Knowledge is power in a negotiation. It's important to know your worth but it is even more important to know what potential counter-offer is realistic (based on your education, experience, and other factors). Utilize some of the resources below to further understand the world of salaries. Don't forget to keep the cost of living in the city you will live in mind. $60,000 in New York City is not the same as $60,000 in Charlotte, NC. Even if the position is the same.