• No College Required: UPS Drivers' Salaries and More

    The route to financial success - I won't even attempt to say what it takes to have a successful life in general - does not have to pass through college. Billionaire media mogul David Geffen went from high school graduate to talent agent assistant, talent agent, owner of two record companies (Asylum and Geffen Records), and later, to co-founding Dreamworks movie studio with fellow non-college attendee Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg, who dropped out of college.

    While Geffen, Katzenberg, and Spielberg are exceptions, there are options for young people who choose to skip college. One career choice would be working for UPS. If you enjoy driving, sitting and light lifting, UPS drivers’ salaries are typically are $24.69 an hour, per the UPS web site at pressroom.ups.com; which also states, "UPS drivers (and part-time employees) receive full health benefits including medical, dental and eye care."

    Does your salary deliver as well as UPS drivers’ salaries? Check your financial engine with our salary calculator.

  • Millionaires, Like You and Me

    I used to think millionaires lived far away--behind shiny, steel gates or on remote tropical islands. That chauffeurs drove them to important, top-secret places in sparkling limousines with darkened windows. That they were somehow different, and they had always been rich.

    After reporting on middle-class millionaires and their paths to financial freedom, I realized how silly and wrongheaded those notions had been.

  • The Onion vs. Life Magazine

    Time Inc. recently announced it will halt publishing Life magazine, for years a window into American culture and society.

  • Average Salary for a Youth Pastor

    Name: Brian Eberly
    Job Title: Youth Pastor (Pastor to Students)
    Where: Tigard, Oregon
    Employer: 180 Student Ministries and Tigard First Baptist Church
    Years of Experience: 20
    Education: Bachelor Degree from Multnomah Bible College, Portland, OR
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salary for a youth pastor.

    Average Salary for a Youth Pastor

    A youth pastor job description can be varied and unique, often involving a combination of ministry, community outreach, and couseling. Because of this variation, youth pastor salaries also tend to vary. For those interested in pursuing a career as a youth pastor, you don't want to miss this Salary Story with Brian Eberly, a youth pastor with 20 years of experience to share.

    In this interview, Brian discusses his youth pastor job (which he blogs about on brianeberly.com), steps to becoming a youth pastor and important characteristics of effective youth pastors. He also provides info on the many factors that affect youth pastor salaries. If you've ever wondered about a youth pastor career, then keep reading!

  • Veterinarian Salary, Marine Biologist Salary: Careers in Animal Care

    If you're the type who cringes at corporate meetings, loathes dealing with clients and would prefer to avoid humans in general, fear not, there is an option besides hermit-hood. The article "Ten Jobs That Let You work With Animals" from jobs.aol lists various animal careers and what they pay, from a marine biologist salary to a veterinarian salary.

    If you're considering a veterinarian career (and veterinarian salary), there is extra schooling required, and once you graduate, the job duties for a veterinarian include diagnosing and treating animals for injuries and disease... so what is the salary of a veterinarian for all this work?  Veterinarians in Houston, Texas, with 5-8 years of experience, earn an average veterinarian salary of $79,100, with a high-end of $113,200. Not quite MD level ($152,000 - $186,500 per year), but nothing to bark at. (Want up-to-date salary information? Check out PayScale's Career Research Center.)

    How does your salary compare to the Dr. Dolittle’s? Find out with our salary survey.

  • Makeup Artist Salary and Job Description

    Name: Wendy York
    Job Title: Makeup Artist
    Where: Providence, Rhode Island 
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: Over 20
    Education: Some college and licensed in cosmetology
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median makeup artist salary.

    Makeup Artist Salary

    According to Wendy York, a self-made makeup artist, embarking on a freelance makeup artist career can be tough, but creativity and freedom are the rewards. If you're interested in working as a makeup artist, but don't know whether to start with makeup artist internships, a makeup artist apprenticeship, or how to find job vacancies for makeup artists, this interview is a must-read.

