• Election Stats: Voters by Industry [infographic]

    Joe the Plumber was a fixture in the 2008 election, but how will he -- and other workers in the construction industry -- vote this year? PayScale surveyed our users to find out which industries are leaning left and which are leaning right. 

  • Best Majors for Making Money [infographic]

    My childhood plans for my life were simple: go to college, become Princess Leia, get married, and then drive around the country in an RV with my grandmother and my dalmatian, drinking orange juice. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered Texas A&M University did not have a Space Princess major -- not even in the school of liberal arts. I was forced to evaluate my options. Did I want a major that would provide philosophical meaning to my life or did I want to earn a hefty paycheck? (Spoiler alert: I became a writer.) 

  • The Wage Gap: Binders Full of Data

    One of the hottest topics to come out of last night’s second presidential debate is equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace, especially the gap in pay between male and female workers. We at PayScale are always glad to hear people discussing the wages, so we consulted our binders… ah-hem, servers full of data and came up with the following perspective.

  • How to Answer the 'Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?' Interview Question

    It's a question we've all been asked at one point or another during an interview: "Where do you see yourself in five years?" This stock question can make or break your interview, and WorkAwesome recently shared a great three-step strategy to help you answer it perfectly.

  • Gen Y Report: Head (North)West, Gen Y!

    PayScale’s "Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more. Today we look at the report to find the best metro area for Gen Y workers who are looking to build strong careers in an exciting city.

  • Election Stats: Nurses and Doctors Pick the President

    When it comes time to vote in November, will doctors and nurses choose to re-elect President Obama, or will they throw their support to Romney instead?

  • Election Stats: Jobs Skills Compared -- Obama Voters vs. Romney Voters [infographic]

    What are the most common job skills among Obama and Romney supporters? PayScale surveyed its users and found that Obama voters are more likely to be sticklers for grammar, while Romney voters would be the ones who could fix broken equipment. 

  • How Much Should You Save for a Comfortable Retirement?

    How much should you save to ensure you have a comfortable retirement? Fidelity Investments' latest report reveals the figures you need to commit to memory when building up your nest egg.

  • How One Man Turned a $5 an Hour Job Into a $500,000 Salary

    The American Dream isn't dead. It's just moved into the energy sector.

    Twenty years ago, Johnathan Roberts starting working on a oil rig. His salary? $5 an hour. Today, he commands half a million dollars a year as operations manager at Norway Drilling. What's his secret? Hard work, yes. Years of experience, of course. But he was also in the right industry at the right time.

  • 12 Unique Skills Startup Employees Need for Faster Promotions
    Q: What's one unusual skill employees need to get promoted faster at a startup or small biz?

    The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.
  • 4 Tips to Be an Effective Mentor

    Today's always-on business environment makes it difficult for many executives to find time to mentor others. In an interview with Dorie Clark for Forbes, Demetriouse Russell of Harvard Business School offered the following helpful tips to be an effective mentor.

  • Conversations with PayScale: Public Relations Specialist
    With the election just 22 days away, we at PayScale find ourselves discussing the jobs available in the political arena. What is it like to be a speech writer? What does a lobbyist do all day? And is there a job where we can just hang out at the White House, quoting The West Wing at anyone who will listen? No? Fine. Maybe we'll just walk around and see if there's a pick-up meeting we can get in on instead.
  • Study Supports Workplace Flirting for Women to Get Ahead

    New research out of UC Berkeley indicates that for women to get ahead while negotiating, they should try flirting. This supports previous studies that found women who negotiate hard, as a man would do, were actually penalized for their toughness and unlikeability. Have we regressed to the 50s?

  • Does Physical Fitness Lead to Career Success?

    Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan made headlines after he claimed to have run a marathon in "under three [hours], high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something". Runner's World discovered his actual marathon time was 4:01:25. Now, most runners will tell you it is highly unlikely a marathoner would forget his or her PR, especially by that much. So why would Ryan guess low? Does our culture value fitness to the point of believing an athlete is more qualified for an office like the vice presidency? Or could it be that phsyical fitness makes one more successful overall?

  • PayScale Is Keeping Up with the Kardashians... and Your Salary Potential

    In case you missed it, in an article titled, "These Two Salary Data Sources Will Help You Prove That You Deserve A Raise", Business Insider’s Brazenist column recently compared PayScale to Kim Kardashian. We know, the analogy sounds weird, but whenever a major media outlet recognizes us for “blazing a new trail when it comes to providing salary data” we’re happy to accept it as a compliment. When they questioned the validity of our methodology though, we shot back with a few corrections defending our (and Kim’s) honor.

  • Is it Time for a Sabbatical From Work?

    Could you benefit from taking a sabbatical from work? Quite possibly, according to SideTour cofounder Vipin Goyal, who recently took a six-month break from work to travel the world and broaden his horizons. Alina Dizik interviewed Goyal for Fast Company to see how he emerged more productive and creative than ever.

  • Sheryl Sandberg Gives Women 3 Good Reasons to Go Into Tech

    The technology sector is notoriously dude-heavy, and becoming more so. According to a FINS.com report, just 24 percent of tech jobs are held by women -- and that's down from 26 percent in 2001. Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, would like to change that. In a recent post on Quora, she gave three reasons why women should pursue careers in tech.

  • Social Media Job Titles That Need to Exist

    One of the best parts about living in the future is that there are jobs that didn't even exist when we were kids. For instance, anything having to do with social media was totally unthinkable when Gen X-ers and older Gen Ys were sitting down with their career counselors to choose a life direction.

  • 3 Ways to Be a Fairy Job Mother for a Friend

    In These Tough Economic Times (tm everyone), there's no nicer gift to give than the gift of employment. Which is to say that if you have the means to help one of your pals get a job, you absolutely should.

    Redbook has some great tips on how to act as a fairy job mother for a friend. Here are three things to keep in mind:

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Avoid Burnout at Work, How Women Entrepreneurs Differ from Men, and Facebook vs LinkedIn for Jobseekers

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

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