U.S. EMPLOYEES COULD EARN $7,500 MORE PER YEAR ON AVERAGE, ACCORDING TO GLASSDOOR’S “KNOW YOUR WORTH” TOOL

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (October 18, 2017) ­– Are most American workers earning what they’re really worth? Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing job sites, today has revealed new pay data showing the average U.S. employee could be earning $7,528, or 13.3 percent, more per year than his or her current annual base salary, according to its Know Your Worth1 salary estimator tool. With three in five U.S. employees acknowledging they did not negotiate their salaries, this new data suggests that many Americans could be earning more by becoming more informed about their current market value.

This data was compiled by leveraging aggregated pay information via Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth tool over the past year2, in which an individual voluntarily and anonymously submits his or her annual base salary, in addition to current job title, employer, location and years of relevant work experience. Then, the tool instantly calculates the individual’s personalized market value — an estimated median of base pay he or she could earn in their local job market, right now. Know Your Worth uses sophisticated data science and machine learning algorithms that leverage millions of salary reports shared by employees on Glassdoor, while taking into account real-time supply and demand trends in local job markets, and typical career transitions of people doing similar work.

“Given that we’re in the best labor market we’ve seen in a generation, highlighted by healthy job growth, low unemployment and wages steadily growing, it’s not a surprise to see a gap between what most Americans are currently earning and what they could be earning,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist. “With the job market full of opportunities and the economy hitting full employment, the value of skilled workers has increased. We see this even more in industries like technology and healthcare, in which demand for competitive skillsets outpaces supply. The big takeaway for job seekers is that our Know Your Worth tool can shed light on your current market value, based in part on market conditions where you live, to help you decide whether it’s time to negotiate your pay.”

In addition to Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth tool to help people better understand pay, this week, Glassdoor is introducing an improved salaries experience offering more personal pay information, based on an individual’s preferences. People will now be able to research salary data for a specific job title in a particular location and filter this information by years of experience, industry and/or company size, including the option to combine all three factors in one search. People will also see a helpful data visualization of their salaries search, displaying the average and specific ranges of annual base pay based on their preferences, a comparison to the national average, additional cash compensation data, and salaries for related job titles, among other insights.

Top 25 Jobs Where People Could Earn More

Leveraging pay data shared voluntarily and anonymously by U.S. employees to the Know Your Worth tool over the past year, Glassdoor has also identified the Top 25 Jobs Where People Could Earn More.2 This list was determined by looking at the current median base salaries submitted by employees to Know Your Worth, comparing it to their current market value calculated by the tool, and measuring the difference. Ranging from a 13.2 to 21.9 percent difference in base pay, these are the 25 jobs with the biggest difference between current median base salary and current market value (estimated base salary):

  1. Emergency Medical Technician
  • Potential Salary Growth: 21.9% or $7,771
  • Current Median Base Salary: $27,636
  • Current Market Value: $35,407
  1. Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Potential Salary Growth: 21.3% or $6,505
  • Current Median Base Salary: $24,000
  • Current Market Value: $30,505
  1. Research Assistant
  • Potential Salary Growth: 20.9% or $7,935
  • Current Median Base Salary: $30,000
  • Current Market Value: $37,935
  1. Java Developer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 17.7% or $16,792
  • Current Median Base Salary: $78,000
  • Current Market Value: $94,792
  1. Pharmacist
  • Potential Salary Growth: 16.5% or $23,261
  • Current Median Base Salary: $118,000
  • Current Market Value: $141,261
  1. Web Designer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 15.5% or $9,508
  • Current Median Base Salary: $52,000
  • Current Market Value: $61,508
  1. Software Engineer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 15.2% or $17,943
  • Current Median Base Salary: $100,000
  • Current Market Value: $117,943
  1. Medical Assistant
  • Potential Salary Growth: 15.1% or $5,320
  • Current Median Base Salary: $30,000
  • Current Market Value: $35,320
  1. Marketing Manager
  • Potential Salary Growth: 15.0% or $14,107
  • Current Median Base Salary: $80,000
  • Current Market Value: $94,107
  1. Communications Manager
  • Potential Salary Growth: 14.8% or $13,334
  • Current Median Base Salary: $76,498
  • Current Market Value: $89,831
  1. Program Manager
  • Potential Salary Growth: 14.8% or $15,302
  • Current Median Base Salary: $88,000
  • Current Market Value: $103,302
  1. UX Designer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 14.7% or $14,875
  • Current Median Base Salary: $86,000
  • Current Market Value: $100,875
  1. Consultant
  • Potential Salary Growth: 14.5% or $14,462
  • Current Median Base Salary: $85,000
  • Current Market Value: $99,462
  1. Web Developer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 14.5% or $10,773
  • Current Median Base Salary: $63,500
  • Current Market Value: $74,273
  1. Tax Manager
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.9% or $17,330
  • Current Median Base Salary: $107,019
  • Current Market Value: $124,349
  1. Programmer Analyst
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.9% or $11,548
  • Current Median Base Salary: $71,500
  • Current Market Value: $83,048
  1. Data Scientist
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.6% or $15,752
  • Current Median Base Salary: $100,000
  • Current Market Value: $115,752
  1. Systems Engineer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.5% or $13,634
  • Current Median Base Salary: $87,000
  • Current Market Value: $100,634
  1. Network Engineer
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.5% or $12,508
  • Current Median Base Salary: $80,000
  • Current Market Value: $92,508
  1. Product Manager
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.5% or $16,874
  • Current Median Base Salary: $108,000
  • Current Market Value: $124,874
  1. Project Manager
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.5% or $11,971
  • Current Median Base Salary: $76,800
  • Current Market Value: $88,771
  1. Data Analyst
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.4% or $9,289
  • Current Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • Current Market Value: $69,289
  1. Recruiter
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.3% or $7,642
  • Current Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Current Market Value: $57,642
  1. Registered Nurse
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.2% or $9,097
  • Current Median Base Salary: $60,000
  • Current Market Value: $69,097
  1. Bank Teller
  • Potential Salary Growth: 13.2% or $3,939
  • Current Median Base Salary: $26,000
  • Current Market Value: $29,939