    Wendy spoke to us about the typical makeup artist salary, her career as a makeup artist, and secrets of makeup artists. She also discussed the challenges and rewards of being self-employed, including how to manage finances while seeking job vacancies for freelance artists. This Salary Story is a great opportunity to learn more about salaries for makeup artists and how to become a professional makeup artist.

  • Jobs for College Students, Average Job Salaries?

    In an earlier post, we looked at some of the college graduate starting salaries awaiting students once they get out of college, but what about wages while they're in school?  Jobs for college students and pay are a hot topic at UCLA, where student workers are trying to join a union, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). Since 2002, the union has represented close to 5,000 non-student workers at UCLA, from custodial engineers to food workers. As a result, average job salaries tend to be higher for non-student workers than for students.

    When it comes to jobs for college students, UCLA students say that they earn $1.39 less, in starting wages, than non-student workers. Students also reportedly receive up to $2.50 per day for a meal, but non-student workers are given a free meal. Most UCLA food employees have a starting wage of $8.75, but some students claim they start at an hourly wage of $8.25. If we look at a food service worker in Los Angeles (off-campus), with less than a year of experience, their average wage is $9.34 per hour.  This may be a growing trend, as the battle over college jobs extends to many universities.

    How does your profession compare to jobs for college students?  Find out with our salary calculator.

  • 1993 Family Leave and Medical Act Revised: Paid Family Leave?

    Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Connecticut, who wrote the 1993 Family Leave and Medical Act (as mentioned on workforce.com), wants to change the FMLA guidelines. Sen. Dodd recently announced that he wants to pass a new bill to provide six weeks of paid leave for employees. Currently, FMLA provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family or medical needs.

    Since the FMLA went into effect back in 1993, an estimated 50 million people have taken time off work for the adoption or birth of a child, or to care for an ill family member or themselves, but the downside for employees is that the 12 weeks of leave do not include wages. Sen. Dodd theorizes that many people do not utilize the FMLA because of the loss of wages, but believes people would if they were paid during family leave.

    Going 12 weeks without a paycheck is not easy. See if you are earning what you worth with our salary calculator.

  • Salary for Civil Engineer

    Name: Kirin G. Smith, EIT
    Job Title: Civil Engineer
    Where: Silver Spring, Maryland 
    Employer: Delon Hampton & Associates, Chartered
    Years of Experience: 3
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Certifications: EIT (Engineer in Training)
    Civil Engineer Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for average civil engineer salaries.

    Salary for Civil Engineer

    If you're searching for info on the typical salary for civil engineers or a civil engineer job outlook, we have good news for you - the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) recently reported a 4.8 percent increase in the average salary for civil engineer professionals. For those interested in problem-solving and community service careers, civil engineering offers a rewarding profession (and average civil engineer salaries aren't too shabby, either).

    In this interview with civil engineer Kirin G. Smith, we learn about what led to her choice of a civil engineering career, requirements to become a civil engineer, job outlook for civil engineers, job description of a civil engineer, and the average civil engineer salary. If you're interested in a civil engineer career, info on the typical salary for civil engineer pros, or just want to learn more about a challenging profession, keep reading!

  • Average Salary of a Veterinarian

    Name: Wendy C. Brooks
    Job Title: Veterinarian
    Where: Los Angeles, CA
    Employer: self (private practice owner and specialist in canine/feline practice)
    Years of Experience: 19
    Education: 4 years college, 4 years veterinary school, 1 year internship
    Salary: The average salary of a veterinarian varies depending on the branches of veterinary medicine that one might be involved in.

    Average Salary of a Veterinarian

    For animal lovers, a veterinary career, with the standard veterinarian salary, sounds like a dream job. However, the requirements to become a veterinarian include quite a bit of schooling and a serious time commitment, as veterinarian Wendy C. Brooks explains in this Salary Story. While a veterinarian's salary depends on many factors, Wendy explains that a veterinary career almost always invoves working at home or on one's own time. She discusses the requirements to become a veterinarian, and that all important question, “What is the average salary of a veterinarian?"

