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How do I find out what a job pays at a specific company? (Webinar Attendee Question)

What is the best way to find what they have targeted in salary for a position you are interviewing for?

This question was asked by an attendee during the Proformative webinar "How to Win Your Compensation Negotiation" held on December 21, 2012.  Please join the discussion and add your insights below.

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

If you do not have a relationship within the company or an individual within the same industry, check for salary surveys, specific to the industry you seek. It will not provide the exact salary, but you will find a range. When you hear the offer, you will know if the offer is in the range or unacceptable.

Robert Islas
Title: Finance Manager
Company: ABM Building Solutions, LLC
(Finance Manager, ABM Building Solutions, LLC) |

I would agree with Regis, and even before you apply for the job you should have some idea of what the position will pay. I use the Robert Half Annual Salary Survey, available online for free, to determine what the range for the position in my geographic area and revenue of the company. Of course, this is a only rough guide and is better than going in blind.

Trish Meyer
Title: VP of Finance
Company: GMI Holdings
(VP of Finance, GMI Holdings) |

I would check online on sites like & Robert Half for a similar position in the geographic area. That will give you an idea of the salary range. Another resource that was recently introduced to me is Sometimes you will find salary data for a similar position posted by employees who work at that company.


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