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Comparably is a great research tool for job seekers who will soon negotiate a salary

Money is always a touchy subject. Data tool “Comparably” offers information on compensation comparisons in your field.


The real world comes real fast

As a college senior with graduation looming in the not-so-distant-future, it is only natural that the thought of the real-world job market is constantly on my mind. While I have had a number of part-time (and one full-time) jobs, there is uncertainty about the “real” job market.

You can spend all the time in the world preparing interview questions and making sure that your resume is perfect. However, certain aspects only come with experience.

“Dad, can I get an allowance?”

For example, recently I had to post the question to my dad about how much money a recent college-grad should request during an interview. This was a fairly important component of a career that I had barely considered.

While it varies from job to job, I have learned that knowledge of what is the norm in terms of a starting salary is important information to have. The same could be said during any juncture of your career. But, we may not always know where to look in order to compare norms.

Compare compensation

With Comparably, you are able to “see what people like you get paid at work.” This tool offers insights into compensation as well as data on different workplace cultures.

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If one is looking for compensation comparisons, they begin by selecting their job title. Then again, they narrow down the search by specifying their job title in that specific workplace. They will then select their location and industry.

How it works

So, for example, if you were to first select “marketing,” then “marketing manager,” then “Los Angeles,” then “tech,” you click “see results for free.” Comparably then asks for more information concerning your current salary (including any bonuses). Finally, you would sign up for a Comparably account (which can be done through LinkedIn) and you will be able to “see what you’re really worth.”

The data given by Comparably seeks to uncover a number of items. First, are you underpaid? The website urges users to take control and make sure that they are paid what they deserve.

Where do you rank?

With this, users are also able to see where they rank in terms of the aforementioned input of individual job information. Comparably offers alerts to any changes in a given field.

Finally, one is able to gain insight into a company culture. Reviews are provided by other users regarding their workplace environment and company’s character.

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In the end…

As industries evolve, seemingly everyday, it is clear that salary changes every so often. In an effort to reach your deserved amount of worth, keep current in compensation trends.


Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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