    Wendy also explains the responsibilities involved in managing a successful veterinary career and what factors influence the average salary of a veterinarian. If you want to know how to become a veterinarian, this is one interview you don’t want miss!

  • Starting Salaries: College Grads

    My son is a high school senior, so the angst is rising about applying to colleges, wondering about majors, and, generally, life choices. This got me thinking: what does the PayScale salary data tell us about colleges, majors, careers, and income? It turns out that the PayScale data has a lot to say.

    Of course, our data are about price, not value: how much people are paid to follow a given path, not whether that life is worth living. Yes, a chemical engineering major will receive a higher starting salary than a philosophy major. Whether the pay is worth ruining one's college years is not something PayScale data can answer :-)

    In this post, I'll look at the obvious: what college majors lead to the highest pay straight out of school. Future posts will cover pay for majors 10 and 20 years out, differences between colleges - is the Ivy League worth the money? - and other interesting factoids, like that the chairman of PayScale, and CEO of Drugstore.com, both were music majors at small liberal arts colleges.

    How does your salary rank among engineers and the rest? Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Julie Roehm: Did the Walmart Scandal Shatter Her Career?

    A recent New York Times article details the story of two former Walmart executives—Julie Roehm and Sean Womack—accused of engaging in an affair while hunting for new ad agencies for the uber-retailer. Walmart made the claims in a court filing and, the Times story says, Julie Roehm and Sean Womack pursued employment with one of the agencies they ended up recommending.

  • Salary of Childcare Services

    One of the hot topics mentioned these days at blogs.wsj.com/juggle is the salary of childcare services, particularly babysitter services. One of the working moms recently blogged: “Many parents know the frustration of paying a babysitter nearly $15 an hour to watch TV… if parents want a night out, the cost can start at $45 even before setting foot out the door.” Is the average salary of childcare workers, including babysitters, getting out of hand? Granted, most babysitters have not graduated high school, but they are still responsible for your child's life for a few hours.

    For babysitters in Columbus, Ohio, babysitter pay averages out at $7.00 per hour, with a high end of $8.50. Let’s compare the pay rate of those who care for your child to those who care for your car. A beginning auto mechanic salary in Columbus, Ohio, is $12.75 an hour, with a high-end of $19.00, assuming the mechanic and the babysitter each have 1-4 years of experience. The average salary of childcare providers does catch up some, if they are full-time nannies or au pairs: hourly pay is $9.00 an hour with a potential of $14.00 per hour in Columbus.

    Is your salary reaching its full potential? Get the latest facts with our salary calculator.

  • Social Worker Salary

    Social Worker Salary

    Name: Darlene Albury
    Job Title: Social Worker
    Where: Flushing-Queens, New York
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 16
    Education: Audrey Cohen College-Bachelors Degree in Human Services, Hunter College School of Social Work-Master of Social Work Degree
    Salary: $60K

    Social Worker Salary

    What is the salary of a social worker? It varies quite a bit these days, as do the roles and tasks of social workers, thanks to the Internet. Darlene Albury is a social worker who works via the web. She recently discussed her social worker career, different salaries of social workers, the requirements for becoming a social worker, and more. As you will hear in the following interview, Darlene truly cares about helping people - something that she says is necessary for a successful social worker career.

    If you've been asking yourself, "What is the average social worker salary?" keep in mind that the salaries of social workers are not usually the top motivation for becoming a social worker. According to Darlene, the ability to be altruistic is a more imortant factor in whether or not you will enjoy being a social worker. She has the unique position of being able to use modern technology to reach a wide range of people in her social worker practice. For those interested in the future of social work careers, the salaries of social workers, or who want more info before entering the social service field, this interview is a must-read!

