salary wizards

  1. I just checked on to see how my pay compared to other areas. However, when I checked my OWN area, the median salary shown was about $5,000/yr more than I actually make.

    Just how accurate are these salary wizards. Would some of you mind comparing your salary at with your city/state and see how close it is? Just curious, since I am looking for a job in a different city.


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  3. by   Pretzlgl
    Mine shows up about 7,000 more than I make. I think it's because it is the median salary. ????
  4. by   Pretzlgl
    I too recently was looking for a job in a different city. I called the hospitals in that area and asked what my salary would be. They all gave me an answer. I think it is more accurate this way also.
  5. by   Jay Levan
    Guess what, the information you have just posted, is the exact reason that there are huge misconceptions about our salaries. You see HA(Hospital Admin. would have the public beliving that our salaries are more than adequate. By furnishing statistitions with "Median Salaries" of ALL nursing personell and when you average out those salaries you get a higher "Median" salary in theory. Reality is of course different. Also HA's and Policy and Procedures prohibit nurses or any other employees from discussing these figures, Why? maybe to better be able to continue supplying inflated figures One man's observation.
  6. by   sjoe
    If you go to the "methodology" button on that site you will find, among a lot of other info:

    Every job in the Salary Wizard has been thoroughly researched and validated by's team of compensation consultants who have combined experience of over 40 years in the compensation and statistical analysis fields. purchases the most current salary surveys available from well-recognized, reputable compensation consulting firms. This survey data is used for analysis and benchmarking by extracting and reporting the market salary data for each position that matches to one of the jobs reported in the Salary Wizard. To ensure jobs are appropriately matched, our analysts benchmark the jobs based on job content, not job title. Note that all data used in researching salary levels for the Salary Wizard has been reported by human resource professionals. In the Salary Wizard database and in the premium Personal Salary Report and CompAnalyst databases, does not use any salary information from individual site users, placement agencies, job postings, nor any other sources that would traditionally be characterized as "unreliable" by compensation or human resource professionals.

    The research database includes information on more than 1.3 million incumbents and 5,000 companies. Most jobs in the Salary Wizard are based on 100 or more incumbent salaries.

    The salary data is presented in two pieces: base pay and total cash compensation (base pay plus annual incentives). The market pay level is based on the median, or 50th percentile, of all salaries reported for a given job. This represents the midpoint of the competitive market rate for that job. To provide perspective on scope and distribution of pay amounts, the Salary Wizard also shows the range around the median that includes the half of the people in that job who are paid closest to the market median - and thus excludes the lowest 25 percent and the highest 25 percent by pay.

    Results for each piece are displayed in a graph to show visually this "interquartile range." The minimum of the range is the 25th percentile, which means only 25 percent of salaries reported for a particular job fall below this level; the maximum of the range is the 75th percentile, which means 75 percent of all salaries reported for that job fall below this amount (i.e., 25 percent fall above this amount). Although this interquartile range roughly equates to the typical market range for the position, there are a reasonable number of people whose pay is higher or lower than the interquartile range - in fact, 25 percent of those in any given job are expected to be paid above the 75th percentile and 25 percent are expected to be paid below the 25th percentile.

    Although the data sources we use are the most recent available, there is a lag between the effective data of the salary information they report and today - sometimes more than a year. To recognize that salaries increase faster than studies are printed, uses the industry standard approach of modifying the data by applying an aging factor to adjust the data to a common date and to accommodate the movement of salaries over time. Not all salaries move at the same rate. For instance, in the last few years, salaries in the information technology field have increased much faster than salaries in other jobs (5 to 15 percent for IT versus 2 to 5 percent in general). Therefore, IT salaries are adjusted at a higher rate than non-IT jobs.
  7. by   Kayzee
    Very Impressed. You sure know your site well!!
  8. by   anitame
    I figured what my salary would be if I worked full time (which I don't) and is right on. BUT I work in the Pacific Northwest, which typically has higher salaries according to Nursing magazine. My entire region is also highly unionized, which doesn't hurt.
  9. by   Jenny P
    Because of my senioity, my salary is quite a bit HIGHER than the one posted at After reading the job description for critical care staff nurses, my job description is also much more complex than the one they have posted.It is an interesting site, though. And I'm in a union, and Nursing magazine also quotes a lower salary for my region of the country than what we actually earn in this particular metropolitan area.