2019 Salary Guides

How much should I earn — or pay?

Whether you're looking to add staff or make a career move, the Robert Half Salary Guides have the information you need to ensure your search is a success. Starting salary ranges, insight into the latest benefits and perks, hiring trends — the guides have it all. Download the Salary Guides for your area of specialization now.

Know what the job's worth

Compare compensation levels for hundreds of positions and customize them for your city. Everything you need to set your hiring budget or negotiate a job offer is at your fingertips.

Get more than just salaries

Find out what skills are hardest to hire for (and help move candidates to the front of the line). Discover the perks and benefits that job seekers crave.

Learn about the latest hiring trends

Get insight into trends that will affect the demand for talent so you can find the right candidate, hire quickly and keep them happy.

 

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Know what the job's worth

Compare compensation levels for hundreds of positions and customize them for your city. Everything you need ti set your hiring budget or negotiate a job offer is at your fingertips

Get more than just salaries

Find out what skills are hardest to hire for (and help move candidates to the front of the line). Discover the perks and benefits that job seekers crave.

Learn about the latest hiring trends

Get insight into trends that will affect the demand for talent so you can find the right candidate, hire quickly and keep them happy.

 

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Use the Robert Half Salary Calculator to determine the starting salary for a job you’re pursuing or a position you’re looking to staff. Customize the salary range by experience level and location for an accurate look at what you can earn or will have to pay to recruit top talent.

 
 
 

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Cities where starting salaries are highest

Starting salaries vary widely from city to city for many reasons, including cost of living and scarcity of talent. You need to understand the going rate for your city to compete for the best candidates. Here are some of 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, N.Y.
+40.5%
San Jose, CA
+38.5%
Boston, MA
+34%
Washington, DC
+33%
Los Angeles
+32%
Stamford, CT
+31%
Paramus, NJ
+30%
Seattle, WA
+25%
Chicago, IL
+23.5%

The benefits, perks and incentives candidates want most

Starting salary is just one element of the compensation package. Benefits, perks and incentives are other important components of the job offer and can help — or hinder — your efforts to attract and retain the best candidates.

  • 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, workplace wellness program)
  • Incentives — Motivational rewards; usually cash; tied to job performance (e.g., bonuses, profit-sharing plan)

The best way to ensure that your benefits, perks and incentives are attractive to potential hires is to benchmark your offerings against those of other companies and to understand what extras job seekers value most.

We surveyed more than 600 HR managers and more than 1,500 workers in North America to help you keep pace. Here are the benefits companies offer most frequently and the ones that candidates say matter most to them.

Health insurance**
88%
Paid time off (including vacation, sick days and paid holidays)**
80%
Dental insurance
70%
Vision Insurance
60%
Disability insurance (short-term and/or long-term)
58%
Life insurance and AD&D insurance
53%
Retirement savings plan**
52%
Leave of absence
44%
Employee assistance program
39%
Pretax programs (e.g., commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts)
22%
Tuition assistance or reimbursement
14%

**Most wanted benefits

How to compare starting salaries

To help you determine the right starting salaries for new hires, we report pay ranges by percentiles in the Salary Guides. We give you detailed data so you can see exactly where the candidate you’re considering fits on the pay scale.

  • 25th percentile — For candidates who are new to the role and still developing their skills
  • 50th percentile — For candidates with average experience and the necessary skills to get the job done
  • 75th percentile — For candidates with a strong skill set and more experience than is typical; candidates may have specialized certifications
  • 95th percentile — For candidates with a significantly high level of relevant experience and expertise, including specialized certifications

Using the information in our guides, you can also calculate starting salary ranges for more than 140 U.S. cities, from Mobile, Alabama (where salaries are 14% below the national average) to San Francisco (where they’re 41% above).

In addition, the Salary Guides highlight hot skills and specialties that typically command higher compensation. Download the Salary Guides for more on how to compare starting salaries and find the right pay range for your position and market

Getting the most accurate salary data

Employers are competing in a fierce hiring market today. Skilled talent is in short supply, and top candidates frequently field multiple job offers. Recruiting and retaining the best people require staying current on salary and hiring 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.

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 2019 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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