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Profession-Specific Salary Surveys

Links to over 300 free online salary surveys for a wide range of professions and settings. The focus here is on California and national surveys.
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General Salary Surveys
Cost of living, benefits, negotiation strategies & more.

JobStar now links to over 300 online salary surveys. If your occupation is not listed here try these sites:

SF LA Sac SD--Surveys which specifically report salary data for JobStar's 4 regional areas.



Average Administrative Salaries
Administrative Professional Skills Benchmarking Survey Job titles, key responsibilities, average salaries, job satisfaction from the International Association of Administration Professionals.

California Wage Estimates - Office & Administrative Support Occupations
Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median hourly and mean annual wages for office & administrative support positions for all California employers.

Office and Administrative Support Positions
Occupational Outlook Handbook outlines various administrative settings including earnings information.



Agriculture Wage & Benefit Survey
Summary of Farm Employers Labor Service California annual survey.

California Farm Workers: Employment and Earnings SF LA Sac SD
Each monthly Agricultural Bulletin contains regional hourly earnings for farmworkers.

AgriCareers Salary Survey
Salary ranges for swine, dairy, beef and crop farming from an agricultural recruiter.

Wine Business Monthly Salary Survey
Salaries arranged by winery size. Covers positions in winery, vineyard, sales, marketing, administration.


Aviation Career Salary Ranges
From Airline Employment Assistance Corps: broad salary ranges for a variety of positions in aircraft, airlines, airports, flight attendants, food preparation, office, pilots.

Aviation Maintenance Salary Survey
Aviation Maintenance's annual salary survey covers major airlines, repair stations and corporate flight settings.

Aircraft Maintenance Salary Survey
Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine article covers average hourly pay rates by region, job title, age, and education (in .pdf format).

IAM Facts & Figures
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: Earnings & Hours, Cost of Living, Employment data.


Underhood Service Repair Market Industry Profile
Automotive service dealer workforce and earnings data for managers and technicians.

BodyShop Personnel Profile
Select "Personnel" for average pay & benefits for metal techs, painters, mechanics from Body Shop Business.

Brake & Front-End Salary Survey
Surveys wages & fringe benefits for automotive technicians, managers and sales/service writers in independent and specialty repair shops.


See also Trades.

Survey for California Architectural Firms SF LA Sac SD
Management Design's survey includes salary data for California, LA, Orange County, San Diego County, Sacramento Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Covers management & technical positions in architectural firms.

Growth in Architect Compensation
Report on triennial compensation survey of architecture firms from AIArchitect (in .pdf format.)

Landscape Architects Graduating Students Salary Survey
American Society of Landscape Architects survey of graduating students (graduate & undergraduate) in landscape architecture programs.

FacilitiesNet Salary Base
Search salary benchmarks by location, job type, facility type/size, operations budget.



How Much Should You Charge for Your Service?
How to compute hourly rates for independent contracting services from Nolo Press' Nolo News.




Environmental Protection - Salary Surveys
Environmental Protection Online offers annual salary surveys for environmental professionals in compliance, engineeering, and health/safety.

Professional Scientist Salary Survey
Compensation survey from State of California Dept. of Personnel Administration includes Environmental Professionals and covers a wide range of county, city and other jursidictions (in .pdf format).

Environmental Scientist Salary Survey Results
Data from California Association of Professional Scientist's survey.


S.A.G. Contracts, Wages & Working Conditions
Screen Actors Guild Basic Agreements covering theatrical, TV, commercial agreements as well as extra performers. Select a category (Theatrical Film, Television, Commercials, etc.) from the "contract dropdown menu"to view.


Silicon Valley Executive Compensation Report SF
San Jose Mercury News feature ranks executive pay & other compensation at the top 150 public companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.

Executive Pay
BusinessWeek's annual report on executive compensation at the 300+ largest US companies.

CEO Compensation
Annual feature from Forbes.

