• Getting Hired After Being Fired

    Getting fired is humiliating and frustrating. It's a blow to your ego and self-worth, not to mention bad news for the future of your career.

    But does a termination forever banish you to the fringes of the working world?

  • What are the top jobs in television broadcasting?

    What are the top jobs in television broadcasting? According to a recent report, Rupert Murdoch the chairman and chief executive of News Corp., may have the best gig of all. This fiscal year he earned a total compensation valued at $24.3 million, per an analysis of a recent regulatory filing. Of that $24.3 million, $8.1 million was Murdoch's salary, an increase of $3.6 million from last year.

    The 76-year-old Murdoch also received a $15.8 million bonus and additional compensation of $356,175.  This reportedly consisted of $337,427 in personal use of the company aircraft, $11,998 in personal use of company cars and $6,750 in retirement plan payments (err, does he really need a retirement plan?). How did others in News Corp. do in this broadcasting salary survey? Keep reading!

    What are the top jobs in television broadcasting?  How do they compare against your salary?  Find out with PayScale's full salary survey.

  • Part Time Jobs for Mom: Your Guide To Career Planning

    Working mothers have never had it easy, unless they're wealthy actresses with a slew full of nannies. Women are expected to meet corporate America's demands and be the main caregiver their children's lives. Not only that, some may be caring for elderly parents. That may be why more women are giving a thumbs down to 40 hours a week and looking for "part time jobs for mom," according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, as reported on CSMonitor.com.

    The survey said that when working moms were asked about their "ideal" work situation, a slim 21% cited 40 hour a week jobs, this was down from 32% in 1997. In contrast, 60% of 2007's respondents said "part-time jobs for mom" were "ideal," up from 48% ten years earlier.  Interestingly, 19% of working moms in this year's survey preferred not to work outside the home at all. Of course, working part time may not be a financial option for moms. What is the solution?

    What would your salary look like if you worked part time?  Find out with the PayScale Salary Calculator.

  • Let's Get Our Workforce Out of the 1950s

    Is a computer worth more to a company than a female executive who makes six figures and has loads of client relationships?

    It might be, according to a New York Times article on Sylvia Ann Hewlett's recent book, "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps," about women re-entering the workforce after time off to care for children, parents or other reasons.

    “If a $2,000 desktop computer disappears from an employee’s desk, I guarantee that there’ll be an investigation,” Maury Hanigan, a consultant, tells Dr. Hewlett, adding that “if a $100,000-a-year executive with all kinds of client relationships” quits “to stay home with the kids — there’s no investigation.”

  • Criminal Defense Attorney Salaries

    Name: Scott Pactor
    Job Title: Criminal Defense Attorney - Attorney at Law
    Where: San Diego, CA 
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 6
    Education:J.D. Hastings College of Law, San Francisco; B.A. American University, Washington D.C.   
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for criminal defense attorney salaries.

    Criminal Defense Attorney Salaries

    If you're interested in criminal defense attorney salaries or have ever wondered what's it's really like to work as a criminal defense attorney in California (or anywhere else), then you don't want to miss this Salary Story. San Diego criminal attorney Scott Pactor gave us the inside scoop on criminal defense attorney salaries and the attorney jobs California and other states have to offer. This interview is court-mandated reading!

  • PayScale - The $1 CEO Salary Myth: CEO Salaries vs. Worker Salaries
  • Median vs. Mean Lawyer Salaries: Is Law School Worth It?

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), "Hard Case: Job Market Wanes for U.S. Lawyers", reported on the large number of law school graduates suffering under large debt with surprisingly low salary prospects.

    If only these prospective law students had been reading this blog. They would have understood the difference between median and mean, and that only 10% of students can be in the 90th percentile of salaries :-)

    While the Wall Street Journal focused on the somewhat misleading marketing done by second tier law schools, in truth there is plenty of data available, e.g., from PayScale's research center, on just how low the typical median starting lawyer salaries are.

    In this post, I'll look at lawyers salaries: the top, the bottom, and the middle. Yes, for specific skill sets and employers, the attorney salaries are still good. That pay just is not the typical (median) law student's experience.

