Find out what salary your co-workers are making (then ask for a raise)

I’ve talked about saving money on this blog, but not a whole lot about making more money.  Often the quickest and most significant way you can earn more money is by asking for a raise, or finding a job that pays more.  In order to do this successfully, it helps to know roughly what you’re ‘worth’, and what salaries are typical (or atypical) for your given position, company and location.

Glassdoor.com has excellent data to do this.  You’ll need to take 5 minutes to fill out your own salary & create a login (you can choose to omit the company you work for if you want, but that makes your input less valuable to others!)  Once you do that, you’ll have full access to all the glorious salary details on many major companies.  I live in Seattle, so I took a snapshot of this Boeing salary chart for Seattle, WA to give you an idea of what you can find out:

You can also drill down to get more detail about a specific job title:

Arm yourself with this info when negotiating salary (which you should ALWAYS do) for a new job, or at your next performance review when negotiating a raise.  Here’s a very useful (and short) book on how to negotiate your salary: Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute.   It’s a must read (and re-read) before any job or performance review.

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Find out what salary your co-workers are making (then ask for a raise)”

  1. Dave Watson Says:

    Love glassdoor! I totally found my boss’ salary on there. He didn’t make as much as I thought…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: