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Indeed salary searchIndeed.com has just unwrapped a salary search engine to help you navigate the nebulous world of estimating your salary worth. Its premise is based on the familiar saying, “something’s only worth what others are willing to pay.” So instead of relying on traditional salary surveys, Indeed combs over 50 million job listings looking for actual published salaries in their job descriptions. In other words, it finds out what others are willing to pay you right now. Boy, I wish I had this when I graduated from design school.

What I like

  • The interface should look quite familiar, since it’s based on Google’s bare bones home page. It’s refreshing when you compare Indeed’s salary search page to the cluttered and confusing Salary.com.

  • You can go beyond job descriptions and search for what specific skills are worth. For example, if you’re a web developer, hand-coding pays more than knowing how to use a WYSIWG web design program. [See example comparison.](http://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=GoLive&l1=&q2=Dreamweaver&l2=&q3=FrontPage&l3=&q4=%22hand+code%22&l4= “Comparison of pay for hand-coding to WYSIWG)

  • Comparing salaries for multiple job titles and locations is easy and presented nicely. See example comparison.

What I’d like to see

  • While the minimal interface is very nice, it feels almost too much like Google. A slightly more distinct visual design would help make it more memorable.

  • The comparison tool could be more robust. For example, it could show historical data of how the salary for a given position has changed over time.

  • I’d love to see a way to factor in cost of living to help compare the same jobs in different cities.

  • RSS updates for favorite searches.

The verdict

Indeed.com is easy-to-use and is ripe for a Google acquisition. If it stays out on its own, it needs a more unique design and an even more beefed up comparison tool.


  • Rony

    gravatarOct 3, 2006
    7:34 am

    Thanks for the write-up Chanpory. We had a lot of fun making this one. Based on your feedback and others we have quite a few enhancements planned for the tool including providing more transparency and insight into the data – while keeping a simple, easy to use design. Rony

  • Kuswanto

    gravatarOct 3, 2006
    8:41 am

    Wow nice tools. Thanks for the words, now i know how much is my work worthed.

  • mark

    gravatarOct 3, 2006
    5:17 pm

    very groovy

  • Maaike

    gravatarOct 4, 2006
    5:22 am

    I’m realizing I’m seriously underpaid right now… fascinating. Also, it looks like being able to code php is worth less than css – I hadn’t thought so.

  • Arthur Goranga

    gravatarOct 4, 2006
    6:21 am

    “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”… :D

  • David Bartle

    gravatarOct 4, 2006
    8:31 am

    This is an awesome site. Nice find! Right out of the gate I wanted to see more options as well such as standard deviation or the mean in comparison to the average.

  • Nabeel

    gravatarOct 6, 2006
    5:51 pm

    the salaries that many professionals make are usually not justified. Whether one is underpaid or overpaid .. there’s always an imbalance out there. Some people make peanutes for what they do while others make soo much for nothing that they do.

    Nabeel http://nabeelzeeshan.blogspot.com

  • Chanpory

    gravatarOct 7, 2006
    6:29 pm

    I, too, noticed the rather high salaries in Indeed’s results. Since Indeed gathers salary ranges published in job descriptions, it might a little biased towards large companies that will publish salaries upfront in their listings. From my experience, smaller companies that generally pay less, don’t put salaries in job listings, and thus aren’t factored in Indeed’s results.

  • Lusidvicel

    gravatarDec 18, 2006
    9:32 am

    Hello, i love http://www.lifeclever.com! Let me in, please :)