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Salary and Compensation Sources

Compiled by Ellen Terrell
Business Reference Services
April 2004
Updated April 2017


This is a selective listing of frequently consulted sources for information for salary and compensation research. It is a not a comprehensive listing of all of the compensation, salary, and benefits material in the Library of Congress collection. When visiting the Library of Congress, you will find that the most relevant material will be housed in the Adams Building. Many of the more current sources will be on the shelves of Business Reference Services in the Science and Business Reading Room on the fifth floor of the Adams building. Older material is housed in the stacks, accessible only upon request.

This guide has a very general subject breakdown, followed by a listing by geographies, followed by a breakdown by publishers. I have provided some (not all) links to our catalog for some of the relevant subjects as well as for some of the larger publishers. I have also included some information from the Department of Labor as well as a few Internet international sources.

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Table of Contents

Compensation by Position
         Miscellaneous Industries
         All Industries
Compensation by Place
Compensation Resources by Publisher
Government Resources
Foreign Resources
Subjects for Additional Searching

If you are interested in salary surveys and other compensation data for individual industries, you may find it useful to check both magazines and the publications of associations geared to those industries.

General Subjects

NOTE: Changes in the nature of publishing of information have meant that much of the print titles cited in this guide have ceased being published in print and have moved to online subscription based databases to which the Library of Congress does not subscribe. Since the Library keeps what it receives, the resources in this guide are still good for those interested in looking at the historical development of executive compensation.

Last updated: 04/04/2017

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