Skip to main content

Press Releases

New Release Paragraph

Read about our latest research, including results from our ongoing surveys of senior managers and workers, and company announcements.

Robert Half Publishes 2018 Salary Guides and Outlines Factors Driving Job Seekers' Decisions in Competitive Hiring Market

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Staffing firm Robert Half has released its 2018 Salary Guides, which feature salary ranges for hundreds of professional occupations in the accounting, finance, technology, creative, legal and administrative support fields. The company's recruiters from across the country also weighed in on the following key drivers prompting professionals to search for — and accept — a new role:

  • Compensation
  • Corporate culture
  • Career path
  • Cost of living
  • Commute

Robert Half recruiters across the country reveal what people want in a new role, and how organizations hire and retain their best talent.

View an infographic of the findings.

"We're seeing job seekers take an increasingly holistic view when assessing whether to accept a job offer," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "Salary is still king, but professionals are paying more attention to other factors that can affect their quality of life.

"Highly skilled professionals want assurance that the company will invest in their careers and help them keep their skills current," McDonald added. "This is especially true in industries that are changing rapidly, like technology and finance."

Following are five key elements employers should highlight when recruiting, according to Robert Half:

  1. Compensation — Salary is vital, but be sure to also spotlight the benefits your firm offers when creating compensation packages. The Salary Guides from Robert Half contain new data on the most common benefits, incentives and perks.
  2. Corporate culture — Do people enjoy working for the company? What are your retention rates, and how often do employees refer their friends to open jobs within the company? How is the organization viewed in the industry and community? These are questions hiring managers should anticipate.
  3. Career path — Job candidates frequently ask prospective employers more detailed questions to learn about their chances for advancement within an organization. Is promoting from within the exception or the rule? Are there several potential career paths, or is there just one traditional ladder?
  4. Cost of living — Rising housing prices and other expenses weigh heavily on people considering a job change. They want to know if they can live comfortably and enjoy a good quality of life if they accept a new job.
  5. Commute — Longer commutes mean people want flexibility and jobs closer to home. Before accepting an offer, candidates often ask about flexible work schedules, commuting benefits (e.g., subsidized transportation) and telecommuting options.

The 2018 Salary Guides — along with calculators that adjust salary ranges for local markets — can be accessed at beginning Sept. 1.

About the Salary Guides
Robert Half has reported on salaries yearly since 1950. The company gathers information from its specialized recruiters throughout its U.S. offices to compile the Salary Guides. Information in the guides is based on the thousands of job searches, negotiations and placements managed by Robert Half's staffing and recruiting managers. Continuing or ongoing salaries are not reported because many external factors — such as seniority, work ethic, job performance and training — impact the salaries of full-time professionals as work histories develop.

About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has 325 staffing locations worldwide and offers job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at For management and career advice, visit the Robert Half blog at


Robert Half (PRNewsFoto/Robert Half)

SOURCE Robert Half

For further information: Lisa Amstutz, 650.234.6246,