This is from Nick Corcodilos’ newsletter: Will a consulting firm pay me what I’m worth?
In short, the answer is… just kidding. Read Nick’s answer.
Here is an interesting snippet from Nick’s response:
First, if you’re relying on salay surveys, know when to fold them. Generalized surveys are okay to give you an idea of salaries in a particular field, but they are not a good place to start negotiating your own salary.
I’ve always disliked the salary surveys and information online. I remember a boss I had who hated them because the numbers were unrealistic for our area, or our industry, or our company, or the position (or a combination of all of those). But people would come in demanding what they found online, which was impossible.
Unrealistic expectations were set and people were disappointed. It wasn’t good.
I’m sure the survey results have gotten better but I doubt using data from those websites as gospel truth is the best strategy.