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Cost of Living

When you're negotiating a new job, a good salary is relative to the portion of the country in which you live. For instance, making $50,000 a year in the rural midwest will get you much more than downtown Manhattan. Use our tools to find out how much people make in different parts of the country and read the latest articles related to cost of living.

Cost of Living Advice

  • Salary.com's Salary Value Index

    Are you considering moving to a new town? Maybe your earnings just aren't up to par with the cost of living in your current city. Perhaps you're even having trouble finding a job. If so, it may be time to look at one of the cities at the … Read more...

  • COBRA

    The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) is a federal law that protects your right to continued health insurance. COBRA gives former employees, retirees, spouses and dependent children, who were covered by a group … Read more...

  • Other Forms of Health Coverage

    Health benefits concern the physical well being of employees and their families. Broadly speaking, this could include such things as medical coverage, dental and vision insurance, prescription drug plans, certain types of disability … Read more...

  • Healthcare Benefits

    Types of Medical Insurance. Since health benefits were introduced in the U.S. marketplace in the 1940s, they have been both a blessing and a curse. No one wants to be without them, but few of us can afford to pay full freight either. Most … Read more...

  • Benefits Basics

    Benefits can significantly increase the value of the compensation package. The costs for providing benefits such as health insurance, retirement , training, vacation and personal days, and other perks could be a significant percentage of … Read more...

  • Salary.com's Salary Value Index

    Are you living beyond your means? Is your paycheck not stretching far enough? Perhaps you're even having trouble finding a job. Maybe it's time to jump a plane to one of the cities at the top of Salary.com's "Salary Value" index. We found … Read more...

  • How do I negotiate for a cost-of-living adjustment?

    My facility just was closed. Approximately 80 hourly employees were eliminated, as well as 90 percent of the salaried workforce. I am one of the lucky 10 percent who are being offered postions at a different location. I currently live in a … Read more...

  • What is the value of a company car?

    My company recently decided to eliminate company cars as a perk for any employee. Since they have always maintained that the benefit was "part of my compensation," I want to ask for a comparable amount of salary increase as a replacement … Read more...

  • Retirement Plans - How to Roll Over Your Retirement Accounts

    What happens to your retirement accounts if you change jobs? First of all, it's your money and no one can take it from you. Initially your best option is to do nothing and leave your 401(k) or other retirement money where it is. Then, after … Read more...