• Salary Information: Economic Recovery for Whom?

    President Ronald Reagan once asked, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Today, one might ask, “Is your annual salary better off in this economic recovery than in previous recoveries?” Aviva Aron-Dine and Isaac Shapiro of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities at cbpp.org recently analyzed salary information from the U.S. Commerce Department and concluded that wages and salaries have increased at a 1.7% average annual rate (adjusting for inflation) during the current economic recovery. They compared this salary information to previous economic recoveries (post-World War II) when workers’ wages and salaries increased at an average annual rate of 3.7%.

    Aron-Dine and Shapiro also compared this salary information to corporate profits. During the present economic recovery, they found that profits for corporations have risen at an average annual rate of 13.7%, higher than previous economic recoveries (post-World War II) when corporations' profits had an average annual growth rate of 7.9%. They conclude that “the share of national income captured by corporate profits… is at its highest level since 1950,” while “the share of national income going to wages and salaries remains at the lowest level on record (going back to 1929).” 

    How has your annual salary grown during the current recovery? Want to try a salary comparison? Take our salary survey.

  • Life Coach C.J. Liu - Career as a Life Coach

    Name: C.J. Liu
    Job Title: Life Coach
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Employer: Self
    Years of Experience: 3-4 years
    Education: ICF-Certified - Academy for Coach Training, MBA - Haas School of Business, B.A. - Mathematics and Economics - Duke University, Certified - Neuro-Linguistic Programming
    Salary: The salary of a life coach varies depending on location, experience, and specialty

    Career as a Life Coach

    One of the hottest job fields these days is coaching, not football or baseball, but rather business professional life coaching and personal life coaching. More and more people are seeking out life coach  careers, serving clients who need personal or professional guidance. Some coaches even work as both life and business coaches; C.J. Liu is one of those dual talents. She recently talked to Payscale (in an audio interview, above) about her path to becoming a life coach, her life coach career and life coaching techniques.

    Because a life coach career is a relatively new concept in the marketplace, the salaries of life coaches can vary. As mentioned in Dr. Salary, the salary of a life coach can add up to six-figures annually. If you're wondering about becoming a life coach, what it would be like to have a career as a life coach, or what steps to take toward life coach training, keep reading for a few tips from a certified professional.

  • Music Producer Salary

    Music Producer Salary

    Name: Meghan Gohil
    Job Title: Music Producer
    Where: Los Angeles, CA
    Employer: Owner of Hollywood Recording
    Studio

    Years of Experience: 20+
    Education: Masters in Media Communication / Audio Engineering, Webster University
    Salary: A Music Producer's salary can range from $20k to over $1 million per year

    Music Producer Salary

    Becoming a music producer sounds exciting to many young people, but they just don't know how to get started. Having produced and engineered top rock acts, Meghan Gohil is the perfect subject to ask about a music producer career and a music producer salary. In this interview, Meghan recalls his path to becoming a music producer, discusses the salary of a music producer and explains the actual role of a music producer. If you've ever wondered about embarking upon a music producer career or the elusive numbers behind a music producer salary, this is a must-read interview!

  • Salaries of Journalists

    Name: Don Perteller
    Job Title: Journalist
    Where: Denver, CO
    Employer: Freelance
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: BA in Film, Wesleyan University
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salaries of journalists in different cities.

    Salaries of Journalists

    Journalist salaries and careers vary greatly as we're about to see in this profile of a journalist who has spent a decade in the trenches. Veteran scribe Don Perteller (pictured here with Elvis' favorite chair in Studio-B at RCA Studios in Nashville) recently sat down with us to discuss the typical 9-to-5 journalist life, the different salaries of journalists - including the average salary for starting journalists, the steps to becoming a journalist and the drawbacks of being a journalist.

    Having built a successful journalism career from the ground up, Perteller has first-hand knowledge of the average salary for starting journalists as well as how to manage the ups and downs of a freelance journalist's salary. Because the salaries of journalists are so varied, it's important to do your research if you're considering a career as a journalist. Would you prefer the life of a freelance journalist or being on staff at a magazine? This is a must-read for anyone who is curious about how to become a journalist or the salaries of journalists.

  • Rating Charities: Is Microsoft a More Successful Charity Than Care USA?

    What I thought was an innocuous comment about a corporate leader focusing on something other than his personal bottom line generated a heated response from a reader.

