• Internet Marketing Jobs - Digital Support Specialist
    Job Title: Digital Support Specialist
    Years of Experience: 2 years
    Where: Lone Tree, CO
    Education: Associate of Arts in Business
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median Internet advertising salaries.

    Internet Marketing Jobs - Digital Support Specialist

    Internet marketing is still a relatively new field, but one that's growing quickly as both small businesses and large companies compete for online advertising space. Career opportunities related to Web advertising include important jobs that happen behind the scenes, including customer service roles and positions focusing on administrative tasks such as data entry. Internet jobs in marketing and advertising are thus available to a wide range of individuals with varying levels of experience.

    In this Salary Story, you'll get an insider's look at an Internet career in marketing and advertising. Find out what a digital support specialist does, how to get started in this type of work, and what it's like to do this job for a larger company. Perhaps most importantly, you'll hear about how a positive work environment and added benefits can make this job especially rewarding.


    PayScale: What is your digital support specialist job description?

    My job duties consist of updating listings and customer advertising profiles on the Internet. We also assist sales reps in getting issues that their customers are having resolved quickly. We also add listings to the system and other databases to create more profiles and listings on our site.

  • Salary Raises: Understanding Cost of Living vs. Merit Pay Increases

    I have been looking at pay raises lately, and one thing I have been struggling with is how HR managers talk about raises.

    For example, a recent question on an HR discussion board was whether companies should give cost of living adjustments (COLAs) or "merit" increases.

    In this post, I'll cover what HR means by COLAs and merit raises, and then discuss why this is not really the right way to talk about pay and raises.

    Are you due for a raise? Use PayScale's detailed salary calculator to figure out based on your unique skills and abilities what you are worth.

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  • IT Project Manager Skill Sets
    Name: Dave Cooperider
    Job Title: Sr. IT Project Manager/PMP
    Years of Experience: 8
    Where: Omaha, NE
    Current Employer: West Corporation
    Education: Project Management Institute - PMP # 329370; TAP University, Project Management Training; University of Nebraska at Omaha, AAS, Information Systems
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Background managing team of project managers
    Salary: See the Payscale Research Center for median IT project manager salaries.

    IT Project Manager Skill Sets – Job Skills and Salary Comparison


    IT (Information Technology) project managers make high-tech designs become reality. Blending the specialized knowledge needed to accomplish the work with the supervisory abilities needed to manage a team and complete a project, IT project manager skill sets include a mix of technical and general management skills. While the average salary for an IT project manager is often quite high, long hours and high stress are often part of the job. Often promoted from project engineer positions, project managers must possess excellent time-management, leadership and communication abilities. In this  interview, IT project manager Dave Cooperider explains how he climbed from account manager to his current position and describes some of the pitfalls in this high-stakes industry. Find out why his career choice is rewarding, and compare salaries for IT project managers with varying years of experience.

    PayScale: What are the responsibilities of an IT project manager?

    Responsible for enterprise-wide project management support of projects involving all areas of technology and trade, including but not limited to telephony (Sonus Networks, Avaya and Nortel), Carrier Circuits, Network Engineering WAN/MAN/LAN, Information Security, Server Hardware, and Database Administration. Accountable for combined yearly average project budget of $20 million. Follows PMI standards to manage projects through the project lifecycles of initiation, planning, execution and closure. Prepares project schedules and keeps data current in MS Project and Project Server. Leads the development of work-breakdown structures, develops project tracking and variance reports, assembles risk management plans and Work Effort documents and creates other project documentation in accordance with PMI Standards. Many documents were adopted by the department as best practices for project management.

  • Good Blue Collar Jobs in Demand
  • A Close Look at CPA Salaries

    Tax season has ended. The heaviest lifting is over for America’s many CPAs, staff accountants, business owners and average citizens. We’ve all pushed passed the April 15 deadline, filing for an extension or not. Did you get help with your taxes this year? How much did you pay for that help? It may have left you thinking that an accounting career is a smart move.

  • Federal Employee Salaries: Some Above Private Sector

    You’ve likely heard frustrated friends compare some federal employee salaries and generous health benefits with private sector employees' slender paychecks and missing benefits. Some fact-finding shows that your friends may have reason to gripe.

  • Flight Attendant Salary per Hour Takes Off

    Are you considering working for the airlines? Good idea. It's wise to keep your head in the clouds. Besides exotic lands, generous travel benefits and your new "cool" status at cocktail parties, you'll likely also enjoy a solid financial future. Did you know that the average hourly salary for a flight attendant climbs from about $15 per hour to over $40 within 20 years?

  • Administrative Assistant Job Description
    Name: Misty O.
    Job Title: Administrative Assistant
    Years of Experience: 8
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Current Employer: I am currently unemployed, in part because I am in the process of changing careers.
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Temped as a legal assistant at two law firms.
    Education: University of Washington, BA, Communications/Advertising emphasis
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median administrative assistant salaries.

    Administrative Assistant Job Description


    As long as there’s an office, there will be a need for administrative assistants. In this administrative assistant job description, Misty explains why she chose this position and how to best succeed in it. She explains that, due to salary considerations, it can be beneficial to gain initial experience at a small company and then find the right larger firm to stay with for the long-term. Misty also describes her administrative assistant job duties as well as challenges faced on the job. Learn why this can be a rewarding position, and get practical advice from an experienced administrative assistant.