Pay is Not a Leading Factor in Employee Satisfaction

While it’s highly valuable for people to understand their current market value to ensure they are receiving fair pay, pay should be just one factor when considering job and career decisions. While salary and compensation packages are among the top considerations before accepting a new job, Glassdoor research shows that pay is not among the leading factors tied to long-term employee satisfaction. In fact, culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of long-term employee satisfaction. Thus, while money matters most to people when a job offer is on the table, there are several other factors job seekers should consider when making job and career decisions, and employers should consider when offering jobs to new candidates and/or negotiating current roles with employees.

“Pay is important, but it’s not the only factor people should consider when thinking about a new job or a change in their current role. People need to take into account what’s most important to them short-term and long-term, which might include career advancement opportunities, what the culture and values are like at a potential employer, specific benefits, if you truly believe in the mission of the company, the type of work you might be doing, where you work, the structure behind who you might be working with, and more,” said Jamie Hichens, Glassdoor senior talent acquisition partner. “If a job or career decision is based purely on pay or monetary rewards, it will likely not lead to a fulfilling long-term match between the employer and the individual.”

Know Your Worth For Employees and Job Seekers: What Now?

A personal market value reveals the estimated base pay an individual should expect to earn in today’s job market. If an employee finds their market value is higher than what they are currently making, they may decide to negotiate their pay and discuss opportunities for advancement at their current employer, explore other job opportunities, and/or remain in their current position. Glassdoor has developed an Employee’s Guide to Know Your Worth to better understand their estimated market value and put the information to work.

Know Your Worth For Employers: Preparing for Questions and Conversations

For employers, Know Your Worth market values can be another important data point when reviewing internal compensation practices. It is very likely employees and candidates will have questions about how their market values are recognized in the company’s overall compensation programs. Being clear about a company’s total compensation and rewards program and how base pay is factored in will be helpful in shaping these discussions. An Employer’s Guide to Know Your Worth, with input of human resource executives at Glassdoor and other employers, is available for free to understand the product and answer questions.

To get started and try Know Your Worth, simply visit Glassdoor and/or download the Glassdoor Job Search apps for iPhone or Android.

KNOW YOUR WORTH RESOURCES:

FAQs & Methodology

Employee Guide

Employer Guide

Salary Tips & Advice

Read more from Glassdoor’s Chief Human Resources Officer on Know Your Worth

INTERVIEWS + ADDITIONAL SALARY RESEARCH: A Glassdoor spokesperson is available to interview. Glassdoor has also conducted extensive research on the topic of salary transparency, gender pay gaps and general compensation. For more, please contact pr@glassdoor.com.

Glassdoor is now the No. 2 job site in the U.S.3, featuring all of the latest jobs online paired with approximately 35 million reviews and insights from employees on 700,000 companies in 190 countries.4 Glassdoor welcomes more than 48 million unique users, on average, to its desktop and mobile platforms each month.5 The top reason people visit Glassdoor is to search and/or apply to jobs.6 Glassdoor is also one of the most effective channels for job advertising and recruiting, according to third party research.

1 Learn more about the Know Your Worth methodology: https://www.glassdoor.com/knowyourworth/about.htm

2 Pay data based on the 1.3 million U.S. employees who submitted their current base pay to the Know Your Worth tool between October 18, 2016 and October 6, 2017. These parameters also apply to Glassdoor’s 25 Jobs Where People Could Earn More report, which identifies jobs among 84 of the most common job titles in the U.S., according to Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports, with the biggest difference between current median base salary and current median market value (estimated base salary) — See below for specifics into each data category for this list:

  • Potential salary growth represents the difference between the current median base salary and current market value for each job title
  • Current median base salary represents the median base salary as submitted by employees to the Know Your Worth tool over the past year (10/18/16-10/6/17); At least 500 U.S. employees provided pay information per job title
  • Current market value represents the median market value based on the Know Your Worth salary estimator tool

3 Based on unique users, custom job list sites % Change Media Trend Report, Comscore June 2017 Media Metrix®; Compared to Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and ZipRecruiter.com.

4 Glassdoor Internal Data, September 2017

5 Google Analytics, CQ3’17 average

6 Glassdoor.com U.S. Site Survey, August 2017

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