• These 5 Middle Class Jobs Are on the Decline

    The U.S. economy added over 2.1 million jobs in 2013, but many of those new jobs were in low-paying industries like administrative support and leisure and hospitality. With the growing gap between the richest and the poorest Americans, many fear that the middle class itself is dying out.

  • The Worst Jobs in the World Matrix [infographic]

    Think your job is tough? It could always be worse. A look at Lapham's Quarterly's matrix of the worst jobs in the history of man will make you happy to return to your 9-to-5.

  • Robots Won't Steal All the Jobs (But They Will Take Some)

    Since the early days of science fiction, man has worried that robots would eventually take their jobs. So far, the news seems to be mixed -- sometimes robots giveth jobs and sometimes they taketh them away. But certain low-paying occupations are more at risk for robotic replacement than others.

  • Stressed Across America [infographic]

    Stressful jobs are the same, no matter where you live. If you're a heart surgeon or an air traffic controller, you're going to be a little tense from time to time. But some cities have higher concentrations of certain stressful jobs. PayScale's latest infographic looks at these.

  • 3 Jobs That Burn Calories

    Those of us who sit for a living are well-aware of how fitness-deficient our jobs tend to be. But some people don't have to worry about squeezing in exercise; their jobs burn all the calories they need.

  • New Manufacturing Jobs, Thanks to Robots

    Historically, when we hear a story about robots and the world of work, the news is bad for humans, who are losing jobs as bank tellers, customer service reps, and airline ticket agents, thanks to automation. But some manufacturers are adding robots to their lines -- and increasing the need for human workers as a result.

  • Your Favorite Hobby Is a Job (With a High Fatality Rate)
    On CNN's list of the ten most dangerous jobs, fishing has the second-highest fatality rate.
  • Roofing Is Not for the Faint of Heart
    With a reputation for being one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, perhaps roofing should pay more than $34,000 per year.
  • That Ford Commercial Guy Says College Is Overrated and He Isn't Wrong

    Mike Rowe is best known (at least to me) as the really American-looking dude that pitched Ford cars and trucks in his signature baseball cap.

  • Earn a Six-Figure Income Cleaning Crime Scenes
    The life of a crime scene cleaner might not be glamorous, but it's well-paid. These folks swoop in after the CSI-type stuff is over, and transform crime scenes back into homes, places of business, and public spaces.
  • Can Doritos-Flavored Tacos Save the Economy?
    Well, America, it seems we’ve found a solution to unemployment: Dorito-flavored tacos. Or at least that's what Taco Bell is crediting for the recent creation of 15,000 new jobs.
  • What Is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?

    Name: Jade Egelhoff
    Job Title: Elephant Veterinary Technician
    Years of Experience: 0-1
    Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Education: Gig Harbor High School; Tacoma Community College, Associate Degree; Elephant Veterinary Training and First Aid, Thailand Animal Behavior Training; Humane Society HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention Training
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median annual salaries for vet tech professionals.

    What is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?

    Looking for a truly unique way to gain veterinary tech experience? Why not travel to a foreign country to help animals in need? That's exactly what Jade Egelhoff did by going all the way to Thailand to work as an elephant vet technician. In this interview, Jade describes what it was like to rehabilitate Asian elephants, explains how she adapted to life in a foreign culture and offers advice to any vet techs who might be looking for an adventure. For those who love animals as well as travel, this is a must-read interview. To find out more about the annual salary for a vet tech or related careers, see the links at the bottom of this post.

  • Housekeeper Jobs - Hotel Housekeeping
    Name: Sharon M.
    Job Title: Hotel Housekeeper
    Where: St. Louis Park, MN
    Years of Experience: 3
    Education: Cooper High School
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Used to be a housekeeper in a nursing home.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeepers.

    Housekeeper Jobs - Hotel Housekeeping

    It's easy to imagine some of the challenges that might come with hotel housekeeping jobs, like trashed party rooms or difficult customers. But, as Sharon explains in this Salary Story, housekeeping jobs also have certain rewards. Sharon describes her past experience as a housekeeper, including how she chose to work in hotel housekeeping and what she liked best about the job. Keep reading to find out why housekeeping jobs can be perfect for college students or entrepreneurs looking to start a business.

  • Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor Job Description
    Name: Vincenta Castillo
    Job Title: Deputy Head Housekeeper
    Where: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Years of Experience: 12 years
    Education: Teesside University Diploma on Business Information Technology and Management
    Employer: Mcdonald Old Swan Hotel, Mcdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeeper.

    Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor

    Hotel housekeeping is steeped in history. From the beginning of the noble class in England the position of head housekeeper has been one of the top jobs of the commoners. Now, in modern times, all of the nobles have been replaced by bankers and their castles have been converted to high class hotels and resorts. What remains are the housekeeping staff and the important role of head housekeeper. Vincenta Castillo has been carrying on the tradition for more than a decade and has house keeping lesson plans to show you what it takes to be successful in this age-old profession. In this Salary Story, Vincenta shares her hotel housekeeping definition, including the roles and responsibilities of the housekeeping department, and provides an insider's look at what life is really like for hotel housekeepers.

    What is a housekeeping supervisor job description?

    Deputize and supervise the housekeeping department along with the head housekeeper. Allocate bedrooms to be cleaned by the room attendant and check cleaned bedrooms to make sure they meet the core standard of cleaning. Check bedrooms for maintenance - attention to details and presentation are very important. Every six months I do the following: re-training on health and safety and do the risk assessment on staff, re-training the room attendant to the high core standard of hygiene and cleanliness of the bedrooms, re-introduce any changes on different cleaning materials and chemicals to be used, ask for staff feedback and give incentives for jobs well-done.
  • Building Maintenance Career
    Name: Eddy Wedertz, Sr.
    Job Title: Retail Store Building Maintenance Supervisor
    Where: Fort Myers, FL
    Years of Experience: 21 years
    Education: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, Air-conditioning major, Math and Electrical minors.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of a building maintenance supervisor.

    Building Maintenance Supervisor

    The importance of building maintenance is often taken for granted until something stops working. All of a sudden work grinds to a halt because the lights have gone out, the ceiling is leaking onto your computer, or the office is the temperature of the sun. That’s when Eddy Wedertz is transformed into a hero. He and others like him are the only people who know the maintenance plans and procedures required to take care of any problem within a given building or business. So the next time you see your maintenance manager, thank them - they not only make your job easier, they make it possible.
  • President of Seattle Remodeling Services Company
    Name: Bill Bevan
    Job Title: President of Remodeling Services Company
    Where: Lynwood, WA - Greater Seattle Area
    Employer: Bevan's, Inc. - Seattle, WA Remodeling Services
    Years of Experience: 20 years of general contracting and remodeling
    Education: Ballard High School
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average general contractor salary.

    Career Profile: President of Remodeling Services Company

    As the president of a Seattle remodeling services company, Bill Bevan has his work cut out for him. His company, Bevan's Inc. handles numerous remodeling jobs in the Seattle area, from small repairs to extensive home expansions. In this interview, Bill shares his experience working in the construction industry. He describes the responsibilities involved in operating a remodeling services company and explains both the challenges and benefits of running a business. For those just entering the field, Bill offers advice on how to get started on a successful career path. 

  • Carpenter Salary: How to Become a Carpenter

    Name: Justin Katz
    Job Title: Carpenter
    Where: Newport, RI
    Employer: David E. Michael, Distinctive Homes
    Years of Experience: 3
    Education: BA in English, University of Rhode Island
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median carpenter salary.

    Carpenter Salary: How to Become a Carpenter

    Carpentry is one of those archaic professions that seems to be outsource-proof and recession-proof. Becoming a carpenter can require an investment not only in tools, but also in developing woodworking, mathematical, and organizational skills. In this Salary Story, we spoke to career carpenter Justin Katz who explained the factors that can affect a carpenter salary, different aspects of carpenter jobs, and helpful information on how to become a carpenter.

