Salary and Cost of Living

Below are some useful resources when looking for accurate and reliable information regarding salary expectations, cost of living numbers, and personal finance management.  Please consider meeting with a career advisor if you have additional questions or cannot find the information you are looking for.  Feel free to use our on-line scheduler or call 507.457.5878 to schedule your appointment.

Disclaimer: Please note that the links to other websites are provided as a source of information but are not maintained or endorsed by Winona State University, Career Services.

Government Salary Resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provides national average salaries for hundreds of careers.  Data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career OneStop - Click on "Salary & Benefits" link.  Information includes a list of the current highest paying jobs, and breakdowns of salaries by occupation and location.  You can narrow your search to state averages and even local salary averages.  Also includes other great resources regarding relocation and health and benefit plans.  Sponsored by the US Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.

Other Salary Resources

CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator - Determine how far your salary will get you in another city across the country.

NACE Salary Calculator

Bankrate.com Cost of Living Calculator - Determine what salary you would need to earn to maintain your current standard of living in a new city.  Also compare costs on common purchases such as a home, services, food and household necessities.

NerdWallet Cost of Living Calculator - Similar to other cost of living calculators. This website also offers articles and resources on the best cities for new grads, job-seekers, and aspiring homeowners.

Mint.com - Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Using the website or mobile app, Mint.com automatically updates and categorizes your information, and suggests ways to help you save, set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money, for free!

iSeek Reality Check - This interactive tool will help you understand how to achieve your desired lifestyle based on the costs of your basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation and health care. After entering anticipated costs, the tool will provide you with the annual salary you would need to earn to support your desired lifestyle. A list of careers that if the resulting salary profile can also be located.

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