• Lists of Salaries for Careers

    By Bridget Quigg

    The job hunt. The interview. The salary negotiation. There are moments in your life when you have to be able to put a number on the skills and experience that you offer an employer. Where do you get started? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of salaries for careers to help you out?

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  • Walmart Employment Practices: Gender Discrimintation Questions

    Walmart's legal team is busier than it would like to be. They just won a nationwide sexual discrimination lawsuit, settled by the Supreme Court in their favor. But, their troubles may be far from over, as similar, though smaller, suits on the way – possibly a lot of them. What's really happening, Walmart?

  • Your Company, Your Job

    Your Company, Your Job

    PayScale's latest feature allows you to compare pay, benefits and work environment for job at a specific company.   We'll walk you through this feature and show you how you can use it. 

    Let's say you are interested in a job as a mechanical engineer at Ford.   These are the questions you’d have if you were looking at that job:

    • How well does Ford pay its mechanical engineers?
    • What are the benefits?
    • Are people at Ford happy in their jobs?
    • What about Chrysler? Or GM?

    To answer those questions, we created a page for our users to drill down for a specific job at a specific company.

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  • Congrats, Canucks! Canada Fun Facts from PayScale

    By Bridget Quigg

    The Vancouver Canucks are one game away from an NHL Stanley Cup championship. So long Detroit, say goodbye San Jose and adios Anaheim. The Canucks are unlikely leaders of the tournament and Canadians are thrilled. We’ve decided to honor their success in our own PayScale way – with Canada fun facts from our research center.

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  • Top IT Employers

    Top IT Employers

    We recently released a story comparing IT Employers across several factors, such as typical pay, stress levels, typical age, gender breakdown, etc.

    There are some similarities across the employers (e.g. they pay well compared to the typical U.S. employer, they offer generally more flexible schedules, etc.), however there are some stark differences. For example, the median age of IBM workers is 44, while those at Facebook have a median age of 26 and boasts the youngest workforce among top IT companies.

    Are you in the IT world and wondering if you are earning what you are worth? Find out with a free PayScale Salary Report.

  • Amazon vs. Apple: Who’s The Better IT Employer?

    The tech industry is growing, fast. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects IT management job opportunities to grow by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018. Opportunities for software developers are expected to grow by 21 percent in the same time. If you work in this industry, you’ll likely have more than one employer courting you. Which IT employer would be your best fit?

  • Want a Trouble-Free Employer? Advice for Job Seekers

    By Bridget Quigg

    Want to the inside scoop on an employer, beyond salary and bonus information? What if current or former employees at a company could tell you about work schedules, time off and the company culture? They can. Instead of going to their offices and asking the employees themselves, you can take a look at PayScale’s handy new “Compare Employers” feature.

  • Pay Off: New List of College Majors by Salary

    Curious how you can make your college degree pay off quicker? More data is emerging now about which college majors lead to the most lucrative careers. PayScale has been publishing a list of college majors by pay since 2008. But, now, a new study of Census Bureau data supports PayScale’s conclusions. Sorry Psych majors, we were right that the aeronautical engineers will likely be out-earning you… by a lot.

  • What is the Salary for a Home Appraisal Reviewer?

    Name: Bill Wesen
    Job Title: Residential Home Appraisal Reviewer
    Where: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
    Years of Experience: 10
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Electrical Engineering
    Education: Bachelor of Engineering
    Salary: Research the median salary for appraisal reviewer.

    What is the Salary for a Home Appraisal Reviewer?


    This Salary Story focuses on a real estate career that is more behind-the-scenes than an appraiser or real estate agent. We'll find out exactly what a home appraisal reviewer does, how to get started as a real estate appraiser, and some of the challenges you can expect to face in this career. For more info on real estate salaries, check out the links after the interview.

    PayScale: What is your home appraisal reviewer job description?


    An appraisal reviewer is not much different from an appraiser, it’s simply the next step up the line. As an appraisal reviewer, I analyze the quality of residential home appraisal reports. This means that I read the appraisal reports and check that they have everything they need, and that the appraisers who wrote the reports did everything they were supposed to do. First I read the report, and make sure it is the right report type for the house. There are different reports based on whether it is a single home, multifamily, land, condominium, or cooperative property type. I have to check the address; surprisingly enough it is easy to make a typo on a report for something as simple as the address. Then there are many appraisal requirements the appraisers have to meet in the report. I have to make sure the appraisers did the correct procedures the right way; it is easy to skimp out on a necessary time-consuming procedure. There are procedures for measuring the house, finding comparable properties nearby that have been sold recently, and taking pictures of these comparable properties as proof that the appraiser did what he or she was supposed to. Many appraisers dislike having to visit comparable properties to get an idea of what the local open market is; instead of visiting the comparable properties, they take pictures off the internet.

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