    For readers interested in how to apply for carpenter jobs, the training qualifications of a carpenter, growth potential for carpenter jobs, and how to earn a higher carpenter salary, this interview provides a sturdy foundation. Keep reading to find out how to become a carpenter and why carpentry can be rewarding work.

  • Career as a Heavy Equipment Operator

    Name: Shawn Robison
    Job Title: Heavy Equipment Operator
    Where: Louisville, KY
    Employer: Flynn Brothers Contracting
    Years of Experience: 18
    Education: High School Diploma
    Salary of Heavy Equipment Operator: See the PayScale Research Center for the median Pay Scale for Heavy Equipment Operators.

    Career as a Heavy Equipment Operator

    For readers who like to work outdoors, it might be worthwhile to look into a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator. In this Salary Story, we spoke to Heavy Equipment Operator Shawn Robison. He told us about the factors that affect the pay scale for Heavy Equipment Operators and Heavy Equipment Operator job opportunities. If you've been wondering about attending Heavy Equipment Operator schools verses learning on the job, don't miss this interview with a seasoned professional. Shawn shared great info with us on working conditions, what to expect on a job site, and what skills may improve the salary of Heavy Equipment Operator professionals.

    If you want to know what it's like to have a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator, how to find those Heavy Equipment Operator jobs, and the standard salary of a Heavy Equipment Operator, this interview is groundbreaking!

  • Forestry Careers: Manager Salary

    Name: Shane Gaither
    Job Title: Area Manager, Forestry for a wood pulp mill, Woodchip Quality Consultant
    Where: Jessup, GA
    Years of Experience: 2 years as Area Manager, 10 years in the forestry industry
    Salary: $70K + (For consulting my pay rate is $1350 per day)
    Employer: Rayonier Performance Fibers
    Education: MS Forestry Degree, University of Tennessee (and of course, the education that only raising two sons can provide)

    Forestry Careers: Manager Salary

    Forestry careers offer managers the opportunity to work outside the traditional office setting. Shane Gaither, who works in the forestry industry as an Area Manager for a wood pulp mill, knew he didn't want to sit in a cubicle all day. While in college, Shane became interested in forestry careers and is now in charge of a crew of workers and woodchip screening equipment. He recently took a break from the woods to speak with us about forestry careers, the advantages of forestry industry jobs, forestry degrees and working as a manager in the forestry industry.

  • Truck Driver Salaries: Owner Operator Trucking Jobs

    "You know the difference between a fairy tale and a trucker tale? A fairy tale starts with: 'once upon a time...' and a trucker tale starts with: 'You're never going to believe this sh*t'...". - Don Floyd

    Name: Don Floyd
    Job Title: Long Distance Truck Driver/ Owner Operator Trucking
    Where: Don's owner operator trucking job is based in Enid, OK
    Truck Driver Salary: $66,000 = $0.60 per mile x 110,000 miles. See truckers cost per mile calculation below. (Owner operator trucking jobs typically pay more than just being a truck driver.)
    Years of Experience: 31 years of truck driving experience, 10 years in owner operator trucking jobs

    Truck Driver Salaries: Owner Operator Trucking Jobs

    Job Description of a Truck Driver: To drive a truck with capacity of more than three tons to transport materials to specified destinations. In owner operator trucking jobs, the driver is also responsible for finding and scheduling loads.

    We all wonder what it would be like. We've bought the little pieces of the puzzle, but we've never put it all together. What is it like to be a long distance truck driver? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of owner operator trucking jobs? I own a Pabst Blue Ribbon trucker hat. I own a 64 ounce thermos that is waiting to be filled with truck stop "high octane" coffee. I've driven 600 miles in a single day. But, there is still so much to learn about long distance truck drivers.

    Salary Stories recently interviewed truck driver Don Floyd about his many years on the road. Don explained the job description of a truck driver, the differences between owner operator trucking jobs and other truck driver jobs, truck driver salaries, and just how much coffee it takes to keep a driver going. If you've ever dreamed of a life on the open road, keep reading!