What are you worth?
If you are looking into changing jobs, or just contemplating whether you make the right amount of money for the job that you are currently working, Yahoo posted an article that might help you better determine what you are worth. Below is a link to the article along with a few of the tips: (http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/salary/Determine_What_Youre_Worth__20031112-1214.html?subtopic=Salary )
First, research what others in your field are making. Remember to consider their education and experience level as well. If you are being hired on at a new company with less experience than someone else who is doing the same job, chances are you won´t make the same amount of money. If you have been out of work for a while raising a family, you will probably start lower on the pay scale as well.
Consider the benefits that go along with a position. For instance, one company may pay less but offer better health insurance. Another might pay very well but not offer the perks that a smaller company offers, such as more vacation time and a company car. Add these up as you consider positions. Gas is expensive; will you pay a lot to commute by driving your own car? How much sick time will you get with each job? Vacation time? Does comp time come into play if you work extra hours?
Think about what it is that you can offer the company that another employee may not. Do you have a special skill set that would work well with the company though it is not required? Most companies will not have a set salary that they are offering but instead a range and will pay according to the other abilities you can bring into the workplace. Discuss these added abilities during the job interview; you never know – they may put you ahead of the other candidates.