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What do you find to be the best sources for broad corporate compensation data?

We need company-wide comp data for a few hundred employees with roughly 50 job titles in a high tech product manufacturing company. We need job descriptions for standardization of job duties and compensation metrics (base, bonus, equity) for each job level. Do you know any good sources for this? What should one expect to pay?

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Kent Mannis
Title: Managing Editor
Company: LawRoom
(Managing Editor, LawRoom) |

I'm not aware of any one-stop resource for duties-and-compensation data across the country. It tends to be a regional product with regional suppliers.

For one example, CompAnalyis specializes in Northern California (at http://companalysis.com/ online); you can find details about their "October 2010 Greater San Francisco Bay Area Compensation Survey Report" at http://www.salarysurveys.com/ online.

If you're not in the Bay Area, perhaps a question that indicates your location will prompt a more useful response....

Lisa McCormack
Title: VP, Client Services
Company:
(VP, Client Services, ) |

There are several other resources that might be useful for broad data across geographies and industries:

Payscale - http://www.payscale.com/hr/default
Salary.com - http://salary.com/
Radford (High Tech only) - http://radford.com/

Salary.com has free and fee based services. Payscale is subscription based, but it does not require you to participate in surveys. It is a different model from traditional salary survey companies.

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