• Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

    Name: Marc Jones
    Job Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Employer: Medisys Health Group  
    Years of Experience: 1
    Education: Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia. Bachelors of Science (Biology), Diploma in Health Sciences (Nuclear Medicine Technology)
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average nuclear medicine technologist salary.

    Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

    For those looking for a cutting edge job in the medical field (that doesn’t require medical school), this Salary Story with nuclear medicine technologist Marc Jones is a must-read. He gave us insight into careers in nuclear medicine technology, the average nuclear medicine technologist salary, schools for nuclear medicine technologists, and where to look for jobs in nuclear medicine technology. Plus, Marc explained some of the academic and training requirements for jobs in nuclear medicine technology.

    In this interview, Marc also discussed the responsibilities and expectations of different jobs in nuclear medicine technology, factors that affect a nuclear medicine technologist salary, and the current outlook for careers in nuclear medicine technology. According to Marc, nuclear medicine technology is a challenging career that involves life-long learning. If you're considering jobs in nuclear medicine technology, or want more info on the typical nuclear medicine technologist salary, keep reading!

  • Michelle Obama Puts Her Career On Hold

    A story in Friday's Washington Post says Michelle Obama--wife of Sen. Barack Obama--is stepping down from her position as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She will instead be focusing on her husband's campaign for president.

  • Do only women choose quality of life over high salary?

    Some information came my way recently that got me thinking again about why women are paid less than men, on average, in the United States. See the PayScale aggregate hourly wage and average salary data for an example of the difference.

    I read the full American Association of University Women's (AAUW) study of the gender pay gap, "Behind the Pay Gap." While one can argue about whether the study actually finds evidence of apples to apples discrimination - that women are paid less when they do exactly the same job, with exactly the same qualifications as men - it is clear as day that men and women in the US choose very different education and career paths, and these lead to very different salaries.

    More info came in the form of comments from readers. One comment from a reader explained why going to Iraq makes sense for a guy trying to make a living as a truck driver. Other comments were by women on why they switched jobs in our article on changing careers. The stark difference in the relationship between work, money, and satisfaction expressed was telling.

    This got me wondering, do only women evaluate quality of life, or true "total compensation", when deciding on a job? Are guys stuck on a treadmill with only one measure of success, total wages earned?

    Are you maximizing your annual salary or living a balanced life? Find out with the PayScale salary calculator.

  • America's Squeezed Middle Class

    A recent New York Times article examines two explanations for the so-called middle-class squeeze: inequality and instability/volatility.

  • Careers in Business Finance

    In a previous column (starting salaries: college grads), I mentioned that one of the higher starting salaries for grads was in accounting. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the starting salary for an accountant is $44,928. Since then, money.cnn.com reported that this entry-level position (one of the many careers in business finance) has an average salary of $46,508. For those seeking long-term careers in business finance, the PayScale average accountant salary is between $45K and $75K.

    Careers in finance are definitely hot; these are good days for bean counters. CareerJournal.com reports that careers in business finance are strong within gas, oil, technology and manufacturing industries. According to Mike Eastman, president and chief executive officer of Eastman Consulting Group, there is a large demand for CPAs, senior finance and accounting personnel. Likewise, at Ernst & Young LLP, the firm plans to add about 10,000 new faces this year.

    What do all these careers in business finance pay? Let's look at the PayScale salary data.

    How is your salary’s financial outlook? Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Abercrombie & Fitch--aka, Cool-Kids-Only?

    I've often wondered why Abercrombie & Fitch has done so well, what the motivation is behind its marketing machine. On doing a bit of research, I discovered a man behind the machine: CEO Mike Jeffries.

    Under Mike Jeffries' tutelage, Abercrombie & Fitch has flourished, with hundreds of stores, four brands and billions in revenues.

  • Are Circuit City Layoffs Really Market Pay Adjustments?

    Circuit City recently laid off about 3,400 workers, causing quite a stir in the blogosphere. Layoffs are not usually done with such candor: as mentioned on pinkslipblog.blogspot.com, Circuit City fired employees because sales were slipping and workers' annual salaries were too high.

    Circuit City plans to replace the workers with lower-paid workers. Laid-off employees can re-apply for their old jobs at a lower annual salary, a move that the New York Times termed “domestic outsourcing." Circuit City argues the employees were making “well above the market-based salary range for their role.”  When pressed for the wage range, Circuit City refused to say how much the laid-off employees were paid. As reported by the Associated Press, Circuit City says a "wage management initiative" was one of the reasons why people were fired from their jobs.

