Launching your career by landing your first full-time job can be thrilling, but there might be one small thing you’re not so sure about as you wait to hear the words, “You’re hired!”: Money.
To show just how wide the general baselines can be: ZipRecruiter posts the average entry-level salary by state, citing a range of $25,712 to $35,793, while the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that the average starting salary for the Class of 2019 was $53,889.
Taking the time to do your research is well worth the confidence you’ll gain knowing what you should be earning at your first job.
Once you have those basics covered, use the methods below to help figure out your ideal entry-level salary range.
Use Online Tools
Talk to Your Network
Check Out Professional Associations
Find First Destination Data
Anticipate Your Budget
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