• Have You Used PayScale's Salary Survey to Negotiate a Raise? Let Us Know!
    Career experts continue to build their case for pay transparency, but as of today, most companies are not on board with showing employees how much their colleagues are making. To get a sense of whether your salary stacks up, you need inside information. That's where PayScale's Salary Survey comes in.
  • 5 Salary Negotiation Lessons From Amy Schumer
    Unless you're a huge standup comedy nerd – the kind who can justifiably brag that you've seen everyone "before they were cool" – you probably hadn't heard of Amy Schumer as recently as five years ago. Today, Schumer's everywhere, winning an Emmy for her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and writing and starring in Trainwreck, which was directed by Judd Apatow. Oh, and also: she just negotiated an $8 to $10 million book deal, after canceling an earlier deal for $1 million – as Vulture put it, like a boss.
  • 5 Pieces of Career Advice from /r/CSCareerQuestions
    If you're on Reddit and you're a techie, you might already know about the popular subreddit, CS Career Questions. If you're not familiar, it might be worth it to stop by this community of 55,000 readers and check out what these pros have to say about careers and degrees in the computer science field. Here's some of the best recent advice from the experts.
  • #SmartGirlsAsk Changes the Conversation on the Emmys Red Carpet
    Why should we care what journalists ask celebrities on the red carpet? Because if all girls see are women being valued for fitting into a designer dress and having access to the best professional grooming money can buy, it's just a little bit harder for them to picture themselves growing up to find a seat at the conference table. In the past year, the #AskHerMore campaign on Twitter has encouraged journalists to ask actresses about their accomplishments, not their manicures; last night, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls organization took the trend one step further with #SmartGirlsAsk.
  • 'Pay Secrecy' Prohibited For Federal Contractors
    "It is a basic tenet of workplace justice that people be able to exchange information, share concerns and stand up together for their rights." That's what Labor Secretary Tom Perez had to say concerning the Obama administration's new rule, centered on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, entitling workers to pursue fair pay claims. The main conclusion: you can now discuss, disclose, or inquire about your and your co-workers' pay — provided, of course, that you work for a federal contractor.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Should Women Even Bother Negotiating Salary?
    Here's a little controversy to wrap up your week: in her latest blog post, Penelope Trunk argues that women are penalized for negotiating salary, and for this and other reasons, they shouldn't do it at all. Whew. Find that, plus what happens when you don't take a vacation, and the best sites to help you land a job in 2015, in this week's roundup.
  • Early Career Success Guide: How to Use Data to Get Your Dream Job
    A long time ago, when I was a newly minted job seeker, a school friend and I sat down to talk about our job prospects – and how much we thought we should be paid. "I'm figuring on $60,000 a year to start," she said. When I asked how she came to that number, she replied, "Well, that's about how much I think I need to pay off my loans and live in the manner to which I'd like to become accustomed." Needless to say, her first administrative assistant job, way back in the year (intentional mumbling to obscure my age), did not come through the way she'd hoped, in terms of pay.
  • Seriously, Do Not Lie About Your Salary as a Negotiation Tactic
    While the best salary negotiation advice is to try not to divulge your salary history, or to push the hiring manager to state a range, many won't play along. That's because they know that the person who names a number first is at a disadvantage – and they'd prefer to be "Not It." This is supremely frustrating to a job seeker. You could be forgiven for thinking that the best thing to do would be to stretch the numbers a bit, when asked to name your most recent salary.
  • Introducing PayScale's Guide to Early Career Success
    First jobs are important. Not only do they provide your first real glimpse of your industry from the perspective of a paid professional, but they can set the tone for your career (and salary) for years to come. Of course, career paths zigzag, and it's totally possible to bounce back from a soul-crushing first job and a lousy paycheck and move on to be a shining success – but wouldn't it be nice to skip the whole underpaid, underappreciated thing, and move on to the good stuff? PayScale's free Guide to Early Career Success offers expert advice to help you do just that.
  • 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Negotiate Salary
    In a perfect world, you'd never have to learn how to negotiate salary. Companies would pay a fair market rate, and give reasonable cost-of-living and appropriate merit increases every year. In reality, well, things are a bit more complicated. Getting the salary you deserve takes research, courage, and a little bit of finesse – but most of all, it takes preparation. Here's what you need to figure out before you sit down to the negotiating table.
