• Why Pay Transparency Is a Good Thing
    Would you feel better about your less-than-market salary if your boss talked to you about how the company structures pay? Maybe. PayScale survey data from 71,000 U.S. employees show that workers who are paid less than the market rate for their jobs were more satisfied if their employer was transparent about their pay, as this Bloomberg Business piece points out. When someone actually sat down with workers and talked to them about compensation, their job satisfaction numbers more than doubled, rising from 40 percent to 82 percent.
  • The Cities With the Lowest Unemployment Rates
    A variety of factors contribute to our understanding regarding the current state of the economy. It's not a simple issue. One indicator stands out though as especially significant, at least as far as many working Americans are concerned: unemployment rates. And, this fall, it seems we've been getting some good news.
  • Fact Check: Do Welders Really Make More Than Philosophers?
    If you watched Tuesday's GOP debate on Fox Business, you undoubtedly heard Neil Cavuto tell you that things were really, definitely interesting. And they were: each candidate had ample time to lay out broad details of their economic agenda, and an opportunity to show why theirs was superior to the others. Many times, however, the most interesting thing that was said wasn't a policy issue, but instead anecdotal claims left unchecked by the moderators. In particular, Marco Rubio had some interesting things to say about vocational training.
  • How Important Is Cost of Living When Considering Relocation for a Job?
    If you're pondering relocation to a new city for a job opportunity, you're probably hoping to make more money. But, determining how far your salary will go in your new town can be kind of tricky. We all know that cost of living is a factor to evaluate when considering a job offer, but is it more important than salary? Here are a few things you should know.
  • Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out About the Gender Pay Gap
    Jennifer Lawrence is known for being a badass, whether she's on the big screen fighting a dystopian civil war or railing against body shaming to Barbara Walters. Cripes, she's won an Oscar and been nominated for two more, PLUS she's the lead in a billion-dollar grossing movie trilogy (and a half) and she just turned 25! With a no-nonsense head on her shoulders, she's made waves a few times in Hollywood for speaking her mind, but she hasn't spoken out about the gender pay gap, until now.
  • If the Economy Is Improving, Why Don't We Have More Money?
    We all know that the Great Recession took a huge toll on Americans' finances. There's little debate about that. But, the recovery is proving to be more contentious. For an example, look no further than this morning's disappointing jobs report from the labor department. Let's take a look at what's going on with the U.S. economy and how it relates to your own financial bottom line.
  • The 4 Highest Paying Jobs of 2015
    Money isn't everything, but being well compensated for your time and efforts never hurts either. Recently, CareerCast released their list of the highest paying jobs of 2015. Their wage data came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they based their ranking on other factors as well including stress, and future income potential. Let's take a look at the four highest paying jobs of 2015.
  • Debunking 4 Myths About Teachers' Pay
    Most agree that teaching is an important job. Teachers have an enormous impact on the people they teach, and their former students go on to shape the world – for good or for ill. Given that, some feel that teachers should receive higher compensation for their work. Others, on the other hand, believe teachers already receive adequate and fair pay. There are a lot of myths out there about teachers' pay. Let's take a closer look at a few of them and see if we can't replace some common misunderstandings with facts.
  • Going Into Healthcare for the Paycheck? Skip Med School
    There are plenty of reasons to become a doctor. It might be a part of your family's history, or you may have a personal vendetta against a certain disease. You may be passionate about helping sick people, and maybe you just want a steady, fat paycheck. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to slightly alter your path.
  • 5 Great Tech Jobs That Don't Require STEM Degrees
    There are many reasons why big tech companies have become such popular places to work. The pay is good, the perks are often excellent, and the job satisfaction reported by employees is reassuring. Also, these jobs often provide the innovation and professional growth opportunities that today's workers want.
  • Veteran Teachers Are Tired of Still Being Broke
    It's realistic to expect that, as professionals starting a career, we might not be paid very well at first. Expectations of bringing home the big bucks as soon as college ends are usually frustrated. But, it's also reasonable to assume that our salaries will rise as we gain experience and prove our commitment to our work and the institutions we work for. However, that might not be the case for teachers. Let's take a look at some facts about teachers' pay.
  • Salary Factors: Here's How Your Employer Decides How Much You Get Paid
    What goes into determining how much money you make? In most organizations, salaries are determined by mapping roles and job descriptions with similar organizations (competitors) through a third-party compensation and benchmarking service. A typical job is broken down into its responsibilities, criticality, complexity, and market availability to name a few crucial factors. Based on these factors, the range for a job is arrived upon.
  • McMaster University Is Giving Female Employees a $3,515 Raise to Correct for the Gender Wage Gap
    A great deal of research has surfaced lately showing that the gender wage gap remains a persistent problem. But, few organizations are making an effort to identify the extent of the issue in their own business, and make adjustments.
  • Want to Make Bank? Avoid These 5 Graduate Degrees
    Grad school can make or break your career. Choose the right advanced degree, and you can skyrocket to success; choose the wrong one, and you'll rack up debt, but see little payoff. Recently, PayScale helped Fortune crunch some numbers to determine the best and worst graduate degrees out there, with potential income being the most critical factor. While there's obviously more to consider than just cost, it's important to keep in mind how much debt you're getting into – and therefore how much you'll have to make to pay it back – as average tuition for a graduate degree runs $36,000 to $63,000 a year.
  • The 5 Most Recommended Jobs, According to PayScale Users
    Here at PayScale, we love data. But, much more than that, we love sharing meaningful, valuable data with our readers. We're always trying to find information that helps folks make the best decisions about their careers and professional lives. As part of PayScale's recent data package, Best Jobs for You, we looked at the jobs most recommended by people who took PayScale's Salary Survey. If you're looking for a career change, this is the place to start.
  • The 4 Hardest Jobs to Keep
    Although the unemployment rate (and maybe the economy in general) is improving, the change has been slow and somewhat inconsistent. The unemployment rate is different depending on the region or city in question, and varies quite dramatically by race, gender, and age, as well.
  • Highest Unemployment Rates by City
    To sum up the current unemployment status with just one number would be unfair. (Although, if we did, it would be 5.5 percent. Things are definitely looking up!) But unemployment data can't be boiled down quite that easily. Unemployment may be the lowest it's been in quite some time, overall, but the rate varies so widely that one number alone can't tell the tale. States and regions experience different economic realities, and the unemployment rate varies greatly by ethnicity as well.
  • 5 New Career Paths That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago
    The workplace is changing, thanks to new technologies and new ways of thinking about work. If you're looking to venture into semi-uncharted territory in hopes of a brighter career trajectory, then you may want to consider one of these five new careers.
  • Odd Jobs: 5 Obscure Careers You May Want to Consider
    "So, what do you do for a living?" Nine times out of ten, this question is asked out of habit or courtesy. Very seldom do people expect an unusual answer. However, imagine what a nice change of pace it would be to hear someone respond with, "I dive for pearls in remote locations around the world" or "I design Barbie clothes." Here are five obscure careers that will definitely leave people wanting to know more.
  • There Are More CEOs Named John Than There Are Female CEOs
    Data and statistics tell us a lot about our world. The trouble is, sometimes numbers don't drive a point home the way, say, a narrative can. Sometimes, it takes a different kind of study to illuminate an issue in a way that resonates for people.

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