2020 Salary Guides

How much should I earn — or pay?

Need a staff upgrade? Or looking to make a career move? The Robert Half Salary Guides have the information you need to help ensure your search for top talent or a new position is a success. The guides keep you up to date with starting salary ranges, the latest hiring trends, tools you need to recruit top talent and much more. Download the Salary Guide for your area of specialization now.

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Cities where starting salaries are highest

Starting salaries vary widely from city to city, depending on cost of living, scarcity of talent and other factors. Knowing the going rates for your area can make or break your recruitment efforts. Here are the cities where starting salaries are highest, plus the premium that employers can expect to pay in these areas:

San Francisco, CA
+41%
New York, NY
+40.5%
San Jose, CA
+40%
Boston, MA
+34%
Washington, D.C.
+33%
 
Los Angeles, CA
+32%
Stanford, CT
+31%
Paramus, NJ
+30%
Seattle, WA
+27%
Chicago, IL
+24%

The benefits, perks and incentives candidates want most

Starting salary is just one element of a job offer. Benefits, perks and incentives are also important and can help — or hinder — your efforts to attract and retain top talent.

Benefits

Assistance with basic needs; noncash; not tied to job performance (e.g., health insurance, retirement plan)

Perks

Special privileges; typically noncash; sometimes tied to job performance or seniority (e.g., telecommuting)

Incentives

Motivational rewards; usually cash; tied to job performance (e.g., bonuses, profit-sharing plan)

Benefits

Assistance with basic needs; noncash; not tied to job performance (e.g. health insurance, retirement plan)

Perks

Special privileges; typically noncash; sometimes tied to job performance or seniority (e.g. telecommuting)

Incentives

Motivational rewards; usually cash; tied to job performance (e.g. bonuses, profit-sharing plan)

Compare your benefits, perks and incentives to what other companies offer and what workers value most to help ensure theyre the extras job seekers really want.

Benefits companies offer

We surveyed more than 1,000 HR managers in North America to help you keep pace. Here are the benefits companies offer most frequently:

Health Insurance

Paid time off

Dental Insurance

Retirement savings plan

Vision Insurance

The drive for good physical, mental and financial health has increased demand for wellness benefits across these aspects of peoples lives, such as discounted or free gym memberships, stress reduction programs and investment seminars.

Wellness programs

Here’s a summary of other types of benefits and how costs are allocated:

 

Physical Wellness

Mental Wellness

Financial Wellness

Employer paid

40%

50%

38%

Employee paid

12%

10%

14%

Costs shared

11%

14%

13%

Not offered

37%

27%

35%


Getting the most accurate salary data

Employers are competing in a fierce hiring market today and the challenges are growing. Skilled workers are already employed. Top candidates are courted by multiple companies. Recruiting and retaining the best people require staying current on hiring and salary trends. That's where Robert Half comes in.

We published our first Salary Guide in 1950. Since then, we've been known as the leading source for comprehensive and highly accurate salary and hiring data.

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Our staffing experts place professionals with companies like yours every day. We know what candidates are looking for in job offers, which skills require employers to pay a premium and the types of roles that are hardest to staff. The salary ranges in the 2020 Salary Guides are based on the thousands of placements made by Robert Half staffing professionals and the actual starting salaries our clients pay for top talent.

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