Tools for Determining Salary Benchmarks

The first step in salary negotiations is figuring out what the job is worth in the broader job market.  Your benchmarked figure will fit into a range that you determine by researching and comparing a variety of sources including:

Once you have determined a figure or a range, be prepared to discuss your method of determining the range during your negotiation, i.e. “According to my research, a typical starting salary for an associate level Environmental Consultant for a medium sized firm working on government contracts in the NYC area is $x.”