    I was glad to learn I have at least one reader :-)

    Delia's objections are that craigslist is not legally a non-profit and does not report its finances, which is perfectly legal for a private for-profit company. Craig Newmark's claims of philanthropy and poverty could just be a ploy to maximize his lifetime average annual salary and total income.

    While I cannot speak for Craig's inner motivations, or his annual salary, this got me thinking about when a for-profit company is really a successful charity. For today, I'm going to go a little off my usual topics of annual salary and statistics, and look at rating charities: if your goal in life is to do charitable works, would you be more effective at a for-profit company or non-profit?

    To make the question concrete, rated as charities, which is a more successful charity: the non-profit CARE USA, or that rapacious monopolist, Microsoft?

    Charity begins at home :-) Find out with our salary calculator whether you are earning all you can.

  • Relationship Advice: Salary of a Dating Expert

    Name: Renee Piane
    Job Title: Dating Consultant
    Where: Santa Monica, CA
    Employer: President of RapidDating.com
    Years of Experience: 15
    Salary: $120-$150 per hour

    Relationship Advice: Salary of a Dating Expert

    These days there is a wealth of dating tips available online (as mentioned at obiakpere.blogspot.com). Numerous dating experts offer fun relationship advice, relationship seminars, dating tips and advice for women, and relationship advice for men. Because of the variety of information and services available, dating consultant salaries fall within a wide salary range.

    One of the top dating experts, Renee Piane, gave us the inside info about love, dating tips and salary range. She also introduced us to the world of Rapid Dating, her version of speed dating.  If you've ever wondered what speed dating is, or what makes a good speed dating question, don't miss this interview with an experienced relationship advice guru. (For more info about professionals who contribute to the business of love and their salary range, check out this Dr. Salary article).

  • President's Day: Executive Stock Compensation Rates

    President Bush raised a few eyebrows recently when he scolded some of the lavish executive compensation packages (as reported by MSNBC.com). In honor of President's Day, let's look at some of the more well known Presidents, CEOs and their executive stock compensation rates, starting with the Chairman of Apple - Steve Jobs. For several years now, Steve Jobs has drawn a measly executive annual salary of $1. However, Jobs fares far better in the area of executive stock compensation rates (even with the backdating controversy).

    In March 2003, Jobs was compensated with 10 million restricted shares of Apple stock. In 2006, Jobs sold 45 percent of his Apple stock for $295 million. His executive stock compensation rates didn’t stop there. He cashed in again when Pixar Animation Studios was sold to Disney. Admittedly, Jobs was not just CEO at Pixar, but also founder. Recent articles on executive compensation in Forbes.com placed Jobs' net wealth at $4.4 billion. Backdating controversies aside, executive compensation packages, and starting 3 companies, have been good to Steve Jobs.

    How does your salary compare to Steve Jobs executive annual salary of $1?  Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Salary for an Architect

    Name: Stephen Jones
    Job Title: Architect
    Where: Marina Del Rey, CA
    Employer: Principal/Owner SFJones Architects, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 10+
    Education: BA in Design at University of Florida - 1986, Masters of Architecture at UCLA - 1992
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salary for an architect.

    Salary for an Architect

    It’s no exaggeration to say that Stephen Jones is one of the most sought-after architects in the country. Stephen has designed many high-profile restaurants, from the internationally known Spago in Beverly Hills to the Lucky Strike Lanes which grace several major cities. But can the salary for an architect match an awe-inspiring design? We decided to find out more about architect salaries and how to become an architect from one of the best.

    Stephen discussed his different creations, factors that affect the average architect salary and how to become an architect. Primarily a commercial architect, Stephen is equally adept as a luxury home architect, having designed his own house. He truly loves what he does, sans the architect salary.

    Stephen reminds us that the salary for an architect takes a back seat to the passion one must have for this creative and challenging field. If you're wondering how to become an architect - or earn a higher architect salary - keep reading to find out how Stephen rose to the top.

  • Valentine Ideas: Salary Survey

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, love and other unrealistic expectations fill the air, but what about romantic sweet talk of salaries, or at least a salary survey? There is a huge cottage industry out there dealing in love, or the promise of it. There are numerous dating web sites, dating experts (one is featured in Salary Stories) and professional matchmakers. They are quite different from the one you may recall in Fiddler on the Roof. These pros are armed with computer databases and PR campaigns.

