Fair Pay: A Beginners Guide to Earning a Six-Figure Salary

I recently wrote a post reviewing the book Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny.

Although I felt that it was mostly guru-style jargon (no shade, I thoroughly enjoyed her follow up Overcoming Underearning), it nevertheless gave me a nudge to find ways to increase my earnings.

Before your next salary negotiation, or review, I recommend making a crazy wall using the following resources.

The Crazy Wall Casey: Road to Six-Figures Beginner’s Guide

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Generally these will piece together the big picture outlook for your industry, and role. The end result, you’ll know how valuable or expendable you are after a few hours worth of searching. Tough love? I know, but it’s better I tell you than your boss.

News Coverage

Stanny insists on getting interested in the news that impacts your company, and your investments. Of course, some of your salary should be invested, regardless of whether the base pay hits six-figures or not.

Many public libraries and universities give patrons, access to a variety of local, national and international publications.

For example, my local jurisdiction offers the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Business Insider, and many more periodicals.

Bonus they offer trade magazines too. Trade information can be helpful when you tailor your 6-figure pitch to includ the trends and innovations upper management are focused on.

This way your pitch not only includes average industry outlooks, it will also have specific relevancy to your company. You’ll want to have both a broad and a narrow focus ready to discuss.


While visiting the above mentioned sites, you might want to start tracking the places you find along the way.

For example, if a company recently announced a record earnings year, you might map out potential buy-out targets (known as acquisitions).

This would demonstrate strategic thinking. It shows that you think more broadly than your immediate role.

Even better, if I were you I’d hop on over to Zoom Prospector, and start finding favorable untapped potential in a nearby market (more on that in another post).

Level Up: Getting to the C-Suite

Currently, I’m writing a follow up to this post. It will coincide perfectly with the start of the new year.

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This would demonstrate strategic thinking, and show that you think more broadly than your immediate role.

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