Every year a local recruiting firm freely offers up the results of their salary survey. I love checking out these surveys and seeing how I measure up. Looks like I’m currently where I should be considering my category and compensation factors.
Prior to my current job I hadn’t been getting paid what I should have been according to these surveys. I was pretty naive when taking job offers early in my career and didn’t counter-offer once. That’s because I didn’t really know what I should be making. I just took what they were giving. To get me up to the appropriate level I eventually had to switch jobs because my employer at the time wasn’t willing to bump me up quick enough. Luckily it didn’t mean a big change for my Mrs. PT and I.
Of course, in your career, salary isn’t the only factor. You have to factor in the obvious: location, job satisfaction, benefits, growth potential, company strength, ect. However, all things being equal, you need to get the best salary that the market will pay. These salary surveys can give you an idea of what that is. Find out what you should be making at PayScale.com or Salary.com. If you’re in my market (North Texas) and in Finance or Accounting, visit QARecruiting.com. Lastly, check out my story with Getting a Job in my 10 Things series.
Are you making what you should be? Let me know in the comments below.