• Setting Pastor Salaries and Pastor Compensation

    The stereotype of the televangelist with six cars and seven houses has pretty much faded away. When it comes to setting pastor salaries these days, BaptistStandard.com reports that the national average pastor compensation is $77,096.

    This average comes from The Compensation Handbook for Church Staff an "industry" survey of compensation. This average is significantly higher than the PayScale median salary of $56,000 for Senior Pastors.

    As we will see, the difference is both in the definition of compensation and the scope of responsibility. It never is just about the job title :-)

    How does your salary compare to the average pastor compensation?  Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Top Ten Companies to Work for During Tough Times

    New rankings applaud small and medium-sized companies with the right stuff.

    Gas prices are rising, food is getting more expensive and the number of foreclosures continues to increase. So it may be surprising that while some larger companies are shedding employees, there are still small and medium-sized companies considered among the top companies to work for. Though salaries tend to be slightly lower at smaller companies, what makes a positive work environment are other benefits, and these can easily make up for lower salaries.

    [See Salaries by Company Size]

  • Environmental Lawyer Salaries

    Name: Stu Flashman
    Job Title: Environmental Lawyer
    Where: Oakland, CA - USA
    Current Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 18
    Education: Brown University - B.A. and Sc.M. in Biology; Harvard University - Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; New College of California - J.D.
    Other Relevant Experience: Ten years as a Research Biologist (it helps with the science in Environmental Law).
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center to find lawyer starting salaries, and compare lawyer salaries by city.

    Things don’t always work out according to plans. Stu Flashman studied biology at Brown University, earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard and then went to work as a biotech researcher. Then, when he was laid off after ten years in the field, Stu came to the realization that he’d embarked on the wrong career path. In a case like this, what can you do, other than alter your course and make the best of it? That’s exactly what Stu did. He went to law school, passed the bar, and used his biotech research background to launch a career in environmental law.

    Although it took Stu several years to get himself established as a solo environmental lawyer, he now experiences numerous rewards from his work. He gets to select his own clients, take cases he cares about, and see his work positively affect the community. Now, with 18 years of experience as an environmental lawyer, Stu's salary reaches far beyond the original $15,000 he made in his first year of legal practice.

  • Current Unemployment Rate Steady at 5.5 Percent in June

    Today's release of current unemployment rates may be more unwelcome news reminding us of a rickety economy, but the skies could grow darker still. Goldman Sachs forecasts that the U.S. unemployment rate will peak at 6.4 percent late in 2009 before improving, meaning the painful process of shedding jobs may be only half-way done.

  • 7 Tips For Boosting Your Career Through Online Social Networks

    Online social networks are an excellent way for mid-career professionals to boost their careers, experts say--but workers should heed several tips before getting started.

    Stephen Weinstein knows about the power of online social networks. He landed his current job, manager of marketing communications at Cooper Power Systems in Waukesha, Wis., through LinkedIn.com, an online social network for professionals. A recruiter at Cooper contacted him earlier this year, asking if he knew anyone interested in the position; after reading the job description, he pursued the post and was hired.

    Of LinkedIn he says, “I swear by the site, and encourage my friends and colleagues to ‘get connected’ on the site. … I've expanded both my personal and professional networks as a result of LinkedIn.com, and have been extremely successful in connecting others who may not have had previous knowledge of each other, using the site.”

    If you’re a mid-career professional wanting to ramp up your career by similarly leveraging the power of online social networks like LinkedIn, experts offer a wealth of tips for getting started.

  • Congress Sends Bush Unemployment Compensation & Unemployment Benefits Extension

    The U.S. Senate has approved a measure that would give an extra 13 weeks of unemployment benefit extension to the approximately 1.55 million unemployed workers who exhaust their regular 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.

  • Major League Baseball Salaries Growing Unchecked

    By Jeff Ritter, guest blogger on sports salaries for The Salary Reporter

    Major League Baseball has always enjoyed its own unique narrative.

    From the singular greatness of stars like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr., to the troubling scandals of the Chicago Black Sox, Pete Rose and performance-enhancing drugs, the national pastime has carved a unique place not only in America's sporting consciousness, but also in history.

    Part of that history includes Major League Baseball salaries, which differ from the other major professional sports leagues -- the NFL, NBA and NHL -- in one significant area: The complete lack of a salary cap.

  • Legitimate Work at Home Jobs: Work at Home Internet Jobs

    We've all heard of outsourcing, but lately that trend is reversing somewhat, creating new legitimate work at home jobs in the U.S., according to an article on CSMonitor.com. These work at home internet jobs are called "home-based customer service agents." When they clock in for work, their phones ring at home; they make reservations, take customer orders, check on deliveries and answer questions.

