The Salary Survey is coming!

Thanks to all of the great members who took their time out to share a little bit, this month’s issue of AUGIWORLD (September 2012) will be packed with information on salaries, benefits, and current feelings on our industries and market segments.

Are you wondering how other AUGI members found their jobs? Are you wondering why your top talent may be considering leaving you for one of your competitors? Are you interested in knowing how job security and job satisfaction have fluctuated over the past decade? Be sure to keep an eye out for this action-packed article!

You’ll notice that the whole spread looks completely different from past years, I thank all of the AUGI members who shared their ideas with me. Feel free to suggest additional options or questions for next year’s survey. Be sure to read the FAQ at and check out past surveys and polls.

The AUGI Salary Survey is awesome. BUT! We all must admit that a single resource isn’t much to take to the bank when it comes time to ask for a raise.
Be sure to come armed with many resources as proof of your value to your company. Human Resources standards are something most Managers cannot control, so be sure to make their job easier by providing proof that you are undervalued.

Here are some examples of additional resources:
CAD Manager's Survey - annual survey of CAD Managers conducted by Robert Green and published by CADalyst magazine

Indeed - job posting search engine estimates salaries based upon current job advertisements

NACE Salary Calculator - Uses filtering technologies, based on information from the US government sources such as the DOL, BLS, Census, etc.

PayScale Cost of Living Calculator - that one is pretty self-explanatory - I don't tend to like the job titles offered for comparison to my search terms, but, it is a well-known site

CareerBliss - user-submitted salary results by company and job title

Wolfram Alpha - a computational engine that has an answer for just about anything

Seek - "the Great Australian Paycheck Report"


And don’t forget to seek out any salary information specific to your own industry or specialty. Some examples include:
EETimes Global Salary and Opinion Survey - annual poll of electronics design engineers, design managers, technologists and business leaders

Architect Annual Salary Survey - magazine of the AIA

Facility Management Salary Database - FacilitiesNet salary filtering for CAFM-related professions

I’d be thrilled to hear of other such resources so I can share them with you all.

Please join in the 2013 Survey, which will run next July and August. You’ll see announcements in HotNews and through AUGI’s various social media channels (facebook, twitter, google+ etc., subscribe to any of those feeds through the links at the bottom of the AUGI website).

Melanie Stone is a CAFM/ IWMS Specialist & System Administrator supporting and writing about ARCHIBUS, FMInteract, Tririga, Revit, AutoCAD, BricsCAD or similar. She served as an AUGI Director/Officer for over 6 years and is currently involved with the STLRUG. Melanie can be reached at or found on Twitter as @MistresDorkness on YouTube or on her Mistress Of the Dorkness blog.

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