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How Important Is Salary When You Decide to Switch Jobs?

My recent post, What's Most Important in Accepting a Job Offer?, highlighted the similarities and differences between employers and job seekers on the top reasons people want to work for a company. The number one reason for both groups: A competitive base pay.

Salary is important to most job seekers; how important is another question.  There are trade-offs that might be more valuable. For example, many years ago, I switched jobs for a 6% salary cut, but better benefits and corporate culture, as well as greater growth potential. It turned out to be a very good career move.

I'm sure some of you wouldn't take a salary cut, but I thought it would be a good time to ask: How important is salary (as opposed to other factors such as benefits, commute time, or company culture) when you decide to switch jobs?

Take a second to answer this poll, then tell us more about the importance of salary in your career in a comment below.
 

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