Salary and Offers
Salary offers for college graduates vary by field of study, demand, industry, size of company, location and more. Here are some guidelines for success:
- Conduct preliminary research. Some organizations may be open to negotiation but many firms have set salaries for their training programs.
- Consider all aspects of the position including culture and organizational fit. The highest-paid position isn’t always the best option.
- Get your offer in writing and thoroughly review before accepting or rejecting the position.
- Ask for additional time to consider the offer, if necessary. It’s ok to say no to an offer, just decline professionally.
- Analyze your entire compensation package including benefits, vacation/sick time, pension/saving plans, tuition remission, etc.
- Benchmark against fellow graduates.
- Juggle multiple offers carefully and adhere to professional guidelines. Seek assistance before you change your mind about an offer you’ve already accepted.
- Meet with a career coach to talk through your decision.
Best Practice Resources
- Salary Expectations and Offers Research to determine your value and set expectations
- Informational Interview Essential guidelines and sample questions
- Making Connections Steps to developing successful connections
- CareerSpots Salary and Negotiation: Juggling Job Offers, Negotiating an Offer
- CandidCareer Salary Negotiating
Salary Research Resources
- NACE Salary Calculator (benchmark your salary against other recent grads nationwide)
- Glassdoor.com (salary information by company)
- Indeed.com (salary information by job title)
- Salary.com (search jobs by salary, cost-of-living calculator)
- Salaryexpert.com (compare your salary offers to salaries nationwide)
- Nerd Wallet cost-of-living calculator