44% of US Job Postings Have Salary Information in Them

By Dylan Buckley

Salary transparency is a hot topic in today's job market, and for good reason. When job seekers have access to accurate salary information, they can make informed decisions about their careers, negotiate fair compensation, and ensure that their financial needs are met. Employers benefit from salary transparency as well, it can help attract top talent, reduce turnover, build trust with their workforce and crucially, increase efficiency for all parties during the hiring process.

UPDATE: We dug into the numbers further after getting hundreds of comments about salary ranges, and companies using a wide range to evade salary transparency laws. Check out that post here

At DirectlyApply we have always believed that giving job seekers access to as much information up front about potential job opportunities leads to the best outcomes for both them and also employers, not just salary information, but job requirements, benefits offered, working conditions, shifts etc. In order to present this information to job seekers DirectlyApply has developed the most comprehensive rich data extractions for job postings on the market.

44% of job postings across the US contain salary information in November 2023.

From almost 5m active job vacancies on DirectlyApply, we have analysed salary transparency across US states and also job categories.

States:

Louisiana comes in with the lowest level of salary transparency at only 30% of job postings containing salary information, South Dakota tops the charts with 75% of job postings containing salary information.

While a number of states have enacted salary transparency rules, currently only four states require salary ranges in job postings. Amongst these states, New York is the worse performer with only 44% of job posting containing salary information (though New York only required this from September 2023). Colorado leads with 70% of job postings containing salary information. Washington and California also have job posting requirements with 60%, and 53% respectively.

The average across the 4 states with enacted laws is 56%, higher than the 44% national average.

A break down of all states is below:

State

Percentage with salary information

Alabama

39%

Alaska

39%

Arizona

38%

Arkansas

37%

California

53%

Colorado

70%

Connecticut

30%

Delaware

50%

District of Columbia

34%

Florida

30%

Georgia

38%

Hawaii

33%

Idaho

47%

Illinois

33%

Indiana

48%

Iowa

59%

Kansas

44%

Kentucky

43%

Louisiana

30%

Maine

43%

Maryland

43%

Massachusetts

36%

Michigan

35%

Minnesota

46%

Mississippi

42%

Missouri

46%

Montana

53%

Nebraska

50%

Nevada

46%

New Hampshire

52%

New Jersey

48%

New Mexico

50%

New York

44%

North Carolina

42%

North Dakota

50%

Ohio

36%

Oklahoma

52%

Oregon

52%

Pennsylvania

40%

Rhode Island

36%

South Carolina

33%

South Dakota

75%

Tennessee

40%

Texas

35%

Utah

36%

Vermont

55%

Virginia

49%

Washington

60%

West Virginia

38%

Wisconsin

37%

Wyoming

62%

Categories:

When comparing salary transparency by job category Military and IT positions lead with 58% and 57% respectively advertising salary information. At the other end Sanitation, Engineering, Transportation & Logistics and Agriculture all perform well below average with less than 33% of job posting advertising salary ranges.

Job Category

Percentage with salary information

Administration

39%

Agriculture

32%

Construction

52%

Education

47%

Engineering

31%

Healthcare

46%

Hospitality

39%

Information Technology

57%

Legal

51%

Management

45%

Manufacturing

54%

Military

58%

Sales

43%

Sanitation

30%

Science

39%

Security

54%

Transportation & Logistics

32%

Notes on the data:

The above data is extracted from 5m active job postings, live on DirectlyApply as of 3rd November 2023. DirectlyApply removes all duplicate postings, postings where our AI systems detect there may be fraud, or job postings that don't meet our standards for advertising.

If you want more information about DirectlyApply or our features feel free to reach out to   Dylan  or   Will  on Linkedin or email:   [email protected]