  • 'Silicon Valley' Illustrates Why Salary Transparency Is So Important
    HBO's hit comedy, Silicon Valley, always features pitch-perfect parodies of the tech industry, but this week's episode, The Lady, focused on a topic near and dear to PayScale's heart: salary transparency. This most recent episode not only entertains, but illustrates what happens when employees don't know why their employer pays the way it does.
  • Get a Raise: 3 Highlights From PayScale's Reddit AMA on Salary Negotiation
    Earlier today, PayScale did its first Reddit AMA. Hosted by Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank and Managing Editor Aubrey Bach, We are data geeks from who love to talk salary negotiation. We're also two women working in the tech industry … AMA looked at the challenges facing women in tech – and everywhere else – when it comes to getting the salary they deserve.
  • PayScale's Reddit AMA: Salary Negotiations for Women in Tech
    In honor of Equal Pay Day, PayScale will do its first ever Reddit AMA today, April 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank and Managing Editor Aubrey Bach will answer all of your questions about how women in tech can negotiate the salary they deserve.
  • 6 Tricks to Get You the Salary You Deserve
    Whether your goal is a raise after 10 years in the same position or you're a potential new hire preparing a counteroffer, talking about money can be uncomfortable, and salary negotiation is an art. To help you master it, here is a roundup of research- and expert-based tips and insights to equip your negotiating toolkit.
  • Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: Fair Pay by Nixing Salary Negotiations
    After a jury recently dismissed her discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao said, "If I've helped to level the playing field for women and minorities in venture capital, then the battle was worth it." In her current job as interim CEO of Reddit, she's fighting to narrow the gender wage gap by ending salary negotiations during the hiring process.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Old School Skills, Salary Negotiation Don'ts, and Lies Happy People Don't Buy
    How can you tell a happy person from, well, everyone else? Often, it's that they spend less time tracking what other people think, and more time paying attention to their own goals. This week's roundup includes the false assumptions happy people don't make, plus a post on why we should thank our high school teachers for those classes we hated, and tips on what to avoid when negotiating salary.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Help! I Tried to Negotiate, and the Employer Pulled the Offer
    When you're evaluating a job offer, it's almost always smart to ask for more money. After all, if you don't ask, most of the time, you won't get. That said, occasionally you'll run into hiring managers who choose to see even a perfectly reasonable request as a personal affront. This week's roundup includes expert advice on dealing with that situation, plus tips on how to build your personal brand and avoid the pitfalls of crafting a college essay.
  • Negotiation Stories: 'The Best/Worst Time I Asked for a Raise'
    When PayScale compiled the Salary Negotiation Guide, less than half of the 31,000 respondents said that they had ever negotiated salary. Why don't more people ask for a raise? For 28 percent of those who declined to negotiate, it was because they felt uncomfortable asking for more money. When you read some of these stories, it will become clear why some people feel that way.
  • Salary Negotiation Fail, Fixed: What to Do When You Accidentally Lowball Yourself
    Is there any part of the interview process that's more horrifying than answering the dreaded salary requirements question? You can dodge it all you want -- and you probably should -- but if the hiring manager won't budge, you'll probably have to come up with some sort of an answer. Chances are, you'll know right away if you named a number that was lower than you could have requested. The gleam in the HR person's eye will tell you all you need to know. The question is, can you improve the situation, or are you stuck with your range?
  • 'A Man Wouldn't': What Women Need to Know About Negotiating Salary
    Recently, a friend emailed me to say that she had received a job offer from a company she'd been working for on a contract basis. The offer was still taking shape; in a week's time, she'd have to sit down and have the dreaded salary negotiation discussion. Her question was one that PayScale's users ask again and again: what's the magic salary number, the one that will neither cheat the asker nor shut down negotiations entirely? After asking her a few questions about the job and its responsibilities, and factoring in that it was in New York, one of our finest and most expensive cities, I pointed her to PayScale's Research Center to determine a salary range -- and more importantly, a drop-dead number, the salary below which she wouldn't feel comfortable taking the job. "Don't take less than that," I told her. "A man wouldn't."

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