State of Salary Report (U.S.)

LinkedIn Announces Inaugural State of Salary Report (U.S.)

Introduction From Guy Berger, LinkedIn’s EconomistThe job market in the United States is tightening, and that’s a good thing for professionals. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2001, and the percentage of prime working age adults who are employed is the highest it’s been since 2008.

While the steady improvement of the job market over the past year hasn’t been the same across all industries and job functions, things have gotten better for workers across skill levels, industries and regions. What does this mean for you? Bargaining power for many workers, like you, is increasing and opens the door to raises, and greater economic opportunity

Salary is a key factor in most career decisions. When deciding where to work, where to live, or what to study, pay is often top of mind. The problem is, you don’t always have the compensation data you need to make the best decisions. You decide between paths without knowing the payoffs.

To give you more visibility into your next career move, we examined data from more than two million LinkedIn members. We looked at how salaries vary by job title, education level and field of study, location, company size, and industry.

Key Findings

Job title Highest-paying job overall: orthopedic Surgeon, $450,000
Experience level Highest-paying junior-level job: investment banking analyst, $105,000
Education level Highest-paying degree: doctor of medicine (MD), $161,200
Field of study Highest-paying field of study: computer science, $92,300
Company size Highest-paying company size: 10,001+ employees, $90,600
Industry Highest-paying industry: software and IT services, $104,700
Location Highest-paying region: San Francisco Bay Area, $112,400
Read on to see how your pay stacks up and what path you might want to take – More Here

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