    There are reportedly 110,000 work at home customer service jobs in the U.S., and 80% of these work at home internet jobs are staffed by women. IDC, a market research company in Framingham, Mass, told CSmonitor.com that these legitimate work at home jobs are "expected to triple to 328,000 by 2010."  So how do you find these legitimate work at home jobs?  Keep reading!

    How does your salary compare to legitimate work at home jobs?  Find out by taking PayScale's full salary survey.

  • Salaries of Business Managers

    Name: Hany Maurice
    Job Title: Regional Business Development Manager
    Where: Dubai, AL – United Arab Emirates
    Current Employer: Grapheast Computers LLC
    Years of Experience: 3 years
    Education: B.S. in Information Technology from Cairo University, Egypt, School of Computers and Information. Oracle Certified Professional in Applications Development.
    Other Relevant Experience: Over five years of working experience in the field of IT (System Analyst, Pre-Sales and Senior Account Manager).
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the median salaries of business managers and business management salaries by city.

  • Sleeping on the Job? It Might Improve Your Work.

    Napping at work might make you a better employee. That's because our bodies, according to a Boston.com graphic touted by Lifehacker, need afternoon shut-eye to perform at their best--which points to a nap in the middle of the workday. But how can you grab some winks without looking like a slacker?

  • A Writer's Salary: Technical Writing Careers

    Name: Anonymous
    Job Title: Technical Writer, Information Architect
    Where: Syracuse, NY
    Years of Experience: 10+
    Other Relevant Experience: Program Director, AMI-NYS; Communications Coordinator, Rural Housing Coalition; Multimedia Designer, RPI; Technical Support, Berkshire Online; Volunteer work: designing, writing, laying out newsletters, brochures, and web pages; Organizing and managing information for distribution to external sources
    Education: BA in English, Chapman Univ.; BA in Psychology, Chapman University; MS in Communication and Rhetoric, RPI; Graphics certificate, RPI; Human Factors training, RPI; Training courses in Java, DB design and management
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find the best technical writing fields for high technical writing salaries

    In the current job market, those interested in professional writing have a wide range of career options to explore. Writing continues to become a more and more specialized trade, in correlation with rapid technological advances and the increased demands of varying industries. Not only does this advancement mean more jobs for writers, but increased specialization can also mean higher salaries. If you're searching for the highest paying writer's salary, technical writing careers are a good place to start. 

    Our tour guide for this Salary Story is a professional technical writer with over 10 years of experience in the field. You'll get a detailed, first-hand explanation of technical writing as our guide describes several examples of technical writing assignments. After reading this inside look at a technical writing career, find out how technical writing salaries compare to the salary range for grant writer jobs and copy writer salaries.

  • Executive Recruiter Career - How to Become a Headhunter

    Name: Ryan Cook
    Job Title:Job Recruiter/Headhunter/Direct Hire Consultant
    Where: Overland Park, KS
    Employer: Personnel Connection (A Division of Spencer Reed Group, LLC)
    Years of Experience: Almost one year
    Other Relevant Experience: Started in the mortgage business.
    Education: Avila University - B.A. in Corporate Communication.
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center to find the median income for an executive recruiter, including management-level executive recruiter career compensation.

    Ryan Cook doesn't mind being called a "headhunter." It might sound harsh, but the term has become synonymous with working as a recruiter. In his role as a professional recruiter, companies give Ryan specific positions that they need to fill. He then hunts down and delivers qualified candidates for those positions. The task may sound straightforward, but a career as a job recruiter is multifaceted. At one moment Ryan is networking to find potential candidates. At the next moment, he's interviewing candidates to match their interests with job positions. When he finds a good match, Ryan will market and pitch his candidates to employers, highlighting their qualifications.

    In this Salary Story, Ryan shares the inside thrills, challenges, and lighter side of headhunting. If you're interested in playing "career matchmaker," but not too keen on the sales aspect of being a job recruiter, check out careers in human resources. You'll find info on a human resources salary and income as an executive recruiter at PayScale.com.

    How would you describe your work as a Job Recruiter?
    Ryan Cook: I provide a free service to people looking to make a career move. I have businesses that pay me fees for talented candidates that would not be found if it weren't for me. Basically, I network over the phone all day scouring the business world for people that my clients need to make or save their company money. It is the most rewarding inside sales position I have ever had, and will ever have. I am a Job Recruiter, a Headhunter, and I love it. I wheel and deal people. It is a lot of fun and when you place somebody that absolutely loves their new position, it is hypnotizing. You know the Monster.com commercials? I feel like I am writing the script to those every time I complete the process.

