Find an Average Salary for a Job or Career

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Find an average salary for a job or career before making any decisions about changing jobs or entering a new field.
Do some homework online and see if the salary will be a step up for you.


If you are currently unemployed, any salary is a step up. Nevertheless, it is wise to think ahead to better times, and plan for your future career or job.

  • Write out your career interests.

    Think of the ways you would like to earn a living and areas of knowledge or training, and make a list of possible jobs or careers of interest. Include all jobs you believe you would like or could qualify for.

  • Check with reputable sites online.

    Find the United States government sites for the best reference and most accurate information. The federal government provides information as well as government jobs. Use their information to your advantage. See Resources below for links to the government job sites.

  • Search by state or zip code.

    Find an average salary for a job or career of interest by checking an area by zip code or by state. Since salaries vary from one state to another, find the most accurate job information for the area where you intend to work.

  • Use other websites to validate your results.

    Check with non-government sites, and actual job search websites to validate the information. Sites like Indeed provide a salary graph for different positions.

    Click on the Salary tab after completing the information for the career search. This graph will provide an average salary for a job or career of interest.

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