Want a Bigger Salary? Look for These Job Titles

Katie Sweeney
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if job listings included the salary of the position? It would certainly make job searching a lot easier; plus, no one would ever need to have that awkward salary conversation during the interview process. Well, job searchers are in luck. Money is reporting on a new study from lending company Earnest, which sifted through more than 130,000 job titles provided by loan applicants between the ages of 18 and 35. Looking at job titles, annual wages, and certain keywords, the company determined the difference in pay. It turns out that there are six words you want in your job title and three words you should avoid.

If the word lead is in the job title, it typically translates into $23,000 more in compensation. The words director and senior also show a bump in salary, $21,000 and $20,000, respectively. Other words to look for if you want to make a large salary? Professional, executive, and president. Job titles you should steer clear of are ones with the words assistant and staff, which translate to $10,000 and $15,000 less in pay. Associate is also associated with a lower salary: $12,000 less. The word consultant had the broadest variation in salaries, while manager didn’t see as high of an increase as would be expected—it only translated to a $3000 jump. Thus, if you’re in the market for a new job, look out for the words lead, senior, and director.

Get more job-searching tips with What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles.

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