    Is your salary above or below the median for people like you? Find out with the PayScale Salary Calculator.

  • IT Jobs and Careers Around the World

    For those interested in IT jobs and careers, you might be wondering if it pays better to work in the U.S. or in a foreign country, particularly with all the press about outsourcing and globalization.  According to Trak.in, an Indian web site, IT jobs in India are seeing salary increases.  They quote a 2007 salary survey that says the average Indian software worker saw a salary increase of 18.7% in 2007; an improvement over the 18.3% increase reported in 2006.

    This was a nationwide survey reportedly performed by IDC India that reportedly survey 2,806 IT professionals. They then contrast those numbers to the U.S., which reportedly saw a base salary increase of 2.7%, according to Redmond.com. India might sound great until we note that the average U.S. IT salary is $71,988, and the Indian rupee is only 40 cents to each U.S. dollar.

    How does your salary compare against IT jobs in India (and salaries)?  Find out with the PayScale Salary Calculator.

  • Increased Income for College Graduates: Class of 2007

    In a column earlier this year, I examined some of the average college grad income predictions made by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). So how has the class of 2007 actually done in the “real world?” Well, NACE recently issued its most recent and final 2007 Salary Survey which shows an increased Income for college graduates in many fields.

    Not surprisingly, there was increased income for college graduates in accounting. Number crunching continues to pay well; the average accounting job for college graduates gained 3%, with an average starting salary of $46,292. Business administration and management grads saw a 5.1% bump; their average salary, right out of the gate, was $43,256.

    How does your salary compare to accounting careers for college graduates?  Find out with our salary survey.

  • A Window on Generations Now

    The workforce is knee-deep in an anomaly: For the first time ever, four generations are side-by-side, with everyone from Millennials to the Silent Generation contributing to the bottom line.

    But what is a generation, anyway, and what are these four all about?

    According to Chuck Underwood, founder and president of The Generational Imperative, "Any generation ends with a significant end in America of the times or teachings or both that young kids will absorb."

    Underwood, one of my sources for PayScale's September stories on Generations X and Y (links here and here) in the workplace, offered a snapshot of each generation working today.

  • If You Think Your Commute Is Getting Worse, You're Right

    Travelers in all U.S. metro areas are wasting more time than ever in traffic--and more gas, according to the 2007 Urban Mobility Report.

    Released Tuesday, the report says traffic congestion is draining $78 billion from the economy every year, including "4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel—that's 105 million weeks of vacation and 58 fully-loaded supertankers."

    How can we make things better?

  • Management Tips: Gen X vs. Gen Y
  • Generation Y Rules: The Flexible Workforce Revolution
    Playing Scrabulous on Facebook, text messaging friends during meetings and updating their MySpace profiles at work are only a few of the things that separate the Millenials (Generation Y) from Generation X and baby boomers. Despite challenges in relating to each other in the workplace, X and Y definitely share a desire for work-life balance and flexibility in a 24-hour-workday world.
  • Who Owns Your Time--You, Or Your Boss?

    Cam Marston thinks American workers are changing their minds.

    Older generations have worked as though employers own their time--but the up-and-coming workers believe they're the keepers of their time, said Marston, a consultant specializing in multigenerational communications.

    "The baby boomers' and Matures' attitude was: The company owns my time, and I move for them as they need me," he said. "Gen Xers and Yers say, 'I own my time, and I give you what you need based on the job that needs to be done."

    Meanwhile, a recent survey by the Kenexa Research Institute shows workers who telecommute--and ostensibly own their time--are the most loyal and satisfied.

    Is this all pointing toward a more flexible workplace?

  • The 25 Best Paying Careers.. and the Worst

    Forbes announced its annual list of the 25 best paying careers and the worst. Forbes drew info from the U.S. government's National, State and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. This 2006 data was based on a national survey of employers of various sizes, industries and occupations.

