• Here's What Workers Cared About in 2014: 10 Most Popular Posts
    Humans are fascinated by the worst-case scenario -- the blown job interview, the botched salary negotiation, the bad college choice. It's not always schadenfreude, either. By analyzing the bad things that could happen, it's easier to prepare and avoid them. This year, PayScale's most popular posts were the ones that helped readers dodge disaster.
  • What Code Should You Learn? [infographic]
    Learn to code. It's the advice of career experts everywhere, from high school guidance counselors to mid-career job coaches. But with literally hundreds of languages to choose from, you might find yourself a bit lost as to which language to focus on first -- especially if the goal isn't to become a computer programmer, but rather to boost your career in your current (non-programming) field.
  • 4 Alternatives to Going to College
    Four years ago, I was sitting in my college dorm in Conway, Arkansas, wondering why paying $39,290 a year possibly made sense. I had come to college with hopes that it would make me a better person, but I soon realized that I would learn far more by going out to experience that world, rather than paying people tell me about the world. Disillusioned with school, I left.
  • Is Capping Student Loans at $10K a Good Idea?
    Recently, billionaire investor Mark Cuban declared that fixing the student debt crisis is the most important thing our government can do to restore the national economy. His idea: cap federal student loans at $10,000 per student, per year. Few would argue that student loan debt isn’t a problem of epic proportions, but Cuban’s explanation of the crisis and his solution resulted in mixed reactions.
  • How College Rankings Work [infographic]
    Every year, media outlets run their lists of the top colleges and universities in the country, and every year, prospective students read them and scratch their heads, wondering why this list says that Princeton is the nation's top university, while that list says it's Stanford, and so on. The answer is that every list-maker has its own set of criteria for determining the best institutions. To find the best school for you, start by learning what goes into these rankings.
  • Advanced Degrees Are No Guarantee, But Most of the Highest Earners Have One
    Much has been written -- here, and elsewhere -- about the fact that graduate degrees are no guarantee of success. However, PayScale's College Salary Report shows that the highest earners tend to have advanced degrees. Furthermore, the wage earners who see the largest increase in their salaries over the course of their careers are generally those who continue their education beyond a two- or four-year degree.
  • Top 10 Law Schools by Salary Potential

    A law degree isn't the guarantee of success that it used to be, but if you choose the right law school, you stand a much better chance of earning a high salary, both after graduation and over the long term. That doesn't mean that you need to set your sights on the Ivy League, however. This year's College Salary Report includes plenty of programs from non-Ivy schools.

  • Top 10 Graduate Schools by Salary Potential
    If you're thinking of going back to school to get a graduate degree, whether it's a Master's, a PhD, a JD, or an MBA, know this: where you decide to get your advanced degree is important, both when it comes to getting a job after graduation and in terms of how much money you'll make over the course of your career. This release of the College Salary Report concentrates on top graduate schools.
  • The 5 Most Meaningful Majors
    Why not pick the major that leads to the highest salary after graduation and over time? Because not everyone wants to a petroleum engineer or an actuary. Aptitude and passion both count when it comes time to choose a major. For that reason, PayScale's College Salary Report also lists the majors that provide the highest meaning for their graduates.
  • 5 High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

    For today's prospective college students, the pressure is high to choose a STEM major, and set themselves up for a high-paying, in-demand occupation. There's just one problem: what if science and technology -- outside of the scope of speculative fiction -- genuinely don't excite you?

  • The Status of College Dropouts: Struggling With Debt and No Degree
    College is often touted as a requirement for a high-paying job, or a ticket to the middle class, especially for low-income students. However, college is also growing increasingly unaffordable for everyone but the most well-to-do families.
  • Top 5 Associate Degrees by Salary Potential
    PayScale's College Salary Report includes associate degrees for the first time this year. Why? Because from a salary perspective, the right two-year degree can pay off -- sometimes, more than a bachelor's degree.
  • Top 5 Bachelor's Degrees by Salary Potential
    STEM degrees have it, when it comes to earning potential after graduation. In fact, as shown by PayScale's recent, majors-focused release of the College Salary Report, choice of major makes more of an impact on salary than any other factor, including which school you attend.
  • Should You Apply to College? 5 Things to Consider

    It’s fall and many young people are looking at those college applications and thinking “is college still a good idea?” It’s a relevant question considering the high cost of tuition and the student debt problem in America. It’s also an issue that spurred debate this past spring. Before you decide whether you should take the plunge, take these factors into consideration.

  • College Salary Report: Right Brain vs. Left Brain Majors

    A big paycheck is nice, but all the money in the world won't buy you happiness if you choose a career that's a bad fit for your personality and aptitudes. That said, not every high-paying STEM career is solely the dominion of left-brain types.

  • College Salary Report: Majors That Pay You Back

    If you want to get rich -- or at least, comfortable enough not to have to worry about paying off those loans -- which major you choose can be even more important than which college or university you decide to attend. PayScale's latest release of the College Salary Report focuses on the majors that will help you pull in the big bucks.

  • Top 5 Sober Schools by Salary Potential

    If you're more interesting in studying hard than partying hearty, you probably don't care about finding a college with a robust Greek life or lot of keggers to choose from on any given weekend. This year's College Salary Report offers a complete list of the top-earning sober schools.

  • Goucher College: Goodbye SAT, Hello YouTube

    College applications are a dreaded beast: prepping for, taking, and retaking the SAT or ACT, writing the clever and eloquent essay describing your 18 years on the planet thus far, begging teachers to write letters of recommendation, and then fretting over the final GPA on your transcripts. Now, imagine if all of that process was simply eliminated and instead of jumping through hoops, you made a video. No tests, no essays, no letters, no transcripts. That’s what one college is attempting to do.

  • Top 5 Liberal Arts Schools by Salary Potential

    Want a well-rounded education, but high earning potential when you graduate? You don't have to sacrifice a solid foundation in the liberal arts for practical concerns. Although STEM graduates routinely top the list of high-salaried grads, many of the schools on this year's College Salary Report offer plenty of options for humanities, arts, and communications majors.

  • The 5 Highest-Earning Schools for Sports Fans

    Want to root for the home team and net a solid paycheck after graduation? These schools prove that jocks and the spectators who love them can earn an impressive salary. This year's College Salary Report picks the winners.