Research Salaries and Negotiate Offers

Advice and strategies to help you navigate the end stage in the hiring process. 

Ahead of the Offer: Do Your Research
To begin, we suggest you familiarize yourself with MSU’s Employment Offer Guidelines, which capture our university’s expectations when it comes to offers being in writing, having a reasonable amount of time to consider an offer, and MSU’s reneging policy.

Salary Expectations
One of the strongest pieces of intel you can have at your fingertips as a candidate is salary information for your industry. An industry’s economic climate and the location of your position will majorly influence your salary, but you can turn to tools like MSU’s Career Outcomes Report, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) salary calculator, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Information Network (O*Net), LinkedIn Salary,, and, to get a sense of the norms in your field. Because it’s not unusual to be asked what your salary expectations are in an interview, it’s good to have a solid sense of the salary range for the role(s) you’re vying for.

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*Data Source: Post-graduation outcomes and experiences of bachelor’s degree recipients (2019-2023).