Once or twice a month, most of us are reminded exactly how much we earn. When you're gazing at the gross figure on your paycheck, it's almost impossible to keep yourself from thinking about the fairness of that number staring back at you. Curious workers can understand more about where their salaries stand by utilizing a few online resources. SmartMoney compared them and highlighted the main differences.
- Salary.com: The site buys its information from corporations and uses it to provide average salaries for 3,700 job categories. You'll have to pay for more personalized reports that factor in details like education and experience; entry-level candidates pay $29.95 and executives pay up to $79.95.
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- PayScale.com: Because the website gets its information from individuals and not from companies, you're required to fill out a profile to peruse the site. SmartMoney didn't see much of a difference between the numbers it saw on PayScale versus Salary.com. There's a feature that allows you to see other individual's bios, and you can research up to four job descriptions for free. A premium membership costs $19.95 and allows you to research 10 job descriptions.
- Jobnob.com The site has about a quarter of the information compared to the other sites since it just launched in February, but all of the information can be accessed for free. The company's co-founder says "jobs are being added rapidly," so it's a site to keep in mind going forward.