Information About Wages

There are many resources that employers and employees may wish to consult to determine appropriate compensation for a particular role. Please also note that job titles are not determinative but just an initial step in determining appropriate compensation for a particular role. The Task Force recommends consulting resources that provide a pay range, rather than the median compensation for a particular role. It is also recommended that more than one resource be consulted.

Possible resources include, but are not limited to:

  • California’s Employment Development Department
    Provides quarterly information regarding median wages paid for various positions in different regions of the state.
  • Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Provides information about the characteristics of various jobs, the skills, education and training required for them, typical salaries and future outlook for the occupation. It is organized by job family.
  • Learn The Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: O*Net Online
    Deep database that provides job related info by a number of different search techniques, such as industry, occupation growth rates, level of training and preparation needed (job zones) and other characteristics.
    See also the median weekly earnings of full-time and salary workers by detailed occupation and sex at
  • Glass Door
    Glass Door is a database of information about employers that includes salary reports submitted by both employer and employee users of the site.
  • Salary is a database that allows employers to analyze their internal pay practices against market rates.
  • Payscale
    Database that compiles individual salary profiles through crowdsourcing and big data technologies for use by employers and employees.
  • SimplyHired
    Calculator allows users to compare salaries with others in the same profession regionally and nationally.  Data is taken from their job listings.
  • America’s Career Infonet
    Website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, allows users to search salary and hourly ranges by zip code and occupation category.

The resources provided above are not an exhaustive list and the Task Force does not endorse reliance on any particular resource.  Please also note that the data provided in the resources above may change following future development in California law.

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