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Compensation Research Guide (2022)

Outlines compensation research strategies and sources.

Salary or Wage Data Resources



U.S. Government Wage Surveys:
In-depth salary surveys and data collected and published by the U.S. government.




Executive Compensation:


Professional or Industry Associations:

Many professional or trade associations conduct salary surveys of members. Often the current year is fee-based but previous years can be found either freely online or using library databases. Use the resources below to identify pertinent professional/trade associations or to locate the full-text of any salary surveys conducted.

Primary Research:

Research you conduct yourself (primary research) either through informational interviews or informal conversations can be a good source of focused compensation information.