How to Calculate a Starting Salary

by Valencia Higuera

Calculating the starting salary for a new employee can prove challenging for human resources managers or employers. Various factors determine an employee's worth, and offering a low salary might turn off a qualified candidate. To avoid insulting a new employee, human resources personnel and employers should follow specific salary guidelines to determine an employee's starting salary.

1. Review the pay range for the position. This range reveals the pay for entry-level employees, as well as the salary cap for the position. The employee's starting salary will fall within this range. Pay ranges vary by company, state and region. Research other companies to see what they're paying for similar positions.

2. Inquire about experience. Ask potential candidates to list relevant work experience on their application and resume, or ask about experience during the interview. Having a background and comprehensive knowledge in the field helps employees acquire a higher starting salary.

3. Evaluate the employee's educational background. Having a degree or an advanced degree in a field justifies a higher starting salary. Request information regarding the employee's schooling. Did the he complete college? What was his major?

4. Ask the employee to list any other qualifications that might justify a higher starting salary. For example, the employee might speak multiple languages, be proficient in a particular computer program or obtained a specific license or certification.

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