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What Salary Information is on Glassdoor?

Updated 24 October, 2019

On Glassdoor, we believe more information, like salary transparency, will help people make more informed decisions on where they go to work, including better decisions around pay and compensation.

We currently offer a few different types of salary information on Glassdoor.

  • Salary reports from employees on company pages: On a company's salary pages, you can see what employees report earning for a specific job at a particular company.
  • Salary estimates on company pages: On a company's salary pages, when there is not enough information from employees to give reliable salary information, we leverage our salary estimate predictive tool to produce a salary estimate. See FAQ's below for more information.
  • Pay ranges on open jobs: Glassdoor displays pay ranges on open jobs that are provided by the employer or derived from our predictive salary estimates tool. See our What are Salary Estimates in Job Listings? article for more information.

Here are some frequently asked questions related to salary information on Glassdoor:

What are salary estimates on a company's salary pages?

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Glassdoor is leveraging its vast user-generated salary database and proprietary predictive algorithms to generate estimated salaries for select jobs within a company's salaries page when there is no user-provided salary report. Salary estimates use a statistical method that takes into account current and recent job listings over the past year, as well as user-generated salary reports for similar job titles at the company, its competitors and other employers within the local market. The model also takes into account inflation trends. Salary estimates on company pages relate to base pay and are specific to job title, company, and location.

In the minority of cases in which our salary estimates model does not have sufficient information to provide a base salary estimate (i.e., a very niche job title in which we do not have enough related salary data), no estimate will be shown. See our What are Salary Estimates in Job Listings? article for more information.

Why are you instituting salary estimates within a company's salaries page? Why is this better?

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We know that salary is among job seekers’ top considerations before accepting a job, so we want to provide even more salary information to help people find a job and company they love—helping them ensure they’re earning fair market value for their role where they live is one piece of this.

How reliable are the estimated salaries?

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Salary estimates present the median (middle 50%) salary range for that role is expected to be specific to job title, employer and location. For example, if a certain job pays $50K per year, salary estimates highlight that 50% of people are likely to make in the range of $45K to $55K per year. The median error (as measured by the difference between an estimated salary and a user-generated salary) of our salary estimates is about 13%. Also, to support providing as reliable a salary estimate as possible, our statistical methods use user-generated salary reports for similar job titles, in the same location, and look at similar employer attributes (i.e. employee size, industry).

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

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While we take inflation trends into account, we use salary data from current employees and/or former employees that worked at other companies in similar locations and industries all within the past 24 months.

How often are your estimates updated?

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Salary estimates within a company's salaries page are updated monthly on site. However, should a user-generated salary report be published where a salary estimate appears, the salary estimate will be replaced by that user-generated salary report.

What types of salary data are displayed for job titles within company profile pages?

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There are currently three ways salary data may be displayed on company pages.

  • When a job title has 3 or more salary reports from employees, the average salary is displayed.
  • When a job title has 1 or 2 salary reports from employees, a salary range is displayed in order to protect anonymity.
  • In cases where we have no salary information from employees for a specific job title, we say so.

Your estimates are not accurate. As a company, what can I do?

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To help improve the accuracy of the salary information on Glassdoor, ask your employees to anonymously share their salaries on Glassdoor. As more job-specific salary information is shared by employees on Glassdoor, it will auto-populate and replace salary estimates within a company's salaries page with a salary range or average based on the salary reports shared by employees.

If you believe a salary report or salary range is inaccurate, Contact Us with the job and corresponding salary in question, along with the link to it on Glassdoor, and any additional data or information you have. The more information we have from you, the better to help us look into the matter.

Can I turn these estimates off on my company page?

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No. But to help improve the accuracy of the salary information on Glassdoor, ask your employees to anonymously share their salaries on Glassdoor. As more job-specific salary information is shared by employees on Glassdoor, it will auto-populate and replace salary estimates with a salary range or average based on the salary reports shared by employees.

What do the confidence badges indicate that I see alongside salary information?

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In an effort to give even more transparency into how salary information is derived on Glassdoor, we publish confidence levels on our salary pages to let you know where pay data may be more reliable. Specifically, next to salary information shared by employees, you will see one of the three confidence levels:

  • Very high confidence: This data is based on a large number of fresh, recent salary reports.
  • High confidence: This data is based on some fresh, recent salary reports, and/or many older reports that may be several years old and have been adjusted for inflation.
  • Low confidence: The data we have available is an estimate based on the small number of recent salary reports, and/or the reports we have are several years old.

 

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