Before a third interview with a company, their HR representative asked what kind of compensation I would expect. If this company was in Canada where I live, I have a reasonable understanding of what kind of salary would be fair for my skills and could answer the question. However, this company is in the US, which I have no experience with.

What kind of best practices are involved in trying to determine compensation across borders, and also, comparing salaries across borders?

Edit: I would be moving to the US if I took this job.

  • Sorry. I can see how that wasn't clear. I would indeed be moving to the US. I'll edit the question.
    – HamsHroon
    Jan 24, 2014 at 21:57
  • So your question is less about figuring out the salary to ask for (see How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for?) and more about how to determine what that salary equates to (cost of living, purchasing power, etc) in your current location, as a comparison?
    – jcmeloni
    Jan 24, 2014 at 22:41
  • That's a perfect description of the quandary @jcmeloni.
    – HamsHroon
    Jan 25, 2014 at 18:24
  • Some US specific info: salar.ly
    – Matthew G.
    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:55

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One useful tool may be a cost of living calculator. If you know how much you would need to accept a similar job in your own area, you can use a cost of living calculator to determine the approximate amount that would be equivalent in the target location.

A representative international calculator is Expatistan. It's a crowdsourced tool that can be used to compare the costs of basic services in many locations around the world, using current exchange rates.


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