Does this salary seem low?

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I see this question getting asked a lot, particularly when someone is moving to a new area and is unsure of the going rates. Here’s a simple way to tell if that salary offer is reasonable.

You can get a quick and dirty estimate for how much you’re worth in another market in the US by going to Glassdoor. Follow these easy steps to go in to an interview armed with the knowledge you need to know if you’re being low-balled or if the offer is a generous one.

I would recommend doing this prior to moving to a new area, but at the very least, do it prior to the interview!

First, go to Glassdoor. You’ll be prompted to log in or create a password, but you don’t actually need to do this. Scroll down to the “Explore Glassdoor” section. (These instructions may become outdated once Glassdoor changes their front page, so you may need to poke around in case these instructions no longer match up once you’re reading this.)

I’m going to look at Denver jobs today. How do they stack up to the jobs in my area, Arlington?

Next, put in the job title you’re looking for. Don’t agonize too much over the exact title – you’ll get a chance to pick similar titles in a second. For now, I’ll put IT Support Specialist.

Voila! A quick and dirty estimate! I can expect roughly $55,000 per year, which is 7% above the national average. The low end of the scale is $41,000, and the high end is $75,000. (That would most likely be with lots of experience.) To the right, you see similar job titles in case there is one that better matches your skills.

But what if I have, say, two years of experience? Are those numbers still realistic? Use the drop down to select your experience.

And there you have it. These numbers are based on 59 salaries, which is not a lot, but you can still get an idea of what to expect.

The average is $48,000 per year with one to three years of experience. So, with two years of experience, if I were offered, say, $45,000, that would be about right.

Happy job hunting!

Author: Silicon Wanderer

I'm a merry wanderer on the path to financial independence through IT. I'm doing it, and I want to show you how you can to!

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