• Salary and Career News Round Up: LinkedIn Contacts, Cost of Commuting, and Young Professional Values

    Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news you may have missed this week.

  • Holiday Jobs for Extra Cash
    The holiday season is right around the corner and many retailers have already started looking for temporary help. Seasonal jobs are a great way to earn extra income during the holidays but can have many other unexpected benefits, too.
  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Bad Managers, Mac vs. PC, and Reinventing Detroit

    By Elise Oras, PayScale.com

    Just in case you were busy this week, we've rounded up the salary trends, career stories and job news you may have missed. 

  • What

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    In the worldwide effort to call forth the one percent of Americans who hold a disproportionate amount of our country’s wealth, the 99 percent stay united in a single group. But, if you are hard working college grad with a steady gig, especially if you’re in a dual-income household, you might be in the top 10 percent, at least, according the 2010 U.S. census data.

  • Working to End Cancer

    Working to End Cancer

    By Lydia Dishman

    During October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, pink can be seen everywhere from lapel ribbons to football players’ sneakers. Between treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness, breast cancer death rates have been going down since 1990. In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Obama Jobs Poster, Wage Statistics, Boss' Salary

    By Elise Oras, PayScale.com

    Just in case you were busy this week, here is a round up of salary trends, career stories and job news you may have missed. 

  • Top 5 Cities for Wage Growth

    By Bridget Quigg

    Do you know which U.S. metro offers you the best chance to boost your earnings? Test yourself. Finish the following sentence with the correct choice.

    Workers are enjoying the strongest wage growth in:

    a. Houston
    b. Baltimore

  • Best Paid Skilled Labor Jobs

    By Lydia Dishman, PayScale.com 

    Skilled labor jobs can pay well, even very well. Yet, many young people feel the pressure to get a college degree and don’t consider hands-on labor. Fortunately, a growing movement hopes to get younger workers enthused about building, fixing, and installing.

  • Time to Ask for a Raise? What the PayScale Index Says

    PayScale recently released the Q3 2011 PayScale Index. The PayScale Index tracks pay trends by location, industry and job category. A salary index that says how much pay has changed in the last year seems like a great source for figuring out if you should ask for a raise. But, how should you use it?

    The PayScale Index is part of what you need to ask for a salary increase, but not everything. In this post, we will discuss how to figure out whether you are due a raise.

    Before you can ask for a raise, you need to know what you are worth. Find out with a free PayScale salary report.

  • Feel Stressed at Work? Darn’t, Get Positive!

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    There are plenty of reasons to feel stressed at work: more work than you have time to complete, lazy workmates or a boss that seems out to get you. In fact, a new study even shows people high on the totem pole at work (VPs and CEOs) may be four times more likely to be psychopaths than the general population. How do you keep your cool when working under all of this stress? Get ready to smile because you’ve got to direct your feet to the sunny side of the street and think positive.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Wage Growth, Occupy Wall Street, and Best Jobs in America

    By Elise Oras, PayScale.com

    Here are some salary trends, career stories and job news you may have missed this week.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: The Simpsons, Steve Jobs, and Holiday Gigs

    By Elise Oras, PayScale.com

    What's going on in the world of salary, career and wages?  We pulled together some of the stories you may have missed this past week.

  • National Coffee Day: Highly Stressed Scientists Win

    By Bridget Quigg

    Steamy, alluring and refreshing, coffee starts most workers' engines each morning. It helps us think brilliant thoughts and actually interact with workmates before noon. For one group of professionals, though, the highest coffee consumers on the job, it may be the difference between fuctioning or not. On National Coffee Day, we take a look at what drives these java lovers to drink... coffee.

  • PayScale Nominated

    By Bridget Quigg

    It's always nice to get a compliment. And, PayScale received a great big one the other day when an employee nominated us for "Best Employer" in the annual "The Best of Western Washington" contest hosted by King 5 television's "Evening Magazine" show. We're blushing. We're honored. And, we're still receiving more votes. Would you help us stay in the top twenty?

  • “Fixers” and Firemen: Kids Describe Their Dream Jobs

    By Bridget Quigg

    Ah, childhood dreams. Ride a unicorn. Fly on a magic carpet. Perform an aortic valve replacement through a median sternotomy incision.

    Okay, the last one probably wasn't on your list when you were little, but growing up to be a doctor may have been. From pilots to zookeepers, chefs to police officers, kids tend to have high hopes for their futures and funny ways of describing them.

  • Does Casual Dress Hurt Your Income?

    By Lydia Dishman

    Do you dress for success? It’s no secret that most people will formulate an opinion of you based on your appearance within minutes of an introduction. But can that short space of time mean the difference between a lucrative career and a low-paying job? According to data from PayScale, dressing up isn't going to help or hurt your pay. It's your skill set that matters.

  • Big Money in Minutes: NFL Salaries vs. Average Fan Salaries

    Larry Fitzgerald agrees to continue his job as a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals for the next eight years for $120 million.

    Chris Johnson accepts an offer from the Tennessee Titans to continue as their running back for the next six years in exchange $53 million.

    Quarterback Michael Vick signs a contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $100 million over six years.

    These NFL salaries have made headlines this summer, in part because they are so far beyond anything most people could even fathom earning. How far? Let’s use PayScale.com’s database to take a look.

  • Recent College Graduates' Pay Down in 2011

    As part of the research for the 2010-2011 PayScale College Salary Report, we looked at the pay trends of recent college graduates and found startling results.

    With the unemployment rate for college graduates at 4.3% in August, less than half the national average, you would think the strong demand would translate into higher wages.

    While the graduates of some schools continue to bring in the big bucks, and overall earnings of bachelor's graduates are substantially higher than high school grads, the data show that all is not well in the market of recent college graduates.

    College degree or not, are you being paid what you are worth? Find out with a free PayScale salary report.

  • The Path to Your Dream Job

    By Bridget Quigg

    What does having a dream job feel like? I envision a young man in a tie and slacks skipping down a sidewalk, unaware of the sprinklers spraying him because he is so happy to be going to work. Can a job be that dreamy? It's hard to say. But, some folks at the University of Washington School of Continuing Education decided to try to get you a little closer to career bliss with their "The Path to Your Dream Job" infographic.

  • Salary Hero: School Superintendent Cuts Own Pay

    By Bridget Quigg

    In the competitive world of salary numbers, negotiations and earning goals, you sometimes you run into surprises. Fresno County school superintendent Larry Powell chose to give up $800,000 in salary over the next three years to help fund education and the arts in Fresno, rather than add to his already-full retirement account.