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If you are currently in a career search or about to start one, it is imperative that you are prepared and armed with information (data)! You should have a figure in mind – when asked: “Do you have a salary range in mind for your next career prospect?”

I’m surprised at how often a candidate is unwilling to discuss past salary compensation – and many do not have any idea of what the “going rate” is for someone with their skills – especially after the recent years of economic decline.

Be aware of these websites will often use an infographic “bell curve” to reflect the salary range with a specific job title, location, skill set, education and/or experience.
Here are some resources that might be helpful to someone searching for new career prospects.

Payscale.com - http://www.payscale.com/
You can get your own free personal salary report by creating a profile and sharing some information about your own past salary compensation. There is a separate “College Salary Report” and “tipping study” – and the website has what looks like a pretty resourceful and useful career research center.

Salary.com http://www.salary.com/
Salary.com has both US and Canadian salary data and you can use the “salary wizard” to browse job titles in specific locations. There is also a “Popular Salaries” section which gives salary ranges for some specific job titles.
You can also purchase a salary report that will provide you with more specific salary information relevant to other topics then job title and location. These reports use S

Salary.com’s 100% employer-reported data which is help you to confidential negotiate a new job offer, raise or promotion.
The website also has a Cost of Living Calculator, Work/Life Balance advice, and a career development center that might come in handy for some candidates.

DICE Salary Survey http://media.dice.com/report/2013-2012-dice-salary-survey/
If you’re in involved in information systems, software engineering, or a technology discipline, the Dice Salary Survey is a resource you definitely should check out. This link shows the 2013-2012 Dice Salary Survey. According to this survey, tech professionals earned a greater than five percent increase in average annual wages to $85,619, up from $81,327 in 2011

ESI 2013 Project Manager Salary and Development Survey
ESI is a global, project-focused training company, with a difference. ESI help people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative project management training, business analysis training and contract management training.

In the survey, ESI polled over 1,800 project managers to gain insight on the hiring, development and promotion of project managers within their respective organizations. The survey takes into account regional and industry differences as it seeks to answer critical questions surrounding the most effective and efficient ways of building a project community.

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