,,, and also has an easy-to-use salary tool that can give a rough approximation of pay in a particular geographic location. is another good source, as is Robert Half Salary Central and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a wealth of salary information drawn from its employer surveys.

The sites all get their information in different ways and vary in the precision with which you can search for a salary number.

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Comparing Wages Across the U.S. by Sara Murray, WSJ

For employees in most occupations, it pays to work on the coast. Those working in metro areas scattered along the East and West coasts – San Jose, New York, Seattle – tended to get paid better last year than their middle-America counterparts, according to the Labor Department’s report comparing occupational pay in 77 metro areas, released Wednesday. Employees in the heartland and in certain southern metro areas, such as Lincoln, Neb., and Tallahassee, Fla., earned the least. (See a full-size interactive map.)

How To Know What That Job Pays Susan Adams, Forbes Staff

You’re much better off in a salary negotiation if you know what others make.

In Pictures: How To Know What That Job Pays

The easiest, quickest way to get a salary snapshot: Google. Just type in a job title, location and the word “salary” or “compensation,” and you’ll get a quick hit of information.

A lot of that data will likely come from the job websites