CRN Executive Salary Survey
Extensive surveys of high tech executive salaries (including "solution providers") from Computer Reseller News.



Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey
Food Engineering's survey of food manufacturing professionals: management, supervisors, technical, sales.


San Francisco Restaurant Employee Compensation Survey SF
Golden Gate Restaurant Association survey of San Francisco city bars and restaurants (in .pdf format.)

Dietary Manager Salary Survey
Dietary Manager's Association national survey of dietary managers and directors of food service covers multiple settings: hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes and schools.

Food & Beverage Service Occupations
Median annual earnings nationwide from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.



Explorer Salary Survey
American Association of Petroleum Geologists survey of geologist compensation.


In-plant Salary Survey
In-plant Graphics biennial survey of in-house reproduction departments operated within an organization, company, government office or university.

AIGA Salary CalculatorSF LA
Obtain customized report (type of organization, location, size) based on surveys of American Institute of Graphic Artist members.

Wage Minimums and Survey LA
Contracted wage minimums provided by the Animation Guild I.A.T.S.E. Local 839, Burbank, CA.



Top 10 Jobs in Hospitality listing of 10 jobs with average salaries.

San Francisco Restaurant Employee Compensation Survey
Survey from Golden Gate Restaurant Association (in .pdf format.)


Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
Dept. of Labor reports on earnings for workers in this setting.


Actuary Salary Surveys
D.W. Simpson & Co. reports on salaries for actuaries in Property/Casualty and Life/Health.


BJS State & Local Law Enforcement Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics conducts surveys of police, sheriffs' departments, law enforcement management, federal law enforcement offices nationwide. The individual reports cover starting salaries, special pay and educational & training requirements (in .pdf format.)

Law Enforcement Officer Locality Pay Tables SF LA Sac SD
For federal law enforcement officers from the U. S. Office of Personnel Management.

Police and Detectives - Earnings
Occupational Outlook Handbook compiles various compensation surveys for law enforcement positions.

Microsoft WORD Document: California Association of Criminalists - Salary Survey
Annual salary report for criminalists--in EXCEL file format.


Salaries & Compensation
Salary information spotlight from

Salaries & Compensation
Both private and public sectors salary information from The National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

Law Firms in Transition
An Altman Weil Flash survey.

Lists & Rankings
Collection of articles, many on compensation trends, from National Law Journal.

Infirmation - Law Firm Salaries
Specific firm salaries by state from Findlaw's Infirmation.

Survey on Paralegal Compensation in Law Firms and Law Departments
Brief summary of a compensation survey by Altman Weil Publications in partnership with the Legal Assistant Management Association (LAMA).

Law Teacher Salary Surveys
Salaries at U.S. law schools from the Society of American Law Teachers.

Legal Assistants Utilization and Compensation Survey Report
Bi-annual National Association of Legal Assistants report covers billing rates and salary and compensation levels.


Special Library Association Salary Survey
Summary data from SLA survey of special librarians & information personnel.

ARL Salary Survey
Surveys and data from Association of Research Libraries for university and nonuniversity research library positions.

Placements & Salaries
Annual review of starting salaries for new library school graduates from ALA-APA survey.


Should You Get an M.B.A?
A Business School Calculator from Forbes: select the school, tuition, your current & expected salaries and calculate ROI.

Haas School of Business - Placement Reports SF
Starting salaries and signing bonuses for graduates of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Management.

USC Marshall Recruiter Handbook - Undergraduate Business Program LA
Starting salaries for undergraduates of USC's undergraduate Business Program. USC Marshall - MBA Employment Report LA
Starting salaries for graduates of USC's Marshall School of Business; includes industry, location and internship salaries.


Logistics Management Salary Survey
Annual survey for supply-chain professionals from Logistics Management.

Plant Maintenance Salary Surveys
Maintenance managers, foremen, engineers, technicians and more are covered in this survey from Plant Maintenance Resource Center.