    That a company needs lay-offs to adjust its pay to "market" wages is amazing. How did the wages get out of whack in the first place? Or is this just a case of a company deciding to change its business model from having high quality and low turnover employees to having any warm body?

    Are you being paid above or below your market-based salary range?  Check the numbers with our salary survey.

  • Travel Nurse Agency Jobs: Traveling Nurse Salary

    Name: Amy Robbins
    Job Title: Traveling Nurse
    Where: Tallahassee, Florida
    Employer: Multiple Agencies  
    Years of Experience: 12
    Education: Darton College in Albany, Georgia
    Salary: A traveling nurse salary depends on where the assignment is located. (High hourly wage of $40, low of $30)

    Travel Nurse Agency Jobs: Traveling Nurse Salary

    As the healthcare employment landscape changes, travel nurse agency jobs (mentioned at travelnursingjob.blogspot.com) are growing and many people are choosing a traveling nurse career over other nursing options. But what are the real benefits of a traveling nurse career compared to traditional nursing jobs?  In this Salary Story, we spoke to Florida-based nurse Amy Robbins about her traveling nurse career, the benefits of being a traveling nurse and the average traveling nurse salary.

    If you're wondering about the future outlook for traveling nurse salaries, what to expect from travel nurse agency jobs, or how to start a traveling nurse career, this Salary Story is just what the doctor ordered!

  • Career Salaries: Meritocracy vs. Family Money

    You can’t pick your parents. Some of us are born into average families, while others' last names are Trump, or were lucky enough to be adopted by Angelina Jolie. Does coming from a wealthy family guarantee high career salaries? Chelsea Clinton landed a six-figure job before finishing college, and Paris Hilton landed on the Internet. Can family wealth actually sap ambition?

    Recently, the New York Times featured an article about one of the more interesting career salaries and famous families. Nathaniel Rothschild is a direct descendant of the legendary Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who arranged funding for Britain’s war against Napoleon, amassed enormous wealth and advised everyone from royalty to industry.

    Born into old money, did Nathaniel Rothschild manage to amass nearly a billion dollars through hard work? Was it easier for Rothschild to become rich, with his ultimate old world connections, or for self-made American Ross Perot to get his first billion?

    How does your salary compare to the salaries of your parents? Find out with our salary survey.

  • Emailing at Work: Be Safe, Not Sorry

    Email is both an asset and a liability, and nowhere is that more evident than in the workplace.

    David Shipley and Will Schwalbe explore the perils of email in their new book, "Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home." David Shipley is the deputy editorial page editor and op-ed page editor of The New York Times; Will Schwalbe serves as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books.

  • How To Put References in a Resume
    How do you put references in a resume? Listing references in a resume is akin to combining oil and water-the two don't mix well, experts say. They offer various reasons for not doing so, and say sharing references isn't something you do when first applying; it's what you do when you're a serious contender for a job.
  • How To Write A Cover Letter: Clinching Killer Resume Cover Letter
    Do you enjoy writing resume cover letters about as much as you relish root canals? Dread isn't uncommon when it comes to resume cover letters.
  • Working From Home: A Medical Transcriptionist Salary

    Name: Doralynn Kennedy
    Job Title: Medical Transcriptionist
    Where: Virtual
    Employer: Independent Contractor
    Years of Experience: 1
    Education: Medical Transcription School
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average medical transcriptionist salary.

    Working From Home: A Medical Transcriptionist Salary

    "How do I find medical transcriptionist jobs?" is a question we hear more and more these days. Many people are seeking flexible jobs that allow them to work from home. Medical transcriptionist jobs offer a great option for anyone who dreams of working at their own home office. Medical transcriptionist Dorylanne Kennedy recently gave us inside information about medical transcriptionist training, helpful websites for medical transcriptionists, home-based medical transcriptionist jobs, and medical transcription companies. She also gave us a realistic picture of a medical transcriptionist salary and what it's like to attend training. This interview is a must-read for anyone interested in working from home or pursuing medical transcriptionist jobs.

  • Behavioral Economics and Your 401(k)

    How would you feel if your employer took charge of your 401(k) plan?