  • How to Negotiate Salary: 5 Expert Tips
    Need help fashioning a to-do list on how to negotiate salary with a current or future employer? Give the following salary negotiating tips a try, from Laura DeCarlo, executive director of Career Directors International in Melbourne, Fla.
  • Summer 2007 Internships

    Some college graduates can expect a high annual salary the moment they graduate, while others are looking at food stamps, by choice. These college students are not taking a vow of poverty, but rather one of internship. According to CSMonitor.com’s recent article on summer 2007 internships, more and more college students in competitive fields are willingly foregoing lucrative jobs in order to endure their full-time internships, which they believe will in the end land them the job and annual salary they seek.

    While some summer 2007 internships will pay wages, particularly in engineering or computer programming (more than $25 per hour), many internships are unpaid. Industries such as publishing, TV and politics are well known for no pay or low-paying internships. Because there are so many people that want to work in these fields, these industries will have no problem finding students to work for free in summer 2007 internships.

    If you took one of these summer 2007 internships, would your salary get you through? Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Chauffeur Jobs: Pay Rates for Chauffeur Drivers

    Name: Michael Potter
    Job Title: Driver, Personal Assistant and Bodyguard
    Where: Los Angeles, CA
    Employer: Author Stephen J. Cannell
    Years of Experience: 24
    Education: 3 Years of College
    Salary: Typical chauffeur job salaries: $50-$80K and up

    Chauffeur Jobs: Pay Rates for Chauffeur Drivers

    You see them on Entertainment Tonight and on the E! Channel: limousines galore. Celebrity lifestyles and chauffeur jobs seem very glamorous, but behind the glitz, a limousine chauffeur has to navigate crazy traffic and find parking places, all while looking smooth as air. To find out what chauffeur jobs are really like, we spoke to Michael Potter, a driver, personal assistant, and bodyguard for TV series creator and author Stephen J. Cannell.

    In this interview, Michael discussed pay rates for chauffeur drivers, how to become a limo driver, the typical requirements of chauffeur jobs (also mentioned at LATimes.com) and advice on how to get chauffeur jobs. Keep reading for an insider's scoop on how to become a limo driver.

  • Pharmacist Salary: The Right Career Prescription

    Name: Laura Pizzi
    Job Title: Pharmacist, Research Associate Professor of Health Policy
    Where: Philadelphia, PA
    Employer: Jefferson Medical College
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: Pharmacy School: Rutgers College of Pharmacy (PharmD), Masters of Public Health: University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (MPH)
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for pharmacist average salaries.

    Pharmacist Salary: The Right Career Prescription

    As baby boomers age, pharmacist jobs are becoming more plentiful, creating heightened interest in pharmacist careers. In this Salary Story, Laura Pizzi gave us the inside scoop on the typical pharmacist salary, including detailed info on how pharmacist average salaries vary in different employment settings. She also gave us advice on how to become a pharmacist and pharmacist career information.

    Some job seekers may be surprised to learn that there are many pharmacist career options beyond retail pharmacy jobs. In fact, if you want to become a pharmacist, Laura encourages everyone to think outside the box when considering a pharmacy career. She explained that the educational requirements to become a pharmacist are challenging, but rigorous studying can lead to rewarding work and a high pharmacist salary. For readers wondering how to become a pharmacist, this interview is the right medicine.

  • Turn Your Paycheck into a Million Bucks: 5 Expert Tips
    Dennis Barba wasn't always a millionaire. Raised in a middle-class family in Cleveland, Barba credits his rise to millionaire status to getting a job in investment banking at Bear, Stearns & Co. while in college, and later, to his real estate investments.
  • Salary Negotiation Tips: How to Get the Pay You Deserve
    A client approached salary negotiation expert Laura DeCarlo with reservations: a $100,000 signing bonus was attached to the contract he'd signed with his then-employer, and he'd have to pay it back if he left before three years was up.

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