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Job Recruiter?
    Ryan Cook: I knew if there was any resource I could sell, that would never run out, it would be people. A family friend who was a marketing manager in the telecom industry exposed me to it when I was in college. From then on I was hooked. I knew it would be my career, it was just a matter of when, where, and how I would get into it.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About Unemployment Benefits

    An unemployment benefits bill being debated in Congress would offer displaced workers around $1,160 a month, enough to buy about 287 gallons of gas at the current price. The bill, which would extend benefits to workers running out of state-funded aid, was approved by the House of Representatives yesterday, with 49 Republicans breaking ranks to support it. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and the White House is vowing to veto it.

    Aside from the political posturing, what does the extension really mean for unemployed workers?

  • Avoiding nightmarish job interview questions and other disasters: Don't show up drunk, or talk about religion, or ...

    With graduation season in full bloom, new grads are sailing the job-interviewing seas, but some are drowning right out of the gate. Others will confront nightmarish--and sometimes illegal--job interview questions. One candidate at Tavalon Tea, a premium tea company based in New York, started bashing Tavalon, apparently too hung over to remember where he was interviewing. Another Tavalon interviewee brought his mom. And a candidate at Collins Wealth Management, a financial planning practice in Parsippany, N.J., answered her cell phone in the middle of an interview--to chat about a TV show and weekend plans.  [ABCNews.com]

  • Why Skipping Your Summer Vacation Could Kill You

    As vacation season rolls around, some Americans are planning to forsake their summer getaways. More than half of the respondents in a Yahoo! HotJobs survey said they'll sacrifice summer vacation this year to save money. But if you make a habit of skipping vacations, you could be shortening your life.

  • A History of U.S. Unemployment Rates

    The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 5.5 percent in May, up from 5 percent the previous month, and the economy lost 49,000 jobs. Looking at the history of U.S. unemployment rates, this was the biggest monthly increase in 22 years and it triggered concerns the economy was at greater risk of edging into recession. The history of U.S. unemployment rates also shows that the 5.5 percent figure is the highest since October 2004.

  • Advice on Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

    In previous posts, I have written about jobs that don't require a 4-year college degree. Some posts generated more comments than others - UPS, love it or hate it :-)

    One reader wrote a thoughtful commentary on a post he saw on our partner, AOL.

    Breaking with my usual pontificating, I am turning this post over this reader. "Jim" followed a path to success that did not include college. He makes a strong case for considering trades instead of college for long-term financial success.

    I have changed a few unimportant details (like his name) to make Jim's comments anonymous, but otherwise the point of view is his.

    Wondering if, college or not, you are being paid what your worth in the market? Find out with our salary survey.

  • Police Officer Salaries: Are Law Enforcement Officials Underpaid?

    In some cities, police officer salaries may be less than what bums can rake in on a yearly basis. But are police officer salaries really that shabby? Last month, New York City police officer salaries received a big boost when the Public Employee Relations Board awarded them a 9.7 percent pay raise over two years. The NYC police officer starting salary is now $36,000, up from $25,000--though in exchange, new hires will see fewer vacation days. [NY1.com]

  • Exercise Physiologist Salaries and Careers

    Name: Sharleen Jones
    Job Title: Exercise Physiologist/Wellness Consultant
    Where: Moose Jaw, Canada
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: University of Regina, Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies; Certified Personal Trainer; Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant; Certified Exercise Physiologist.
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center to find the average salary of a personal trainer and exercise physiologist salaries.

    As more and more people look to "tone-up," fitness gurus are "tuning-in" to learn how to become a personal trainer, get certified as an exercise physiologist, or pursue other careers related to health and fitness. The fitness industry is a booming, multi-billion dollar industry. This means a positive outlook for the job growth rate of an exercise physiologist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness workers can expect a 27 percent growth in employment opportunities over the next 10 years. And while one career choice is to work at a club like 24 Hour Fitness, a wide range of career options exist outside of the corporate fitness world. Sharleen Jones is a certified personal trainer who is actually her own boss. Read on for her inside scoop on how to become a personal trainer, and check out PayScale's exercise physiologist and personal trainer salary data for more information on the average salary of a personal trainer and salary for exercise physiologist

  • Freelance Writing Jobs - One Writer's Inspiring Story

    Name: Cheryl Wright
    Job Title: Freelance Writer
    Where: My home, FL, Trinidad and Tobago
    Employer: Employers are a thing of the past. Now I only have clients who pay and clients who don't.
    Years of Experience: 10
    Prior Experience: Administrative work in the interior design field which involved writing letters, reports, and decorating programs for clients.
    Education: GCE O Level certificate - St. Joseph's Convent, St. Joseph Pitman's Secretarial Certificates - St. Mary's Secretarial Collage Interior Decorating and Design Diploma - Penn Foster Career School Freelance Writing Diploma - Penn Foster Career School
    Annual Salary: Use the PayScale Resource Center to find a list of job salaries for writers, including freelance writing jobs.