The 8 Best Tools to Calculate Your Salary + Know Your Worth

The 8 Best Tools to Calculate Your Salary + Know Your Worth

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PayScale

PayScale is a salary calculator that provides a free salary report based on information about you. PayScale pulls data from website visitors who add their salaries and roles as well as from employers representing over 40 industries. Their data pool is large and grows all the time. How It Works: First, PayScale asks specific questions about 

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your job title, education, skills, location, and experience in a short survey.  Then, you receive a pay snapshot that shows how your total pay (including things like bonuses and overtime pay) compares to people in the same job at a similar company with a similar background and cost of living as you.

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The Salary Project™

The Salary Project™ lets you navigate a database of over 60,000 salaries from women across the globe, to give you a personalized experience so that you can look at salary research that's relevant to you.  You can see real salaries from women working in your state, city, dream industry, current role, and more.

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The Salary Project™

How It Works: First, you’ll complete a 10-question survey about your own experience and salary. This information is added to our anonymous database and will be used to help others compare salaries as well.  Then, you’ll see a personalized salary report that shows you how your salary compares to others that have been 

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The Salary Project™

submitted to The Salary Project™. You can also complete one more quick, anonymous survey and then view the entire The Salary Project™ database, which includes thousands of salaries that you can filter through.

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Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth

Glassdoor has always offered salary information about companies or by position (numbers provided directly from Glassdoor users themselves), but their Know Your Worth tool can help you understand your potential earnings better. It provides a personalized salary calculator that gives you a “custom salary estimate” with your location, experience level, and other 

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Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth

important factors taken into account. How It Works: Enter your employer, location, job title, years of experience, and current salary, and Know Your Worth will use an algorithm that factors in salary reports and market trends (not counting bonus compensation) to give you a base figure you should be earning.

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Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth

This tool also reveals how this figure would change if you moved to a different city or gained more experience. Don’t like the figure?  Because this tool is on Glassdoor, it’s easy to start job hunting right then and there—especially since it lists job openings underneath the results. Also, since the figure relies on the market, make 

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Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth

sure to check your worth often because it can change weekly.

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Salary.com Salary Tool

Salary.com has an extensive list of all positions in a field, including required skills and—surprise—salary details. You can filter salary data by categories, industry, and income levels.  Their Salary Wizard tool allows you to search via job title and compare information from their database to your own potential or current salary. It even 

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Salary.com Salary Tool

includes benefit comparisons, average time off, bonus amounts, and cost-of-living calculators. Since Salary.com is one of the original compensation sites, it also contains a lot of great information, including an active blog and advice on all things money and jobs. How It Works: Salary.com’s Salary Tool provides a couple 

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Salary.com Salary Tool

of easy ways to search. You can research via job title alone, or you can enter in your own role and location and it automatically provides you a personal salary breakdown as well as breakdown of benefit options. The official salary report includes worksheets that will help you calculate numbers that are right for you, in the event that you’re negotiating a salary or raise.

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LinkedIn Salary

LinkedIn Salary is a game-changer to the selection of salary tools. It calls upon its network of more than 800 million-plus members to provide compensation insights. It not only shows the base salary of any given job title but includes details such as stock and annual bonus. It also shows users' top paying locations, industries, degrees, 

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LinkedIn Salary

and companies and highlights how company size can affect your pay. Even better, this tool also offers a look at the future by providing details on how users can expect their salary to change based on current and future experience in the field. How It Works: To view their compensation insights, you’ll first need to submit your salary data to their database. Then, 

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LinkedIn Salary

you’ll add your skills and level of experience. Once you’ve done this, you’ll view aggregate salary information that’s specific to your position. You’ll also be able to compare salaries for the same role in different cities, company sizes, and more. Plus, LinkedIn’s job database automatically shows you some open positions that might interest you, in the event that you’re searching for a new job.

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Salary Expert

Salary Expert’s salary tools pull compensation and career data from the Economic Research Institute, and they boast salary data from over 1,100 industries and 11,900 jobs. While many of their salary tools are specific to employers who are looking to set pay, they also provide options for employees who are seeking compensation data. We like their site for their quick salary comparison options.

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Salary Expert

How It Works: Salary Expert is one of the less “personalized” options, as it allows you to simply sort through their database based on job title alone.  You can browse some of their most-searched job titles and instantly see an average salary, or you can enter your own job title and location in order to see a gross salary for your role specific to your location.

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Salary Expert

The graph they provide when you search via location shows an average salary for various experience levels and includes an estimated earnings graph. Plus, their cost-of-living data explains how your city compares to others in the United States. Their site also links out to roles that you might find intriguing if you’re on the job hunt.

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Indeed's Salary Tool

Indeed’s salary tool and website isn’t the most intuitive, but it still provides helpful information if you’re looking for a general salary number. Browse by industry, company, or career, and you can see what to expect regarding average salary, other compensation options, cities that are best for certain roles, and more. How It Works: Enter your job title, company, location, 

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Indeed's Salary Tool

experience level, and any applicable skills, and Indeed will show you a graph that demonstrates what others in your role and city generally earn. From there, you can search their pages on salaries and benefits to see a less location-specific view, including the average salary for that role in the United States, the top 

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Indeed's Salary Tool

companies for that role, and the cities with the highest salaries for that role. They also include a comparison tool that lets you enter two locations to see where the salary is generally the highest. With a little digging, you can find some interesting information about your position’s salary expectations on Indeed.

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Robert Half's Salary Guide

Robert Half is known for the yearly salary guides that they compile in which they survey employers and employees from companies of all sizes across the country. They then create a national salary outlook that discusses hiring trends, like how remote work is changing the work landscape. This guide also shows the perks and benefits that the employees surveyed 

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Robert Half's Salary Guide

appreciated the most, like the option for flexible work schedules and shortened work weeks. Robert Half also offers a more customized salary guide for employees. This includes average salaries based on experience level, related positions, hiring trends for that specific role, and links to jobs that might be of interest.

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Robert Half's Salary Guide

How It Works: Simply enter in your email address, position, and location, and Robert Half generates a report specific to your role. This includes a salary number (and an average national number for comparison purposes) as well as location comparisons based on your specific city. Robert Half’s reports also show the current demand for people in this role, based on skill level.

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