Help Wanted: Job and Career Information for the New Millennium


BRASS/PLA Program, ALA Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA, June 28, 1999

Wages and Salaries | Additional Resources | Internet Search Engines

Wages and Salaries

Compiled by
Sue Strehl

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Compensation Survey Program (
BLS program covering major occupations. The OCS is being integrated with two other BLS survey programs to create the National Compensation Survey ( (
Includes salaries and profiles of jobs listed in the National Business Employment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. Salary calculator has rent/own option.

Fisher, Helen S. American Salaries and Wages Survey, 4th edition Detroit: Gale, 1997
Includes data from 300 government, business and news sources, covering over 4,400 occupations.

JobOptions (
Click on Career Tools> Salary Information to reach a wealth of resources: tips on salary negotiation, general salary information, and salaries in specific job categories.

JobStar California (
General, as well as California specific, salary survey sites and other related career information.

King, Julie Adair. Smart Woman's Guide to Interviewing and Salary Negotiation, Franklin Lakes, NJ:Career Press, 1995
Focused book that covers interviewing and salary negotiations. Includes specific advice on getting the desired compensation package.

Salary Answers (
Gives maximum salary figures for hundreds of occupations.

The Salary Calculator (
Provides comparable salaries between two cities, factoring in living costs of both. Includes most major U.S. and international cities.

Salary Survey Guidebook. New York: American Management Association; American Compensation Association, 1998
Good introduction to salary surveys, including names of over 80 organizations that conduct them.

The Salary Zone (
A searchable database of salary information provided by the Bureau of National Affairs. Includes a fee based salary search service.

U.S.News-Career Guide (
Detailed coverage of top 20 hot career fields, general coverage of other areas.

WAGEWEB-Salary Survey Data On-Line (
Salaries for 160 positions included, mostly in human resources and technology areas.

Wright, John W. The American Almanac of Jobs and Salaries, 1997-98 edition. New York: Avon Books, 1996
White-collar service sector orientation; covers salary ranges for most major occupational categories within this defined area.

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Additional Resources

Compiled by
Susan R. Goshorn

Business Women's Economic Almanac. Based on a Special Report from the Business Women's Network in Conjunction with the National Association of Female Executives. Washington, DC: MCI, 1995.

Carey, James F. About Pay: Discussing Compensation. Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications, 1994.
Clearly written, practical guide with examples and case studies.

Chapman, Jack. Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1000 a Minute. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1996.
Brief publication filled with simple tips and strategies.

Chapman, Jack. Salary Negotiation. Boulder, CO: CareerTrack, 1988.

Conducting a Salary Discussion. Missasauga, ON: Marlin Westwood Training, n.d.

Crispin, Gerry. CareerXroads: The 1999 Directory to the 500 Best Job, Resume and Career Management Sites on the World Wide Web. Kendall Park, NJ: MMC Group, 1999.
Sites are listed in alphabetical order with 1/2 page of detailed information on each site. Excellent indexes make this book easy to use.

Dikel, Margaret Riley. The Guide to Internet Job Searching. Lincolnwood (Chicago), IL: VGM Career Horizons, 1998.
Tips on how to get started and how to post resumes to the Web. Specific sites are listed by discipline and cover government, public service, state, local, and international sites.

Employer Association Group. National Wage and Salary Survey Report. Rochester, NY: Industrial Management Council, 1998.

Galbraith, James K. Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay. New York: Free Press, 1998.
Excellent discussion of reasons and solutions for pay inequality in America.

Heide, Christen P. What America's Small Companies Pay their Sales Forces: and How They Make It Pay Off. Chicago, IL: Darnell Corporation, 1997.
A surprising look inside small companies.

Krannich, Ronald L. Dynamite Salary Negotiations: Know What You're Worth and Get It. Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications, 1997.
Book is filled with tips and rules for successful negotiating. Also includes trends.

Krannich, Ronald L. Get a Raise in 7 Days: 10 Salary Savvy Steps to Success. Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications, 1999.

O'Malley, Michael. Are You Paid What You're Worth?: The Complete Guide to Calculating and Negotiating the Salary, Benefits, Bonus, and Raise you Deserve. NY: Broadway Books, 1998.
Covers the inner workings of compensation systems and includes tips and strategies for salary negotiation.

Peterson's GradSearch.
Online source for locating detailed information on over 30,000 graduate and professional educational programs.

Tarrant, John J. Perks and Parachutes: Negotiating Your Best Possible Employment Deal, from Salary and Bonus to Benefits and Protection.
A step-by-step guide through the contract negotiation process.

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Internet Search Engines

(Discussed in BRASS Program)

AltaVista (

Excite (

Infoseek (

Lycos (

Magellan Internet Guide (

Starting Point (

Webcrawler (

Yahoo (

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