This is salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics presented in a very understandable format. Find the occupation that most closely matches what you seek, and then select your target location to obtain the most specific data regarding wages.
These 2 articles offer some good advice on the basics of negotiating your salary. You need to start by knowing the general wage for this position in this area. Then, you need to know your options and what benefits you are willing to trade for something else (pay vs. vacation, etc.)
The Job Search
Online Job Search Guide for Veterans, Job-Hunt.org
Authored by Susan Joyce and some others, this is a collection of articles, resources, and advice on making the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Susan served in the Marine Corps and has a considerable amount of knowledge to share with you.
Career Options and Exploration
What do you want to do for a living? My Next Move offers you the opportunity to explore careers or entire occupational fields for ideas and information. Want to focus on growing career fields, “Green” jobs, or jobs requiring an apprenticeship? The quick links at the bottom of the page will get you there the fastest. If you are unsure of what you might like to do, select “I’m not really sure” to be linked to the simple O*Net Interest Profiler. This free tool will take you through a set of questions designed to help you find what you like and how it relates to possible work opportunities. Remember, there are no wrong answers, just suggestions based on your responses.
My Next Move for Veterans
This version of My Next Move is targeted to those separating from the military. It still features the career exploration tools of the main site, but this includes an easy tool designed to help match your military skills to civilian opportunities.
ISEEK Skills Assessment
This simple assessment offers matching jobs and/or career options based on your interests in certain tasks. It is free, does not require registration (unless you want to save your results), and only takes 5 to 10 minutes. Remember, it isn’t a test. There are no right or wrong answers. There are just suggestions based on your responses of how much you like or don’t like something. This tool is part of the ISEEK career, education, and job resource service offered by the state of Minnesota.
Education and Training
SOC was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for service members worldwide. Learn more about the program and the SOC Consortium members.
GED Testing Service
If you are not a high school graduate, completing the GED will improve your chances of being hired as well as your earning potential. This site will answer your questions about the GED, present you with sample test questions, help you with preparation (either online or through a class), and even help you schedule your exam. Most preparation materials require purchase.
Planning For Your Future
A free service of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the Minnesota Army National Guard and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Programs, MyMilitaryEducation.org, this site is designed to help you set goals and design plans to help you achieve success. While it is focused on resources and services within the state of Minnesota, all users are welcome and you will find many resources that work for all.