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If you don't know how much you should be earning, how will you ever negotiate a salary and make more money? Understand your earning potential by doing research about your position — salary.com is a good place to get estimates, but asking industry insiders is even better. According to Linda Babcock, author of Ask For It, "Everything at work is up for grabs — projects, raises, salaries, hours, more responsibility — everything can be negotiated."

Do this: Start your salary research by tapping into the resources at the career center of the college you graduated from, because they usually keep data on how much past students are making. Then start using web tools such as Indeed's salary tool and Glassdoor.com.

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