FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions



 When exactly did you launch the site and start collecting salary data?
 Where does your salary data come from?
 What’s to stop people from lying about what they earn?
 Free for anyone – are you sure?
 Your results report a ‘median’ salary. What’s the different between a median and an average?
 How do you calculate your 'Median Total Salary Package'?




When exactly did you launch the site and start collecting salary data? 

Well, to be exact, this long ago:

 




Where does your salary data come from?

People like YOU! Members of the New Zealand community that visit our website each day.

LiveSalary™ is a free real-time salary comparison website that allows people to calculate their true market value by entering anonymous remuneration data that is able to be shared with other employees.

By anonymously adding your salary you become part of a community of New Zealand employees helping each other by anonymously sharing salary information. To date, this kind of detailed salary information has simply not been available to New Zealand employees in real time nor has it been available free of charge.

We continually accept salary contributions 24 x 7 throughout the year, with the salary data updating in our database real time.

With LiveSalary, there is total transparency between the salary data entered and the salary reports generated from these contributions.

We rely on people such as yourself entering their salary and telling their friends about the site so that we can build a truly useful (and free!) salary resource for all New Zealanders. 

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What’s to stop people from lying about what they earn?

Initially - nothing. LiveSalary is a free community-based site that works on an honesty system.

The equation is simple:

People accept our request for honest salary survey completion …

= the more accurate the salary data we receive …
= the more useful the data …
= the more benefit everyone receives from the site.

It’s that simple.

There is really no incentive for contributors to mislead people about what they earn. Any bogus or inconsistent salary entries can be 'flagged' as suspicious by other members of the community and disabled by the system, helping the LiveSalary team to ensure the quality of data is maintained.

LiveSalary also makes use of the median (as opposed to the average) to report cumulative salary results, helping to lessen the impact of any 'extreme' salary entries.

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Free for anyone – are you sure?

YES! LiveSalary is and will always be a 100% free resource to add your salary to run unlimited salary searches across our entire salary database (no restrictions).

We survive mainly by allowing job advertisers to pay us to list their open vacancies on the site, and match them against any salary searches performed.

You can help us support them by viewing our jobs database now.

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Your results report a ‘median’ salary. What’s the different between a median and an average?

So you fell asleep during high school maths too huh?

The median is found by arranging all salary entries received that match your search criteria in order, from lowest salary to the highest salary, and then selecting the one in the middle of the range. If the total number of salaries in your search criteria is an even number (eg. 8 salaries), then the median is the mean of the two middle numbers in the range.

For example, the median of 2, 4, and 7 = 4.
And the median of the numbers 2, 4, 7, 12 = (4+7)/2 = 5.5.

The median is a useful number in cases where the distribution has very large extreme values which would otherwise skew the data if the average was used.

The Average, on the other hand, is defined as the sum of all the given elements divided by the total number of elements. So the most common way to find an average is to add up a list of numbers and divide the sum by the number of items on the list.

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How do you calculate your 'Median Total Salary Package'?

Median Total Salary Package


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