Thursday, August 7, 2008

Money talk taboo

This is why we can't get salary information: money talk is taboo. If people won't provide information about salary--and getting ranges makes people touchy enough--it is almost impossible to get accurate salary data for surveys.

Many salary survey sites are getting around the talking with people problem by using the salary information posted in job ads. However, this is merely a range, and they don't know what number the person was offered and what she accepted for the position.

Compound this with most people don't know how much money they make, just that they have some, and you can understand why salary data is unreliable.

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