Salary Survey: Results

On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, I shared via social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) a link to a Salary Survey for 25-29 year olds.  There were two questions; the first was required and it asked the participant to share their annual salary (there were 25 different options, from less than $20,000 to $100,000+), and the second question was optional and it asked the participant to enter their field/industry.

This survey came out of a few situations recently where friends had been given a new contract at work and they weren’t sure whether the salary offered was appropriate.  Although there are so many factors to consider when deciding if a salary is appropriate, I think one difficult thing for young professionals is knowing what their age group makes.  That was the point of this survey; to give young professionals perspective in a simple, general way.  The survey does not take into account years of experience, organization, or position.

Over approximately 24 hours, 100 individuals participated in the survey.  Here are the results:

# of participants: 100
Average salary:
$47,270
Mode salary:
$62,500 (mode = most frequently stated salary [10% of total participants])
Second mode salaries: $39,000 and $45,000 (each are 7% of total participants)

# of participants who entered their field/industry: 82/100
# of different fields/industries stated more than once:
18

Average salary for someone in Advertising: $44,500 (4 responses)
Average salary for someone in Communications: $55,750 (2 responses)
Average salary for someone in Dance: $21,250 
(2 responses)
Average salary for someone in Education: $45,500 
(6 responses)
Average salary for someone in Engineering: $65,000
(2 responses)
Average salary for someone in Fundraising: $56,000
(9 responses)
Average salary for someone in Government: $48,000
(2 responses)
Average salary for someone in Healthcare: $54,800
(5 responses)
Average salary for someone in Insurance: $40,000 (2 responses)
Average salary for someone in IT: $69,000 
(2 responses)
Average salary for someone in Journalism: $39,500 
(3 responses)
Average salary for someone in Marketing: $48,500 
(5 responses)
Average salary for someone in Media: $42,500 
(3 responses)
Average salary for someone in Music: $28,500 
(3 responses)
Average salary for someone in Non-profit: $38,000 
(8 responses)

If you have any questions about this survey or want more information, comment here or email me at maeve@whatgivesphilanthropy.com.

Thanks!

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