Salary Guide 2021

Salary Data and Hiring Trends

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How much should I earn — or pay?

Get up to date with starting salary ranges, the latest hiring trends, tools you need to recruit top talent and much more with the Robert Half Salary Guides. Download the Salary Guide for your area of specialization to help you successfully search for top talent or a new position.

Know what the job's worth

Compare starting salaries in your market for hundreds of positions. Use the guide to plan your hiring budget or job negotiation. 

Get more than just salaries

Find out what skills are most desired and hardest to hire for. Discover which perks and benefits companies offer most.

Learn about the latest hiring trends

Get insight into the latest trends affecting the demand for talent so you can hire the right candidate quickly and keep them happy.

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More people are looking for work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find candidates for every open position or that companies aren’t hiring. Learn what positions and skill sets are most in demand. Also, find out how the rise in remote-working arrangements is changing how companies recruit, manage teams and retain the best talent.

Download the Salary Guides so you have the latest information at the ready.

Cities where starting salaries are highest

Starting salaries vary widely from city to city, depending on cost of living, scarcity of talent and other factors. Knowing the going rates for your area can make or break your recruitment efforts. Here are the cities where starting salaries are highest, plus the premium that employers can expect to pay in these areas:

San Francisco, CA
New York, NY
San Jose, CA
Boston, MA
Oakland, CA
Washington, DC
Los Angeles, CA
San Rafael, CA
Tysons Corner, VA
Stamford, CT

Benefits and Perks

We surveyed more than 500 HR managers in North America to learn what benefits and perks they offer. Compare what your company offers to help ensure you’re offering the extras job seekers really want.

Most-common benefits


Health insurance



Paid time off



Dental insurance



Retirement savings plan



Life insurance and AD&D insurance


Most-common perks


Flexible work schedules



Remote work options



Paid parental leave



Employee discounts (e.g., auto, home, electronics)



Paid time off for volunteer activities


Download the guide to see additional benefits and perks and to learn how the COVID-19 crisis affected what companies offer to attract top talent.

Getting the most helpful salary data

Attracting and keeping top talent is more important than ever in helping businesses stay strong in uncertain economic times. Employers are still challenged to find candidates with the skills they need, fast. Recruiting and retaining the best people require staying current on hiring and salary trends. That's where Robert Half comes in.

We published our first Salary Guide in 1950. Since then, we've been known as the leading source for comprehensive and highly accurate salary and hiring data. The salary ranges in the 2021 Salary Guides are based on the thousands of placements made by Robert Half staffing professionals and the actual starting salaries our clients pay for top talent.

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