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Are you making enough money?

When Carol Gardner was negotiating a raise for a job as systems engineer at a Boston telecommunications company, she did some research on Salary.com, a popular salary site on the Web. "I had been taking on more and more responsibilities, and I knew what I was earning was not what market pay typically was," said the 34-year-old Gardner. "But I also knew I couldn't just go to my boss and say, 'I'm worth more.' " So, Gardner prepared a two-page proposal for her boss using figures from Salary.com, which she said helped her find different levels of pay based on responsibilities and experience. Then, to make sure she was on track, she also cross-referenced...