Salary data is seldom simple to research.  Below are several resources that can give you a baseline as you consider your salary expectations (e.g. self reported data), as well as resources for negiotiating your salary (e.g. government data).

Salary surveys for benchmarking - self reported salary data - filter by degree, program type, location, and more.  Free registration required.

Indeed's Salary Search - browse salaries posted in jobs to get an idea of the range in your target city and industry. - high level information available free, specific reports available for fee. Search or browse their salary calculator by job function, experience level, or geography.   They include entry level to senior level position data.  

Robert Half International - The research tab has a variety of PDFs available to download, including annual PDF salary guides that cover Finance & Accounting, IT, and more.

American Salaries and Wages Survey - BUS REF HD4973.A67

Job Seekers Salary Calculator  salary information from NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

This GBS link allows immediate access to the salary data without needing to register first.

glassdoor access button

Glassdoor includes self reported salary and bonuses and details for specific jobs at specific companies, as well as actual interview questions and hiring process details.

Salary Data from the top 25 MBA programs

Government resources: Salary data from the BLS

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes a variety of salary data.

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

For detailed data, review the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics.  These include survey data sets for state and metro area salary data covering over 800 occupations.  An easy way to browse to this data is with O*Net.  Search your profession of interest, and then click on the salaries tab in the result. 

Consider their customizable 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."
Tip - the data opens in a pop up window, so make sure your pop up blocker is turned off!

BLS also provides some great regional compensation charts that are also quite helpful.

Review the following publication: National Compensation Survey: Occupational Wages in the United States

Maximize Going Global for your salary research

Going Global provides data from the BLS on those companies who have applied to sponsor H1Bs.  This can be useful in salary negotiation, as the  prevailing wage is one of the fields reported in that data.

Although this wage does not include an individual's specific details,  you can easily browse job titles and salaries to get an idea of what the range is in a firm. 

Check out these search tips for Going Global.

You can also browse the BLS's Wage Data and the Foreign Labor Certification Database salary data sets. 

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?

Learn more about where you're thinking about living! 

Salary Negotiation

Negotiation Tips: Career Journal from the Wall Street Journal - Insider Guide to Negotiating Your Salary and Perks