    I am very familiar with these government estimates. The government does a great job with the broad forces at work (macro economics) in employment and compensation. It is a little funny that Forbes uses the government defined occupations, because the sizes of the ~800 occupations vary widely. For example, both Mine Shuttle Car Operators with 3,000 workers nation-wide and Sales Representatives with 1.5 million are "occupations".

    Not surprisingly, top paying jobs in the medical field dominate the list of careers. According to Forbes, anesthesiologists had a salary increase of 5.8%. If we take a look at our PayScale research center, anesthesiologist salaries in major cities are north of $200,000; not bad for knocking someone out.

    What about the worst paying jobs? Food preparation and serving workers top that lowly list of careers. According to Forbes, there was a 2.4% increase in these salaries, bringing the average salary of a food preparation and serving worker up to $15,930.

    Is your salary one of the best paying careers, or one of the worst?  Find out with our salary survey.

  • Physician Assistant Salaries - Physician Assistant Career Outlook

    Name: Teresa Holler
    Job Title: Physician Assistant
    Where: Roanoke, Virginia
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 12
    Education: Siena College, BA in biology; Touro College, BA physicians assistant program; Alderson-Broaddus, MA in medicine
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median physician assistant salaries.

    Physician Assistant Salaries: Physician Assistant Career Outlook

    For readers who don't want to endure years and years of medical school, but still want to work in medicine, this interview with physician assistant Teresa Holler may be the right prescription. She gave us an overview of different physician assistant jobs and described the typical physician assistant education.

    This interview also covers cardiology physician assistant jobs, the outlook for a physician assistant career today, and how to find physician assistant jobs. Teresa also explained what factors can affect physician assistant salaries. For those interested in physician assistant jobs or a medical career, keep reading!

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  • Real Wages Fail To Match A Rise In Productivity

    Real wages fail to match a rise in productivity, that is the conclusion in a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute (as reported on Money.CNN.com). According to the study, productivity has been strong since 2000, employment has increased, but this economic growth hasn't helped workers at the middle and lower end salary ranges.

    The study says that worker productivity has increased nearly 20% since 2000, but the real median hourly wage of all workers rose only 3%. The study goes on to state that worker productivity has risen 5%, since 2003, but the median hourly wage has decreased 1.1%. It's not all bad news, women have seen a rise in wages of 4.7% between 2000 and 2007, but real median wages for men rose just 1.1%.

    How high has your salary risen? Find out with our easy-to-use salary survey .

  • Jobs in Demand Nationwide, Only Certificates Required

    In earlier columns, I examined top paying jobs for people with no college degrees; and here we go again =o). I'm not trying to put universities out of business, but this seems to be a hot topic these days. So hot that Yahoo! Hot Jobs recently compiled an interesting list of jobs in demand nationwide that only require online certificate programs.

    Surprisingly a college degree is not required to be a paralegal, but you do need stamina. You're doing a lot of researching for attorneys. A friend of mine completed the UCLA paralegal certificate program and, today, is working for the U.S. Department of Justice and dating her teacher. According to the PayScale research center, the median salary for a paralegal ranges from $49,731 to $29,839 (boy/girlfriend not included).

    How does your salary compare to jobs in demand nationwide? Find out with our salary survey.

  • Accountant Career Path - Accountant Average Salary

    Name: Christine White
    Job Title: Accountant
    Where: Virginia
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 20
    Education: BBA, Averett University in Danville, VA
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for an accountant average salary.

    Accountant Career Path - Accountant Average Salary

    If you're interested in an accountant career path and/or an accountant average salary, this interview with accountant Christine White crunches the numbers. Christine has gone out of her way to follow her own path as an accountant by continuing her education with online accounting classes, pursuing forensic accounting, and always focusing on excellent customer service. She spoke to us about how she started her accountant career path, the responsibilities of accounting jobs, the education needed for an accountant career and how self-employment vs. working at a firm may impact an accountant's average salary.

    This Salary Story also covers different jobs for accountants, including tax accountant jobs. And, if you're already taking steps toward an accountant career path, don't miss Christine's tips for how to handle the stress of tax season. Don't put this off until April 15th, read it today!

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