Why Employees Should Read Salary Guides

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Money matters. Especially when you’re looking for a new job. Many of us work for the job satisfaction — but even more work for the paycheck at the end of the week. If that’s not an argument for reviewing a salary guide before you take your next job, we don’t know what is.

So who should read salary guides? Everyone! Here's why...

Why Should I Read a Salary Guide?

If you’ve gone on Glassdoor to read the company profiles, you’ve looked at a salary guide. Salary guide websites are the employment equivalent of Amazon or Yelp — they allow you to see what other “buyers” think about the company you’re considering. When you realize how important the internal culture of a company is, these social media sites are incredibly valuable. Without this information, you increase your chances of making a bad decision about your next career move.

Here are some of the most interesting and informative employment review/salary guide websites:

  • Glassdoor.com

    We mentioned this site because it’s really a terrific job research tool. You can read anonymous reviews of a company and see how current/former employees rank the company. You’ll see basic salary information. You can also find tips on their interview process, including what kinds of questions HR managers ask.

  • Indeed.com

    This website has a tremendous amount of information for the job seeker, including company reviews from current and former employees.

  • Vault.com

    Subscribing to Vault unlocks employee rankings in areas such as “quality of life.” It will also allow you to access salary and benefits as well as other insider information that could be extremely helpful.

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The Importance of Salary Research

It’s a rare employee who doesn’t care about pay scale. It’s true that a source of resentment in the workplace can stem from feeling you are simply not paid enough. One way job seekers can avoid this is to sit down and create a budget of money in/money out. This exercise will help you know exactly the salary you must have in your next job. Taking a hard look at how much money you need to make is just as important as thinking clearly about the kind of job that will give you some work satisfaction. This will help you weed out positions that won’t meet the goals you’ve set for yourself.

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Finding the Right Salary Guide

There are lots of salary guides out there - but which one do you read? Some of them can be terribly confusing. One guide will say a Designer makes $30,000 while another says $130,000!

Which one is right?

Frustratingly, they both are! Salaries take a lot of variables into consideration: job title, position, experience, market, city, neighborhood, etc. So one national salary guide can't possibly do the job.

Artisan examined dozens of salary guides and extracted the best information online to create one go-to guide to salaries of creative jobs. Our "guide to the guides" explores salary ranges for digital, creative, and marketing jobs across three different market size groups. Check it out here.

Download The Salary Guide

The Power of Negotiation

But what if you’ve done the research, and it hasn’t panned out? Many times salary information is not listed as part of the job description, but most experts agree that this is a mistake that employers too often make.

If you’re a candidate and can’t find out the salary information in advance, it’s important to simply ask the Recruiter or HR manager before you jump through multiple hoops during the interview process. That way you won’t waste your time — or the employers’.

Headed to an interview and need to work on your negotiation skills? Check this article out.

And if you ever need anyone to bounce salary ideas off, contact us today - one of our Recruiters will be happy to help!

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