    Several recent articles (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Contra Costa Times) explore the pros and cons of this concept, referred to as automatic enrollment, and the forces behind it.

    The New York Times examines one of those forces, a term that piqued my interest: behavioral economics.

  • He Earns, She Earns

    He Earns, She Earns

    A new study by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation that cites a pay gap between men and women has sparked a flurry of discussion.

  • Salary Increases in the News

    There were salary increases in the news recently when KCRA.com (and other media) reported that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to raise salaries for top state administrators. Why were these salary increases in the news so often?  Because California is expected to experience a shortfall of more than $726 million in its 2007-08 budget, some claim there is no justification for the special salary increases. The Governor insists the pay raises are necessary to stay competitive with the private sector, as well as state and local agencies’ salaries.

    According to the LATimes.com, the Governor's justification for the special salary increases was based upon a salary survey conducted by a state government agency. Subsequently, cabinet secretaries will receive up to a 22.7% pay raise and department directors will see their salaries increase up to 12.2%. The largest pay raise will go to the director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Ruben Grijalva. His salary will jump from $133,732 to $169,500, about a 27% pay increase. Is this an average salary increase or outrageous pork spending?

    How would your salary look with a 27% increase? Crunch the numbers with our salary survey.

  • Do Women and Men Earn Equal Pay in 2007?

    Do women and men earn equal pay? I blogged some about this last year, but the gender gap in wage earnings was in the spotlight again when kgw.com (and other media) reported that five restaurant owners in Oregon plan to drop their prices for female customers by 23 cents. The restaurants want to raise awareness about women earning 23 percent less than men in the workplace.

    The American Association of American Women, which is sponsoring the event, says that when the new prices go into effect, 23 percent of the 2007 will have passed, thus, that's the number of extra days women will have to work in 2007 to catch up with men.

    Likewise, as reported on nysun.com, Senator Hillary Clinton is pushing the "Paycheck Fairness Act," a bill that would intensify anti-discrimination laws, create a negotiation skills training program for women and stop retaliation against employees who disclose their salaries. Sen. Clinton also says that women make 77 percent of what men earn (or 23 percent less). Is that number accurate? Do women and men earn equal pay? Is this a case of comparable pay versus equal pay?

    How would earning 77 cents on the dollar affect your salary?  Find out with our salary calculator.

  • How to Become a Wedding Planner

    Name: Leslie Weekes
    Job Title: Wedding Consultant (and events)
    Where: Washington D.C.
    Employer: Self-employed, Leslie-Manning Events, LLC  
    Years of Experience: 6
    Education: BA in English
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the median wedding planner salary.

    How to Become a Wedding Planner

    In the film The Wedding Planner, actress Jennifer Lopez made working as a wedding planner appear to be a barrel of laughs, but in real life, being a wedding planner is a lot of work. We recently spoke to professional wedding consultant Leslie Weekes about how she decided to become a wedding planner and what it's like to run her own business. Leslie gave us great info on how to become a wedding planner, wedding planner schools, and the salary of a wedding consultant.

    According to Leslie, if you want to become a wedding planner, it helps to be someone who is naturally organized with great attention to detail. Becoming a wedding planner may be challenging, especially as the profession becomes more competitive, but a wedding planner salary - and the ability to create a memorable event - can be highly rewarding. If you're looking to get hitched to an interesting profession, don't miss this Salary Story!

  • MIT Dean Falls from Glory

    Marilee Jones, the admissions dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was forced to resign this week for having misrepresented her academic credentials on her resume.

  • NFL Sporting News: NFL Injuries

    Most reports of NFL injuries (as mentioned on chillicothegazette.com) rarely make it beyond NFL Sporting News, but recently reader Vanessa C. Deggins found a New York Times article about NFL injuries that was shocking. The article focused on two wives who are caring for their husbands, John Mackey and Ralph Wenzel, both of whom suffer from dementia because of NFL injuries. I covered today's large pro football salaries in an earlier post, but what of players who didn't earn millions and find themselves in need to cover medical bills?

    A gridiron great from the '60's and '70's, John Mackey was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, a member of the Super Bowl V Champion Colts and played for the San Diego Charges. However, today, Mackey doesn’t recall much of his career, or even his fellow Charger teammate Ralph Wenzel - who doesn’t recall Mackey. What help do these former stars of yester-year have?

    Would your annual salary support you in a time of need? Find out with our salary survey.

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