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Many of us can remember the days of posting a job in the newspaper. While hiring methods have certainly evolved since the digital revolution, the ability to reach a wider audience has led to even more competition. This being said, every business at some point will need to invest in their job advertisements. 

As we continue to see employee turnover due to various factors like the Great resignation, the costs involved in the hiring process has become a primary concern for businesses everywhere. 

Budgets will vary widely from company to company, and it’s not always easy to find pricing information online – especially when so many different popular platforms demand you to submit your information upfront. No business owner, founder, employer or manager has the time to sift through multiple websites and pricing models – let alone weigh out the pros and cons. 

To save you countless hours of research, our team at MCDA CCG have compiled some facts and figures pertaining to posting job(s) on different platforms!

So, if you’re wondering how much it costs to post a job online, don’t worry – we’re here to help. Check it out below!

What to Consider Before Posting a Job Ad

“Only a couple of hundred dollars to post a job online? Sign us up!” While this option may seem like a no-brainer compared to paying an external recruiter, there are over 40,000 job boards online that come and go on a daily basis. Take the following factors into consideration when comparing different job sites. 

Traffic: How much traffic is the site you’re considering currently seeing each month? If no one ever sees your job posting(s) in the first place it won’t matter how inexpensive it is. 

Candidate Quality/Demographics: No one wants to sift through hundreds – or even thousands – of resumes and only two are sufficient for a phone screen. The quality over quantity rule applies here: it’s not necessarily the number of applications you receive but rather, the quality.  

Pricing Model: When evaluating multiple job posting platforms, it’s important that you take different pricing models into account in addition to different costs. Some sites may allow you to post a certain number of jobs for a flat fee, while others charge on a monthly basis of how many people interact with your post. 

Timing Period: How long will your job be posted on their site? Many job boards offer 30 or 60-day terms. Are you tied to a monthly commitment? Is it up to you to track when your listings expire to ensure they don’t go dark? Or will the listings be auto renewing every month on your original credit card until you remember to cancel?


How Much It Costs to Post a Job on Indeed

Indeed offers both a free model and a pay per click sponsored job posting model. With the sponsored model, your cost per click can range anywhere from 10 cents to over $5/click. Note that this is not per candidate but for each job seeker that clicks on your post.

How Much It Costs to Post a Job on Glassdoor

Back in 2019 Glassdoor launched a partnership with Indeed, and since then their pricing has been vague. They offer a free plan and two premium packages for employers, however, pricing is contingent upon a conversation with a sales representative.

As to the free plan, it includes basic company information and mission, company logo, company updates, review requests and responses, promotional badges, and community submitted photos. They also provide analytics that include employer profile activity, candidate demographics, rating and interview trends, and company update analytics.

How Much It Costs to Post a Job on Monster

Monster continues to offer three primary plans: 

  • Starter subscription: $279 per month for one job
  • Standard subscription: $399 per month for three jobs
  • Premium subscription: $649 per month for five jobs. 

(Note that Monster caps the number of resumes you can access through their database between 50 and 150, depending on the plan.)

How Much It Costs to Post a Job on CareerBuilder

The pricing plans of CareerBuilder offer options to post from 1-5 jobs per month and pay-per-job. 

Number Of Monthly Job Postings Monthly Subscription Price Pay Per Job

  • 1 Job Posting Price $219 $375
  • 3 Job Postings Price $299 $325(each)
  • 5 Job Postings Price $599 $325(each)
How Much It Costs to Post a Job on LinkedIn

Linkedin offers both a free model and a pay per click model. When you post a job on LinkedIn, you pay by setting a daily average budget, so the cost of each job is up to you. The actual amount you are charged depends on your daily budget and the number of job posting views from candidates. 

How Much It Costs to Post a Job on ZipRecruiter

Ziprecruiter also offers a subscription model, with both monthly and yearly subscriptions available. Prices start at $299 per month.

How Much It Costs to Post a Job on Craigslist

Craigslist pricing is highly dependent on your location. Large metropolitan areas can pay up to $75 per post, while smaller communities pay as little as $10 per post. It’s important to note that listings are posted in reverse chronological order, so a job you posted two days ago might get buried to page 10. 

How Much It Costs to Post a Job on Workable

Workable offers a job slot job posting and applicant tracking system that functions on a monthly subscription. 

  • Paygo: $129 per job per month
  • Standard: $279 per month (billed annually)
  • Premier: $659 per month (billed annually)

And there you have it! We have discussed the most popular job posting platforms today.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! We have discussed the most popular job posting platforms today.

Here at MCDA CCG, our goal is to not only equip you with the necessary information, but to ensure that you come out on the other end of this process in the best position possible. That’s why we’ve placed a contingency agreement on our hiring and recruiting solutions. When you work with our team of business experts, we handle all the heavy lifting quickly as we draw on our professional network, industry knowledge, and internal research to identify the right candidates for your team.

Reach out to our office – headquartered in Placentia, Orange County California – by phone, email or even our social media (@mcdaccginc) to speak with one of our trusted advisors today!

(Above all, remember that your employee experience begins with you. If you fail to address any issues impacting your employees experience – toxic culture, unethical behavior, discrimination, etc. – you are condoning it. This leads directly to high turnover rate while making it increasingly difficult to attract and retain employees. If you are seeing the warning signs, contact our team immediately for guidance.)


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