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What are some reliable sources of salary information for programmers? I have no sense of what's considered good pay for entry level developers and testers and I'd like to get some reliable information before I start talking with HR.

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In germany, there's a periodical called IX that publishes such a statistic yearly, i guess, there should be one in your country/state too.

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Can you provide us with a link? –  Primož Kralj Dec 25 '13 at 16:45
an actual article from the publisher heise.de/resale/meldung/… , the periodical itself would be this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IX_(magazine) . Typically, at the end of a year they have an article about actual salaries. –  keppla Jan 11 at 19:48
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If you're in the US, the Bureau of Labor Statistics website has a breakdown by metropolitan area.

It includes a comprehensive list of salaries for different types of programming positions in various regions around the US. Detailed stats are constantly updated (year-over-year) and change depending on location.

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would you mind explaining about this in more detail - how and why does it answer the question asked? "Link-only answers" are not quite welcome at Stack Exchange –  gnat Apr 8 '13 at 15:18
@gnat, my answer may have been more appropriate as a comment to keepla's answer. It answers the question because it includes a comprehensive list of salaries for different types of programming positions in various regions around the US. I'd include the detailed stats, but they're constantly updated (year-over-year) and change depending on location. It seemed more appropriate to point to the most relevant part of the site than try to guess location or specific programming-job-type. –  Dan Herbert Apr 8 '13 at 19:15
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In the UK there is http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/ which will let you search by keywords (e.g. "Senior Developer") and geographical location. It will show you average salaries for matching jobs posted in the last 3 months.

I've used it in the past to make sure I am at least working at market rate.

It also has an option which use contracting jobs and displays a day rate as opposed to an annual salary.

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Salaries part at GlassDoor has quite decent overview. It's based on data provided by users. You can get quite fine grained data (as specific company and specific position).

Indeed let's you search for salaries by keywords.

For aggregated data, PayScale is the place to go.

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