As we enter the end of 2020, it is time to review the range of salaries. Today, we present salary guides for 2021. Tomorrow, we look at salary negotiations. Read these articles, whether you are searching for a job or want to negotiate a raise. These posts add to our series of more than 330 career articles.

Be sure to check out our earlier 2020 post on Job Search Preparation. 


Occupational Outlook Handbook

The best overall source for job-related information is the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH):

The OOH provides information on what workers do. Work environment. Education. Training,. And other qualifications. Pay. The job outlook. Information on state and area data. As well as sources of additional information. All for 324 occupational profiles. Covering about 4 out of 5 jobs in the economy.

The OOH clusters similar occupations. To find an occupation, browse the groups of interest. Or use the A–Z Index if you know the specific occupation. You may search for occupations through drop-down menus on the homepage. Select by pay range. Entry-level education. On-the-job training. Projected number of new jobs. Projected growth rate. In addition, you may browse by clicking “highest paying,” “fastest growing (projected),” and “most new jobs (projected).”

In the following chart, we highlight some OOH data for selected “Business and Financial Occupations.”

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Knowledge Remains King: Salary Guides for 2021

Your salary plan should comprise two steps. First, research actual marketplace salaries for comparable jobs. Second, develop better salary negotiation skills. 

Here, we present several links to the latest salary guides. [Free signups may be required.]

With Payscale, you may access the cost comprehensive salary data. For example. the following image highlights the 29 broad job titles with marketplace salary data. After the Payscale chart, we present four other salary data sources.

Salary Guides for 2021

  • Robert Half Salary Guides 2021 — For Finance & Accounting. Technology. Legal. Office & Administrative. And Creative & Marketing.
  • Adecco Salary Calculator “It couldn’t be easier to find average salaries for the job you currently have. Or the job you really want. Just select a job title, a location and click search. Instantly, we’ll deliver comprehensive salary insight that includes salary ranges, cash compensation, and variances by company size.”
  • Randstad Salary Guides.— With data for nine different job categories  By job title and city.
  • Atrium 2021 Salary Guides. To access these guides, click the image.

Salary Guides for 2021

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