Thinking about searching for a new job? Find out the salary you should expect!

Whether you’re looking to make a lateral move to another department at your current employer, or looking to climb the ladder by moving to another business, conduct some research in advance using our salary checker. This way, it’s easier to form a plan of action and make an informed decision. Because you know what pay to expect, it ensures you don’t get too high or low, mentally speaking, if you’re offered a competitive salary. Also, knowing what a certain position in a particular region makes at a small, medium or large company gives you a bit of extra knowledge during salary negotiations. And that knowledge is likely to manifest itself in the form of confidence during interviews.

Speaking of salary negotiations, let your potential employer bring it up first.

When interviewing—either digitally via phone or video, or in person—don’t talk about salary until the timing is right. When’s the timing right? Well, usually the later the better. Keep the initial part of the interview phase about questions and answers from both parties. It’s a learning experience. Later in the interview phase, once both parties have gotten to know one another and it appears there’s mutual interest, it’s OK to talk pay. You can even ask for a pay range and then express what you have in mind in return. And, of course, if an offer is on the table, it should always include a specific pay number. That’s base pay, plus any incentive or bonus pay depending on the position and your performance.

It helps to analyze the labor market to know if you or your potential employer has leverage.

Things have shifted. After the recession in 2008, companies had the upper hand. The unemployment rate was high (around 10%) and tons of people were looking for work. Fast forward to today. The unemployment rate is near record lows (around 4%) and far less people are looking for work. Today, it’s much more difficult for employers to find qualified candidates. Yes, that’s a blanket statement, but it’s true across most geographic areas and in most industries. Regardless, it’s always a good bet to research your specific area and industry. Determine how much companies are struggling to find talent. Even how much they’re willing to compromise—and pay—someone like you with our salary finder!

Sell your soft skills in order to earn some generous “pay for potential.”

A trend in today’s hiring world centers around companies loosening their hiring requirements. It makes sense, because there are smaller talent pools from which to hire. For instance, companies might accept three years of experience instead of five, an associate’s degree instead of a bachelor’s degree, or even the right soft skills without the right hard skills. What exactly does that mean? Well, soft skills are things you basically inherently have. They’re tough to learn. Skills like adaptability, communication, leadership, organization and sympathy. Hard skills are more job specific and learnable, such as knowledge of technology or very particular experience. The thing is, if you possess the right soft skills, companies are more willing to hire you—even pay you more—and teach you particular hard skills later. They’re essentially paying you well for your soft skills and the endless potential they offer.

Salaries shown in the calculator are based on average annual pay for full-time positions and do not serve as a guarantee that you will earn the amount you calculate.

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It couldn’t be easier to find average salaries for the job you currently have, or the job you really want. Simply select a job title, a location and click search, and we’ll deliver comprehensive salary insight that includes salary ranges, total cash compensation and variances by company size.