Job seeker Mary asks: Off the top of your head, is there a web site where one can see today's wages for positions? I know I won't make my previous income, but I’m not sure how much incomes have dropped. She also wonders: What do you think will happen with the employees that never were laid off, still making their great pay while the workers who were let go and came back are earning 20 percent less? Do you think those income gaps will eventually close?
I scoured my sources to find answers to Mary’s concerns. I learned, first of all, that she is right. When she goes back to work, in the same job, she can expect to earn less money for her efforts. According to one employer survey, Applications Development Managers will earn 2.4 percent less than last year; the going rate for entry-level Administrative Assistants is projected to be 2.3 percent less.