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What are Salary Estimates in Job Listings?

Updated 27 September, 2019

To better match the right people with the right companies, Glassdoor includes salary estimates in job listings. Here are some frequently asked questions related to Glassdoor salary estimates in job listings for job seekers and employers:

Why are you showing salary estimates in job listings?

  • For employers: Salary estimates in job listings help you recruit and hire. It helps employers significantly by driving greater interest to your jobs and reducing time in the recruitment and interview process by ensuring only informed candidates with the right expectations apply. 
    • Providing pay information at the beginning of the recruiting and interview process helps candidates self-select out, reducing the number of resumes needed to get to hire in half (Data analysis of 12M applications 7/1/2016-12/31/2017 from leading ATS provider Greenhouse comparing application-to-hire ratios for Glassdoor vs. other job sites.).
    • Hiring decision-makers also report that when they hire informed candidates (including candidates informed about salary realities), the top three benefits they see are better retention rates, and more productive and more engaged employees (Glassdoor Survey, August 2017).
    • Since introducing salary estimates in job listings in 2017, data show more job seekers are clicking on and applying to jobs with salary estimates, bringing more interest to an employer’s job listings.
  • For job seekers: Including salary information in job listings provides them with added pay information they’ve been asking for, and helps them find jobs where pay realities meet their pay expectations.
    • In fact, data shows that job seekers want more insight into salary and compensation during the job search process, as nearly all (98%) job seekers and employees say it would be helpful to see salary ranges included in open job listings (Glassdoor Survey, April 2017).
    • Among those surveyed, 8 in 10 (82%) Glassdoor users say salary and compensation package is among their biggest considerations before accepting a job. (Glassdoor Site Survey, August 2018)

I am the employer for a job listing and the salary estimate is off. Can I update the estimate?

  • Yes. If employers feel a Glassdoor estimated salary range is off on your job listing(s), employers are welcome to update pay ranges themselves by signing in to their Employer Center with a Free Employer Account. Once in, just click on the Jobs & Recruiting tab, and then All Jobs.
  • Pay ranges on jobs that employers update will be reflected within one business day. If pay ranges are not updated or there is a problem, employers can contact our salaries team. Once updated, the employer-provided salary will appear on the job posting.
  • Additionally, before editing or adding a salary estimate, you can now scroll through to review all titles that will be impacted.
  • We've also given employers the ability to remove your employer-provided salary estimate. All jobs with an underlying Glassdoor salary will revert to this range.

I am the employer for a job listing in which there is no salary range displayed. Can I add a salary range on this job listing?

  • Yes, employers can now add a salary estimate to their open jobs.
  • Before editing or adding a salary estimate, you can now scroll through to review all titles that will be impacted.
  • To add a salary estimate:
    1. Sign in to their Employer Center.
    2. Click on the Jobs & Recruiting tab.
    3. Click All Jobs.
    4. Click + Add Salary
    5. All changes will be reflected within one business day. 
  • Note: Only jobs with + Add Salary will allow a salary to be added.

If I have multiple roles with the same title and location, can I have different salary estimates for each?

  • No, at this time we don't distinguish at the job listing level, only at the job title level for each location. For example, if you have 4 open listings for 'senior account manager' in San Francisco, they would all receive the same salary range.
  • As of January 2019, employers can now see the full list of roles that will be impacted by an update in a scrolling list.

I am the employer and we did not give you permission to include salary information in our job listings and/or job alerts on Glassdoor. Please remove it.

  • At Glassdoor, our goal is to help match the right people with the right employers by leveraging workplace transparency, including offering more information around pay to help ensure pay expectations meet pay realities. In turn, this helps employers recruit more informed candidates which employers say lead to better retention rates, and more productive and more engaged employees (Glassdoor Survey, August 2017). We are also committed to treating all employers equally, regardless of paid or unpaid relationships with Glassdoor. As such, we do not remove salary estimates from a company’s job listings on Glassdoor.
  • However, salary ranges can be added or updated to reflect more reliable salary ranges that you, the employer, would like displayed. All you have to do is sign in to your Employer Center with a Free Employer Account. Once in, just click on the Jobs & Recruiting tab, and then All Jobs.
    • Salary ranges on jobs that employers add or update will be reflected within one business day. If salary ranges are not added or updated or there is a problem, employers can contact our salaries team.

Can self-serve or third-party salary range information be updated on a posted job?