Sales & Engineering Salary Survey
Automation and instrumentation engineering and sales compensation survey from the Measurement, Control and Automation Association (in .pdf format).

Plant Engineering Salary Survey
Report from Plant Engineering Magazine covers education level, plant size, location and more.



Annual AMS-IMS-MAA Survey
American Mathematical Society annual survey of new doctoral recipient salaries as well as faculty at 4-year colleges & universities.

Salary Survey of Academic Statisticians
Report of a survey conducted by the American Statistical Association of statisticians employed in business, industry and government.



Meeting Professional Salary Survey
Meeting Professionals International report of annual salary survey.

Meetings - State of the Industry
A biennial profile of the average meeting planner--including compensation--from (in .pdf format.)

Convention Management - Compensation Surveys
Professional Convention Management Association's annual salary survey.

Show Management Salaries
Compensation for Association Meetings and Expositions Executives, Show Management Salary Survey and Exhibit Sales Salary Survey, sponsored by EXPO magazine, includes regional salary data.


Mining Wages and Benefits
Summary of the Annual Mining Cost Service US Mine Labor Survey from Western Mine Engineering.


Careers in Associations - Salaries
Summary of data from Association Executive Compensation Survey.

Salary Survey Highlights
Survey of recent salaries at foundations and corporate foundations/giving programs from the Council on Foundations (in .pdf format.) The most current survey is restricted to members only.

Nonprofits Salary Survey
Summary of NonProfit Times annual report on nonprofit salaries (in .pdf format.)


Pharmaceuticals and Medical Packaging News Salary Survey
Compensation survey for packaging professionals in the healthcare product manufacturing industry.


AFTRA Contract Rates
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists contract rates for entertainment, commercials, nonbroadcast, interactive and sound recordings.

Actors, Directors & Producers - Earnings
Median annual earnings nationwide from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Geological Salary Survey
American Association of Petroleum Geologists annual salary survey.


In-plant Salary Survey
In-plant Graphics biennial survey of in-house reproduction departments operated within an organization, company, government office or university.


Salaries in Psychology
Report from the American Psychological Association covers a wide range of settings for Master's and Doctoral level psychologists.

Faculty Salaries in Graduate Departments of Psychology
From the American Psychological Association (76 pages in .pdf format.)


Quality Control Salary Survey
Quality Digest survey of salaries for various titles in quality control settings and with various certifications.


Real Estate Agents & Brokers - Earnings
Median annual earnings of agents and brokers nationwide from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Accredited Residential Manager Salaries SF LA Sac SD
Summaries of surveys from Institute of Real Estate Management (in .pdf format;) see page 24-25 for salary information


Earnings - Retail Salespersons
Median hourly earnings of retail salespersons including commissions from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Clothing, Accessory, and General Merchandise Stores
Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Guide to Industries reports average earnings of nonsupervisory workers & median hourly earnings for this setting.



ASIS International Employment Survey
Security manager compensation from the American Society for Industrial Security.


Photocopy Technician, Manager and Sales Salaries
Surveys of field service technicians, managers and sales personnel from


Social Work Compensation
National Association of Social Workers salary survey.

Social Worker Earnings
Occupational Outlook Handbook tables of median earnings in various practice settings.


San Diego Chapter - STC - Salary Survey SD
Summary of Society of Technical Communicators survey (in .pdf format.)


Telecommunications - Industry Earnings
From the Dept. of Labor: median hourly earnings of the largest occupations in telecommunications.


Prevailing Wages SF LA Sac SD
California Dept. of Industrial Relations prevailing wage determinations for journeyman & apprentice trades (commercial building, highway, heavy construction & dredging projects) for the state, by region or for counties.


Travel Agents -Earnings
Brief information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook on salaried and self-employed agent earnings.


Warehousing Salaries and Wages
A summary of a report from the Warehousing Education and Research Council published in Operations & Fulfillment magazine.