4. Research to Compare Pay Rates

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In this video, you will search the internet for information about pay rates.

This will help you determine whether to request a raise and how much to ask for.

To start, navigate to Google dot com in a new tab in your browser.

Keep your document open in another tab, so you can easily click back to it.

In the search box, type in your job title or type of work and “salary” or “pay rate."

When you do an internet search, typing in broad search terms returns millions of results, and you may not find the information you are looking for.

Use the words you listed in your document to focus your internet search.

This will help you find out whether a raise is a good possibility, based on your current rate of pay and other factors.

For example, type keywords in the search box for your job title, type of work, and the area where you work.

Include the words “salary” or “hourly rate.”

Scroll through your search results.

Your results will come from a variety of sources, including job search engines.

Many typically include pay rate information.

For example, Google Jobs collects information about average pay for many positions and displays it in one place.

Double-check the pay information you find by searching for more sources.

You might compare pay rates for jobs similar to yours in other areas of the country or in areas that are rural, urban, or in the suburbs.

You might also check the national average pay for your job.

Link the websites you find to your document, so you can quickly visit them again later or even show them to your supervisor.

To start, click back to your document, type in a heading for your search, and format it like the other headings.

Then, type in a few words to describe the first source you will link.

Click on the tab with your internet search, and navigate to the source you would like to link.

Highlight the U-R-L in the navigation bar, and click control C on a PC or command C on a Mac to copy it.

Return to the tab with your document.

HIghlight the words you typed in, and insert a link.

Paste in the U-R-L you just copied.

When you click on the linked words, it takes you to the website in a new tab!

Repeat these steps to link the other sources you found.

Next, determine whether or not to ask for a raise based on the information from your internet search and the job details you included in your document.

Raises are based on many factors: How long you have worked at your job How your accomplishments and skills meet company priorities And national and regional average pay for the type of work you do.

Review your document again.

Does a raise seem like a possibility?

If so, determine how much of an increase to ask for.

Include a heading for your pay raise request.

If you decide not to ask for a raise, think about next steps.

Perhaps you will pursue more training, volunteer for extra work duties or projects, or even consider a career change.

The document you created can become a place to record ideas for a plan and information about how to achieve it.

Now, it’s your turn: Search the internet for pay rates using keywords from your document, Link your sources in your document, and Determine whether to ask for a raise and what pay rate to request.


  1. Search the internet for pay rates using keywords from your document.
  2. Link your sources in your document,
  3. Determine whether to ask for a raise and what pay rate to request.