• Salary and Career News Round Up: Minimum Wage Increases, Annoying Management Terms, and a Lesson in Customer Service from Ocean Marketing

    On Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.

  • Cheery or Scroogey? Ho-Ho-Holiday Happiness for Retail Workers

    336313316_aaf54911bf_bBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Which retail workers are merry, jolly and happy to serve you this holiday season? PayScale.com asked retail workers at various major outlets to rate their levels of stress and satisfaction on the job and came up with a happiness score for each group. It turns out that some holiday workers like their retail gigs much more than others – and pay and benefits don’t always make the big difference.

  • Do You Work Like a Geek?
    One group of modern workers has developed a special reputation for caffeine addiction and junk food intake: computer geeks. These are the software developers and computer programmers who stay up all night finishing projects, only to grab a pizza and a coke for breakfast and play hours of video games to burn off steam. What is the deal with their wacky work and sleep habits? Can you relate to them?
  • Jobs That Pay $20 Per Hour

    By Bridget Quigg

    Ready for a gig that pays you twenty dollars per hour? There are many options out there. And, of the following list of ten jobs, less than half require school beyond a high school diploma. See which skills you might already have or are interested in and get started.

  • Pursue Your Passion and Land Your Dream Job

    Jim-Hopkinson-Author-B&W-PayscaleBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Do you have a nagging feeling that a better job awaits you, one that caters to your passions and pays the bills? How can you get working toward your dream job? We spoke with career coach and author Jim Hopkinson (Salary Tutor) who offered practical, step-by-step advice on how to honor what you care about most and earn a living at the same time.

  • CEO Pay vs. Typical Worker Pay

    We recently released an insightful bit of data that looks at the ratio of pay for Fortune 50 CEOs to the pay of employees at their respective companies. The results are unsettling -- on average the Fortune 50 CEOs earn 213 times more than their workers.

    Who tops the list for the biggest ratio and which CEO earns pay closest to their employees? See the answers below...

  • A Happier Holiday Season with LinkedIn

    4109780694_6225c59c83This time of year it seems that there is a holiday mixer nearly every night of the week. And don’t get me started on the “Let’s catch up over an eggnog latte” invites I’ve started to see in my inboxes lately. How can we turn this merry making into career enhancement? Use it to grow our professional network.

  • Obama Speaks Up on CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios

    2813085052_cd9dd5b254_oBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale

    "The typical CEO who used to earn about 30 times more than his or her worker now earns 110 times more."— Tweet from President Obama, December 6, 2011

    This morning in Osawatomie, Kansas, a small town of just 4,600 residents, President Barack Obama spoke to a group of rural Americans that likely didn't include many billionaires. He focused his speech on the American middle class and why he thinks it is theatened. Who did he point a finger at as a group contributing to this eroding middle class? CEOs at major corporations.

  • Who Earns Most? Ratio of Pay CEO-to-Worker

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    How much do certain CEOs make compared to the employees at their companies? A lot. Many earn hundreds, even thousands, of times more than their typical employee.

    Online salary database PayScale.com researched the total cash compensation for CEOs of the top 50 companies on Fortune’s exclusive 500 list. Then, PayScale calculated the median annual earnings for workers at those companies and came up with a ratio of CEO to typical worker's pay and created an infographic showing the results. Spoiler alert: Prepare to be shocked.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Cyber Monday, Young Workers Find Jobs, Job Search Tools

    By Elise Oras, PayScale.com

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

  • 5 Job Search Advancements to Be Thankful For

    Jim-Hopkinson-Author-B&W-PayscaleBy Jim Hopkinson

    When the pilgrims sat down for that first Thanksgiving meal in Plymouth, they had certainly spent many more hours gathering the corn and preparing the turkey than we do these days. We have plenty of conveniences that make cooking the perfect meal easier. Let’s just say there was no canned cranberry sauce, ready-made pie crust, or microwave oven to heat up those leftovers.

  • Is Facebook a Right or a Privilege at Work?

    By Lydia Dishman, PayScale.com

    For Generation Y, access to the Web is as essential as air, water, food and shelter.

    According to the 2011 Cisco Systems “Connected World Technology Report,” a whopping one of every three college students and employees surveyed globally believes the Internet is a fundamental resource. So it’s no surprise that having access to Facebook and Twitter is considered essential when deciding on where they’ll work. More than 40 percent of young adults surveyed worldwide said they would accept a job offer for less money if they had more access to social media at work.

  • Find a New Job Using LinkedIn

    Do you have a profile on LinkedIn? If not, I highly recommend it. There are plenty of ways for professionals to use LinkedIn to grow their careers and their paychecks. Whether you’re looking to switch jobs, improve your professional network or hire fresh talent, it’s important that you get familiar with LinkedIn.

  • The Secrets of Your Boss’ Salary

    By Bridget Quigg

    Whether they manage every minute of your day or disappear most afternoons to “lunch meetings,” you know one thing for sure about your boss. He or she probably makes more money than you do. How much more? It depends on your gig.

    Online salary database PayScale.com put together a list of common boss-subordinate relationships and calculated the earnings differences. Chances are your boss is doing well financially.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Millennial Women Burn Out, Black Friday, NASA Hiring

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

  • Before 2012: Salary Negotiation Tips from The Salary Tutor

    What can you do before the end of the year to set yourself up for a higher salary? We asked Jim Hopkinson, author of "Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiaton Secrets No One Ever Taught You," this question. From how to prepare for a conversation with your boss to handling that initial “no,” he guides you through your must-do salary negotiation homework before Dec. 31, 2011.

  • Most Common Post-Military Jobs

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale

    Where can veterans find work? The answer to this question is on many people's minds this Veterans Day. Between the announcement that all U.S. troops stationed in Iraq for the war should be home by 2012, and the recent signing of the federal employer tax credit for hiring veterans, the government and employers are focused on getting our military men and women quickly integrated into the civilian workforce. 

  • Get To Work! How Much Does Your Time-Wasting Cost Your Company?

    By Denene Brox

    It’s a rare employee who isn’t guilty of a little slacking off every now and then. A Facebook status update here, a little discussion of last night’s 30 Rock there. And then there’s the time spent shopping online for a gift for your mother’s birthday, and the time spent on the phone dealing with personal issues.

    October 26th is “Least Productive Day” at work. We’ve done some sleuthing to find out how much time is really being wasted at work and tallied up how much money its costing companies in lost productivity.

  • Trends in Tips

    Trends in Tips

    Tips are a way of life for many service industry jobs. In fact, for some jobs tips make up over 50 percent of a worker's total take-home pay. During tough economic times these workers often suffer from a decrease in their tips, both due to a decrease in consumerism and to a decrease in generosity.

    This is exactly what we found in our Tipping Study in 2009 -- the year after the beginning of The Great Recession, tips on average fell. However, the opposite is often true during good times. Tips rise as consumers feel their budgets loosen, causing both an increase in consumerism and a potential increase in generosity.

    Today PayScale released our sixth annual Tipping Study, which highlights over 90 jobs that receive tips, the typical amount of these tips, the percent of total take-home pay from tips and the frequency of tips.

    Do you work in a job where pay is dominated by tips and curious about how your pay compares to others like you? Find out with a free PayScale salary report.

  • Retail Holiday Jobs at Gap

    By Bridget Quigg

    Are you looking for work this holiday season? Need a little more jingle in your pocket?

    We went out on to the streets and interviewed retail workers at some popular retail outlets - RadioShack, Gap, Sephora and more - that are hiring this holiday season. We tried to find out what it's like to work at these stores and how to get hired.