Site Description: Salary.com offers compensation information by providing industry specific-links to a variety of salary surveys and sources. In addition to being a valuable source for competitive job pricing information, it is an excellent resource for individuals to find out the market value for their job, search for job opportunities, and educate themselves about how to become more marketable. The site also does a fine job of explaining the importance of identifying and understanding the components, other than base salary, which comprise total compensation.
Directions for exploring the site: Enter your job title or keyword into the search field (you can also add a location). If you are currently unemployed, use your previous job or a job you hope to have after graduation. The site will provide a list of different jobs that meet your title/keyword. Brief descriptions are also provided to help you figure out which one matches the best. You can select up to 3 jobs to compare salaries. You’ll have to click the job title (or if comparing multiple jobs, the “free salary data”) to see the results.
How does your current salary compare to the national averages? What is the closest percentile (10, 25, 50, 75, or 90)? If currently, unemployed, what are the salary levels at the 25, 50, and 75 quartiles?
Has this research changed your level of satisfaction with your salary? If yes, how? If no, why not?
Much of the information presented at this site is targeted toward job seekers or employees. In what ways is this information specifically relevant for organizations and managers?
What did you think of the information/resources presented under the “Articles” section (under Personal menu tab)? Which recommendations/resources did you like most and least? Was the information sound? Was it useful? What additional topics do you think they should add?