Research Salaries & Negotiate Offers

Salaries & Job Offers

Congratulations, you have an offer! Deciding to accept or decline a job offer can be challenging, and there are many factors to consider.

Researching Salary & Cost of Living

Do some research on the typical salary range for the position you are seeking. Linked below are resources that have salary information on specific industries, job types, and companies, including: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Glassdoor,, and more!

Our Outcomes reports for each graduating class has additional salary information, and our undergraduate Employer Industry & Job Function report has salary data by industries and job functions.

Deciding on an Offer & Negotiation

There are many factors that may contribute to your decision, but the biggest thing to remember is that you don’t have to answer right away.

This article describes the many ways you can assess your values to help make the decision, and ways to negotiate for more time or money. You can also access the negotiation curriculum available in Big Interview with your Penn Key.

Quick Reply Deadline?

If you are faced with an early deadline, contact your career advisor to discuss your options. We are happy to discuss how to negotiate for more time to make a careful decision. You can also review our employer offer guidelines for ideas on appropriate timing.

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