Benchmarking Compensation Data

Self Reported Data

Company & Industry Collected Data

Salary Data from the top 25 MBA programs

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary data includes:  

A salary calculator using BLs data is available via GoodCalculators: Salary Calculator by State. 

For more detail, review the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics.  This survey data for state and metro areas covers 800 occupations. 

  • Quick browse: O*Net.  Search your profession of interest, and then click on the salaries tab in the result.
  • Detailed search: salary survey form:
1. select an area
2. select a category (for example: Executive, administrators and managers)
3. chose a level (the "get help" is great for this)
4. add the choices to your selection and then click "get data."  The data opens in a pop up window, so make sure your pop up blocker is turned off!

SEC Median Salary Disclosure Data

Starting in 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided interpretive guidance to assist companies' with compensation ratio disclosure data required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Harvard Law School's Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation  provides analysis on pay ratios by industry as well. 

H1B Visas & Prevailing Wage Data

The US Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) Data Center 's Case Disclosure Files provide a list of firms who have applied to sponsor H1B visas in the past (choose the Disclosure Data tab).   The compensation data included in this file is based on prevailing wage data.  

You may download the raw data in Excel (149 MB) to sort and filter as you wish via the file structure.  

Relocating? Cost of living data

Remember to take cost of living into account when considering a salary!  Large city vs suburb, Northeast vs Southwest....

Looking internationally?

Recommended Books and Journals

How to Be an Ace Salary Negotiator (Even if You Hate Conflict) from the New York Times

Negotiation Tips: Career Journal from the Wall Street Journal

How to Negotiate Salary: Wall Street Journal 

Asher Associates:  The Ins and Outs of Negotiations: A Q&A with Donald Asher