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02/06/07
Interviewing: Salary data
Filed under: Recent Posts
Posted by: site admin @ 1:14 pm

Salary was addressed in an earlier inquiry on
6-29-06 in response to comparative offers among
colleagues and one received by a member.  I wish
to bring up a nice follow-up article on “Salary data”
by Perri Capell, “Where to find salary data for your
next job interview.”   
Http://www.careerjournal.com/columnists/qanda/salaryissues/20070206-qandasalaryissues.hteml?cjposhome_whatsnew_major

Perri points to several useful sites, besides the
salary comparator from the ACS
https://acswebapplications.acs.org/applications/acscomparator/Page01action.cfm
or
https://acswebapplications.acs.org/applications/acscomparator/Page03.cfm?SessionID=ACS4721062

This is one place that might offer help since there
is the potential for many respondents from the
society.  However, the information might not
include bonuses, options,  and have a realistic
cross-checking mechanism.  One always
wonders about the “currentness” of surveys
like this.

A thought is to consider several such calculators
and learn from them all.  Perri lists:
  salary calculator at CareerJournal.com  (see the
article)
  salaryexpert.com, be aware of limited sets of
titles
  indeed.com, which pulls data from newspapers,
professional organizations, job sites.
  payscale.com

Perri’s caveats at the end of the article are “clinchers”
for me.  (ie, worth reading!)
-  If you really like the company, coming up a few
thousand dollars is not a large deal.
-  Another approach to responding is offered by
Thomas Williams:  Don’t quote a figure.  Specify
how you are currently compensated, then advise
them that most people would like to advance
their earnings potential throughout their career and
that salary is only one factor you are considering
as you explore new opportunities.  You are
confident that if both you and the employer think
this is right for both that you will be made a good
and fair offer. 

If pressed to provide a number, Williams
suggests, that you should indicate you are not
prepared to do so and wish to receive a formal
offer if they think you are the right candidate.

How do you feel about this tactic?

Dan

One Response to “Interviewing: Salary data”

  1. site admin Says:
    Dan,

    Another consideration that is not often factored
    into the salary surveys is the “real cost of living”
    in an area.

    This translates to being able to accept a lower
    salary and yet have your family live quite
    comfortably in an area.

    Geo

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