    A high-end matchmaker is almost like a human resources recruiter. He or she will interview clients, screen potential partners and arrange several interviews, err, introductions, and may even do a salary survey of possible wealthy mates, like this list from law.usc.edu.  According to money.cnn.com, a matchmaker's salary range depends on the fees, which reportedly can range from $3K to $30K per year, or even $50K for a media campaign in multiple cities to find "the one." Employees of matchmaking firms may earn six-figures, if their annual salary is combined with commission.

    How is your relationship with your salary?  Is the magic still there?  Find out with our salary survey.

  • Radiology Careers: Salaries of a Radiologist

    Name: E. Stephen Amis, Jr., M.D., FACR
    Job Title: Professor and University Chair, Department of Radiology
    Where: Bronx, NY
    Employer: Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
    Years of Experience: 40 years as a physician, 29 years as a radiologist
    Education: B.S., M.D.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average radiologist salary.

    Radiology Careers: Salaries of a Radiologist

    The salaries of a radiologist, requirements for becoming a radiologist and radiologist careers are hot topics these days. More people than ever are seeking info on topics such as radiologist starting salaries and radiology tech jobs. If you're in search for info about this unique doctor salary, then you've come to the right place. PayScale recently spoke to Dr. E. Stephen Amis, Professor and University Chair, Department of Radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    An experienced radiologist, Dr. Amis described the qualifications of a radiologist as well as what factors influence a radiologist's yearly salary. Dr. Amish also shed some light on the different salaries of radiology professionals and what to expect from radiologist careers. After this interview, we're confident that you'll have a perfect image of a radiologist yearly salary and doctors' salaries in general.

  • Salary Range: Human Resources

    Most children don’t dream of someday working in human resources, well, except maybe the precocious kids at HR.com. “Payroll administration,” “team-building games,” and “benefit guidelines” are not the most spine-tingling phrases in a job description. Still, there’s no denying that HR is with us for the long haul and is a growing career field.

    As the human resource job market grows, it is giving birth to an array of sub-specialties such as Payroll Administrator, HR Manager, Recruiter, Hiring Manager, Benefits Administrator, Corporate Trainer, Leadership Coach, HR Generalist, Vice President of Human Resources, and, my favorite, Compensation Analyst; the list goes on and on. For those who are seeking employment, the HR professional is usually the first person you must win over.

    We all have a horror story or embarrassing job interview. A 30-something friend of a friend once interviewed to be an assistant for Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton. To his great surprise, the person interviewing him was Keaton’s then-current assistant: a teenager who had recently graduated from high school and was leaving to go to college. There’s nothing more awkward than being interviewed by someone half your age and having to impress them.

    How does your salary look these days? Is it worthy of an Oscar, or a Raspberry? Check it out with our salary calculator.

  • What is the Average Dermatologist Salary?

    Name: Annette J. Gottlieb MD
    Job Title: Dermatologist
    Where: Beverly Hills, CA
    Employer: Private Practice
    Years of Experience: 15
    Education: BA, UCLA; MPH (Masters of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences), UCLA School of Public Health; MD, UCLA School of Medicine; one-year internship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; three-year Dermatology residency, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average dermatologist salary.

    What is the Average Dermatologist Salary?

    If you've ever wondered how to become a dermatologist, or searched for info on the average dermatologist salary, look no further. Today, our look into careers in dermatology leads us to Beverly Hills. Being a dermatologist - in the 90210 area - may sound glamorous, but this type of physician often juggles two careers: medical and cosmetic dermatology.

    Dr. Annette Gottlieb took a moment away from her busy practice to tell us about some of the different aspects of careers in dermatology, the lowdown on the average dermatologist salary, and info on how to become a dermatologist. She also offered advice for those considering careers in dermatology as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks of becoming a dermatologist. As you will see, careers in dermatology are as varied as the conditions they treat.

  • Make That Career Change!
    Have you ever considered delving into a new career - not just switching jobs - only to be hampered by looming doubt or fear? If so, you're not alone; career transition is common among the American workforce, experts say.
  • Real Career Changes: 3 Stories
    Three career-changers talk about how they made layoffs into lemonade, explored new careers and turned desire into reality.
  • Overcome Your Career Change Fear: 5 Expert Tips