  • If a job is a self-serve job or a third-party job board job, then those jobs will not be visible in the Employer Center and therefore employers will not be able to update the salary estimates on those jobs with the Employer Center feature. In these situations, follow the below process
    1. ​​​​​​​Contact our Salary Estimates team to let them know you'd like to provide salary ranges to update the ranges currently displayed on your job listings (expect 2-3 business days for a response).
    2. Our Salary Estimates team will provide forms for you to fill out regarding what salary ranges are off, and what correct ranges should be. Feel free to fill out only the jobs you need to adjust - no need to fill out every single job in the sheet.
    3. Our Salary Estimates team will review the information and if there are no questions, our team will update your job listings to display the salary ranges you provide. This process can take up to seven business days.
  • Ability in self-service to add salary ranges was added in Q1 2018 when employers are adding new job postings and ability to override Glassdoor Salary Estimates on individual job listings.
    • These salaries will show up on jobs as Employer Provided.

Salary estimates in job listings appear to be from the employer. Can you fix this?

  • Glassdoor displays on the job listing itself and at the top of the job description that salary ranges are a Glassdoor Estimated Salary. In addition, by clicking on the exclamation point icon next to this, we explain that salary ranges are not necessarily endorsed by the employer and that actual compensation may vary based on experience. We also describe how we calculate Glassdoor salary ranges. 
  • If an employer does provide salary information, this will be distinguished on the job as Employer Est salary.

I am an employer and understand that I can add or update salary ranges on my job listings. Can I do the same thing to update salary information on my salaries page?

  • While we are currently accepting employer-provided salary ranges to display on job listings, this does not apply to salary information on company profile pages. However, our product team is exploring possibilities to better incorporate this type of feedback on salary company profile pages as well.
  • At this time, the best way to help improve the accuracy of salary information on your company profile pages is to encourage your employees to contribute a salary report. The more information we have from employees about salaries, the more reliable the salary information becomes over time. See this article for more information.

How are salary estimates calculated?

  • Salary estimates are generated by Glassdoor using salary data from millions of U.S. employees and third-party sources using patent-pending machine learning algorithms. Salary estimates factor in recent user-generated salary reports for similar job titles at the company, its competitors and other employers for a specific location.
  • Glassdoor also wants to remind you that salary estimates are estimates. They do not represent guarantees of actual salaries and they are not necessarily endorsed by the employers. The purpose of salary estimates is to use predictive data science to provide job seekers a likely salary range so they can make more informed job decisions, and help employers recruit informed and quality candidates. For this reason, Glassdoor does not guarantee the accuracy of estimates. We encourage job seekers to supplement Glassdoor’s salary estimates with other research to help you make the most informed job decision as possible.

What is the minimum annual salary that I can add as a salary estimate on my job postings?

  • The minimum annual salary that can be listed on Glassdoor's job postings is $15,000.00, which is the national minimum wage.  We understand that organizations may offer part time positions that pay less than $15,000.00 per year. However, Glassdoor's salary product is currently built based off of full time annual salaries. Note that our Product Team is consistently working to improve our Glassdoor salary estimate product. Employers may have the ability in the future to add their part time salaries to their job postings.  In the meantime, Glassdoor does offer employers the ability to add hourly pay as opposed to annual salary which can help clarify the pay for job seekers. We also recommend discussing part time salaries within the job descriptions to give job seekers a better idea of the salary offered. 

What is being shown exactly in a salary estimate?

  • Salary estimates in job listings display a range for annual base or hourly pay and are specific to job title, company, and location. They do not factor in variable compensation, such as bonuses, commissions, tips, stock, benefits or other components. They also do not factor in years of experience. At this time, salary estimates are included in some job listings on Glassdoor for annual salaried jobs and hourly pay jobs but are not included for jobs in which pay is primarily commission-based. In some cases, salary estimates are displayed on jobs in which a portion of the pay is commission-based.

Are salary estimates in job listings completely accurate?

  • No. Salary estimates are estimates, derived from patent-pending machine learning algorithms. At this time, the median error (as measured by the difference between an estimated base salary and a user-generated salary for a comparable role) of our base salary estimates is about 11%.

Why are there salary estimates in some job listings, but not all?

  • Salary estimates are calculated in more than half of online job listings found on Glassdoor in the U.S. only. In the near future, we hope to increase our coverage of salary estimates in job listings, including increasing coverage to markets outside the U.S.
  • If a salary estimate is not provided in a job listing found on Glassdoor, it means there is not enough data available for our proprietary algorithm to calculate a reliable salary estimate. But, as more data becomes available, a salary estimate may appear in that job listing at a later date. 
  • Employers may update jobs without a salary estimate.
    1. Sign in to their Employer Center.
    2. Click on the Jobs & Recruiting tab.
    3. Click All Jobs.
    4. Click + Add Salary.
    5. All changes will be reflected within one business day. 
  • Note: Only jobs with + Add Salary will allow a salary to be added.

How old is the salary data that Glassdoor uses for salary estimates?

  • We use salary data from millions of current and former employees to generate salary estimates, applying an emphasis on recent salaries over the past two years. Part of the algorithm also takes into account inflation trends to provide the most helpful and reliable salary estimates possible.


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