How to Find Out How Much a Specific Job Will Pay?

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The job posting you just read sounds perfect. Now, the question is whether you can live on the job's salary. Research before you go into an interview to learn how much the job pays. The company or organization hiring may publish salary information. You can also find the salary range from other sources such as online salary surveys. Remember to factor in your experience and education as you research the job's salary.

  • Read the job announcement. A salary range or base salary may be included. You can also read similar job listings from the same geographic area to find out a basic salary range.

  • Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook website (see Resources). Enter the exact job title into the site's search function. It is possible to search for salary information by region as well as by industry.

  • Request the salary for the position during an interview. It is best to wait to do this until the second interview. You may also be told in the first interview what the salary will be. You can also call the hiring organization directly to ask. Human resource departments may be willing to tell you what the salary range is for a specific job title before you apply.

  • Talk to recruiting and placement agencies to find out what the salary range is for the same job title in the job's geographic area. Ask colleagues in the same industry to get an idea of how much the job pays.

  • Look up the salary based on your education and experience, company and geographic area on a salary survey site. You may need to pay a fee for this kind of specific information, depending on the site. Some salary survey sites include GlassDoor, PayScale and Vault (see Resources).

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