How to Determine Your Value with Salary Calculators

As you're determining your salary range, researching comparable roles for people with your levels of experience and credentials is an important way to benchmark. This allows you to first, justify your request in terms of market value and second, ensure you're not low-balling yourself.

For salaried positions, here are some of my favorite salary calculators:

  1. www.payscale.com
  2. www.salary.com
  3. http://tinyurl.com/educatetocareer

In each tool, look at the job descriptions as well as the titles. Particularly for people who are in nontraditional roles, it can be useful to take the average of several positions that reflect your workload. For #3, I recommend downloading the spreadsheet to determine the best match for title.