• Why Do Graduates Leave Their State?
    Public colleges and universities rely heavily on state funding in order to offer affordable classes to their student body. However, in some states, that same student body leaves after graduation, essentially causing the public system of higher education to invest in the workforce for other states. The reasons for this are complex and surprising; it certainly requires more than a quick fix.
  • The Sometimes Surprising Truth About the Value of the Minimum Wage

    The real value of the minimum wage is going down. Ten different charts on two different websites paint the same picture of how the relative value of the minimum wage has declined over time. In short, when you take inflation and cost of living data into account, minimum-wage workers can buy less for their earnings than they could a few years ago.

  • What's the Difference Between Lean and Green Manufacturing? [Infographic]
    The goal of lean manufacturing is to tighten up efficiency, cut down on wasted time, maximize talent and reduce waste. It sounds a lot like the benefits of going green, too. Let's look at some of the similarities, where green manufacturing intersects with lean principles.
  • How Much Do Interns Make at Facebook and Google? [Infographic]
    The short answer: A lot. In fact, the tech giants offer their software engineer interns pay and benefits that would make most of American wish they'd studied coding in college.
  • The Truth About Green Jobs [Infographic]
    CEO Magazine ranked California as the worst place to do business for the past five years? Why? At least some businesses say it's because of the state's stringent regulations, which make it tough to start and run a business.
  • Energy Wages Are Hot, Hot, Hot

    Over the last few weeks, we've been sharing positive news about wages in every industry, metro and job category covered by The PayScale Index. In Boston, wages are up. For small companies? Same story. "But," you ask, "where are has wage growth been strongest and fastest of all?" One leader stands out: energy.

  • Chart of the Day: Detroit's Healthy Wages Affect Presidential Primary

    Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will go head to head in today's primary races, held in Michigan and Arizona. Romney is clearly leading the polls in Arizona, so much of the focus today will be on Michigan, where it looks like Romney and Santorum may be tied.

  • Chart of the Day: Median Salaries in Daytona Beach, Florida

    NASCAR officials were forced to postpone the Daytona 500 due to rain. This is the first time in its 54 year history that the season opening race has been delayed. The Daytona 500 will see another first this year - a primetime spot racing under the lights, as the race is set to start tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

  • Chart of the Day: Salaries for Popular Cincinnati Jobs

    When I think of Cincinnati, the first thing that pops into my head is the theme song from the classic sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" (Just me? Possibly, I'm dating myself here.) But, did you know Cincinnati, Ohio was also named a top US travel destination this year by Lonely Planet? It was also on Forbes' list of "America's Most Affordable Cities." Perhaps this midwest city deserves a closer look. Here's a peek at the typical salaries for popular Cincinnati jobs. And, it sounds like those salaries might go a bit further in Cincinnati than elsewhere.

  • Chart of the Day: What is a Typical Janitor Salary?

    If you work at an office, you likely appreciate the janitor who stops by long after you've left for the day and cleans up after you and your coworkers. But have you ever wondered just how much they make per hour for doing all the dirty work? Below is the national average hourly rate for janitors and cleaners.

  • Chart of Day: Salaries for Popular Memphis Jobs

    When you think Memphis, Elvis is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but there's far more to this southern city than being a destination for loyal Elvis fans. If you're thinking of making a move to Memphis, Tennssee, do your research and see if the jobs and salaries available are in line with your expectations. You can even see how much you should make in Memphis compared to your current city with our Cost of Living Calculator.

  • Chart of the Day: Salary of Seamstress in Houston, Texas

    Are you a skilled seamstress on the move? If you're looking for a change of scenery, consider moving to Houston, Texas. A seamstress in this city reports receiving the highest median hourly rate compared to other cities across the U.S.

  • Chart of the Day: Median Salary in Hawaii for Popular Jobs

    Hawaii may be a popular vacation destination, but while you're snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing, residents of Honolulu, Hawaii are usually busy working. Below is the median salary in Honolulu, Hawaii for popular jobs.

  • Chart of Day: Salaries in Austin, Texas

    By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com

    With SXSW around the corner, you may be making travel plans for this media, music and film festival. But what is it really like to live in Austin? Below are the median salaries for several popular jobs in this sprawling city.

  • Chart of Day: Omaha Salaries - Software Developer, Registered Nurse, More

    My first job after college was actually as a journalist in Omaha, Nebraska at the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. While print journalism may not be on the rise, plenty of other careers are. And, Omaha turned out to be a surprisingly cool city. Considering a move to Omaha? Below are the median salaries for several popular jobs in the city.

  • Fashion Week Salaries: How Much Do Fashion Models Make?

    Remember Michelle Obama's stunning, white, off-the-shoulder dress she wore to her husband's inaugural ball? Its designer, Jason Wu, is at Fahion Week this week, along with other top designers, showing his collection for Fall/Winter 2012. And who is wearing those fashions? Top models.

  • Obama Addresses Hot Healthcare Issue

    One of the hottest topics in politics lately has been the issue of contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans provided by employers for their employees. President Barack Obama recently made headlines after changing his stance on what religious-affiliated employers must cover in their health insurance plans - including birth control. Most contraceptives usually require a prescription, which can be filled at a retail pharmacy by a pharmacist.

  • Kanye West and Salaries for Music Producers

    By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com

    Tomorrow night, hundreds of musicians will gather to celebrate the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Kanye West tops this year's list of the most nominations for a Grammy Award, receiving seven nominations. Before beginning his career as a rapper, Kanye began producing for other artists while he was in school. While Kanye was able to leverage his talent to produce for artists like Ludacris and DMX to eventually become a highly successful rapper himself (both in terms of fame and finances), most other music producers make a much more modest living.

  • L.A. Earning Power: Salaries of the Non-Famous

    By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com

    Last Sunday's Superbowl halftime show, which featured Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, and Cee Lo Green, is still in the news after M.I.A performed what's being dubbed a "digit malfunction" after she made an inappropriate gesture with her middle finger during the show. For those who follow celebrity gossip, this type of behavior from celebrities seems to be somewhat usual - though not typically during what is supposed to be a family friendly event. Though M.I.A is actually from London, she - like many other celebrities - also owns a home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

  • Average Salaries in Rick Santorum's Hometown

    By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com

    Rick Santorum, one of the 2012 GOP Presidential candidates, recently won the Missouri primary. Santorum, who grew up in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania, was actually born in Winchester, Virginia.

    While Santorum has spent much of his career as a lawyer and then as a politician, here's a look at several of the most popular jobs from Santorum's hometown of Winchester - as well as what these jobs typically pay.