Here are a list of sites where one can query salaries in different countries and different professions. Many of these notes are specific to me (a guy who's just finished a PhD and equally interested in gaining industry experience - technology/security/games - as academia/research/teaching), but you too might find some of these sites useful to decide your future career path - I've written a small summary of each.
MY TAKE ON MONEY: Unlike like so many others in Generation Y I try not to live outside my means, I save when I can and I know there are more valuable things in life than money. That said, in a world getting more and more expensive, money is important. I want to own a house one day and make sure I didn't waste nine years at university getting qualifications and proving my worth!
LAST UPDATED: 2011
General Pay Scale Websites
- PayScale.com - select position (Postdoctoral Research Associate), years in field, country, education, etc. Seems quite accurate, but very slow to go through form!
Country and/or Postdoc Specific Websites
- UCSD postdoc info - includes info on benefits, 2010 rates and conditions for postdoc employees.
- Sacromento Bee State Salaries - a controversial site I came across which lets you search for anyone's salary (by name) in government or academia. Just type in their name or enter the place - currently it shows what they earned in 2007 and 2008.
- JCU lecturing - A lecturer with a PhD has a $69,000 p/a minimum starting salary - more if postdoc or industry experience (up to ~80F) (here). Probably should have taken that offer!
- UQ pay scales - IMB may not be the friendliest research institute, but as a postdoc I would be earning $62,800 p/a starting salary. Maybe I should have stayed!
- List of countries by average wage - Wikipedia - interesting that Australia is 4th... in academia it's actually ahead of the US though.