/ Asked by Kahla
What is an appropriate way to figure out what a job pays before you waste a lot of time, attention, and hard work on a specific job/company? It would seem to be a hard subject to bring up, but I would hate to have my foot halfway in the door and then to find out the pay is not what I thought it was going to be.
Answered by Elizabeth, Hiring Expert at HCA Healthcare, on Thursday, December 5, 2013
This is where informational interviews come in handy.  I would encourage you to consider scheduling conversations with alumni who are hired within the company or try to network through other avenues (professional associations, professors, peers).  Bring a series of questions to that conversation, but one question you might ask is the average compensation is for an entry-level hire.  That being said, I encourage you to not be overly focused on the compensation for your first role, within reason.  There is no price that can be put on experience that you gain in your first job. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, December 6, 2013
There are a number of on-line resources that may be helpful in determining this information.  Web sites such as monster.salary.com, salaryexpert.com, and glassdoor.com can provide tools that help you to understand average salaries for job titles, in particular companies, in particular geographic locations.  Sites like Glassdoor also have general research on companies where in some cases there are reviews on companies which can give you some insight on the compensation at that company.  Utilizing these resources can arm you with information that could be helpful in eventual salary negotiations.
Answered by Rodd, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
It's best to review the level of the job and understand the job description to have a better gauge on compensation ranges. Also- it is fine during an informational interview to get a sense of salary ranges for the position. There are also many resources out there (i.e Glassdoor) that can provide a guideline based on the level of position.
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Friday, July 11, 2014
If you are exploring a specific level position, there are a lot of on-lines resources to help you get a sense of the compensation band for the role is. Also, have in mind what your expectations are , and if meeting for an informational interview w/thie recruiter that is fine to ask broadly what the compensation might look like.
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