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What's It Worth?

Don't guess at important stuff like salaries. Go to a reliable source.
March 1, 2000

Are you paying your staff too much--or not enough? Do you know how to peg the salary to suit a new position? Don't guess, surf, because nowadays the Internet is crammed with rich sites filled with salary info. Such as?

Want to know what you should pay yourself? Click "Executives," and you find links to surveys of executive compensation in everything from high-tech start-ups to casinos.

Useful related info: At, you can find out what benefits are most common in which businesses. Although the information hasn't been updated in a while--the survey dates from 1996--benefits information probably hasn't changed that much and baselines are useful when negotiating with new hires.

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