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How to read/use the data in this calculator

The following salary data is shown for each position:

  • The lower quartile marks where 25% of the reported values are lower than the figure given and 75% are higher.
  • The median is the midpoint in the range of values, where 50% are higher than the figure given and 50% are lower.
  • The upper quartile marks where 75% of the reported values are lower than the figure given and 25% are higher.

If you are earlier in your career, or have recently moved to a new position, your salary will most likely be closer to the lower quartile figure, while if you are more experienced, or have been in your position longer, you are more likely to be closer to the median or upper quartile figure.

Location may also impact where you fall in the salary range: If you live in an area with a higher cost of living, or a larger metro area, you may be closer to the median and upper quartile figures, whereas if you are in an area with a lower cost of living, or a smaller metro area, you may be closer to the lower quartile figure.

It is important to note that salaries may vary significantly within regions of the country, based on what metro area you are located closest to within that region. Salaries may also vary widely within the same position, based on your exact roles and responsibilities.

 

Definitions

Compensation Measures

Base Pay (US$)

Each establishment reported the average annual full-time base pay received per person in that position as of January 1, 2019.

Additional Cash Compensation (US$)

The average additional cash compensation (beyond base pay) received per person in 2018 (if any), including overtime (discretionary and/or mandated by law), commissions, bonuses, incentive pay, share of profits, retirement benefits paid, and any other cash compensation. Additional cash compensation EXCLUDES the value of all employee benefits, including medical/ dental/ vision insurance, association memberships, etc.

Statistics

Lower quartile

The lower quartile marks where 25% of the reported values are lower than the figure given and 75% are higher. Also referred to as the 25th percentile.

Median

The median is calculated by rank ordering all responses and then selecting (or interpolating) the value below which 50% of all responses lie. It is often thought of as the “typical” value of a variable and is not influenced by extreme values in the distribution. Also known as the 50th percentile.

Upper quartile

The upper quartile marks where 75% of the reported values are lower than the figure given and 25% are higher. Also referred to as the 75th percentile.

Average

The arithmetic average (or mean), calculated by summing all responses and dividing by the number of responses. May be influenced by extreme values in the distribution.

# of Establishments

The number of responding establishments meeting the selection criteria and reporting the position.

# of Positions

The total number employed full-time in the position across all reporting establishments as of January 1, 2019 (excludes part-time employees and contractors).

Selection Variable

Census Divisions

The location of the establishment using US Census Divisions; constituent states are shown below.

New England
CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Boston.

Middle Atlantic
NJ, NY, PA
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: New Jersey, New York, New York City, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh.

East North Central
IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Illinois, Chicago, Indiana, Indianapolis, Michigan, Detroit, Ohio, Wisconsin.

West North Central
IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Missouri, Kansas City, St. Louis.

South Atlantic
DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Florida, Miami, Georgia, Atlanta, Maryland, Baltimore, North Carolina, Charlotte, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC.

East South Central
AL, KY, MS, TN
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Tennessee, Nashville.

West South Central
AR, LA, OK, TX
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Oklahoma, Texas, Austin, Dallas, Houston.

Mountain
AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: Arizona, Phoenix metro, Colorado, Denver.

Pacific
AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
Salaries in this region may be more influenced by responses from firms in the following specific states and metro areas: California, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Oregon, Portland, Washington, Seattle.

Benefits

The average estimated value of all automatic and defined fringe benefits (noting that benefits included will vary by firm) offered to given employee types in 2018, as a percentage of annual base pay, by firm size. Items that depend on financial performance, such as profit-sharing and discretionary year-end bonuses, are excluded.

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