• Study Uncovers Summer Productivity Lull

    It's not just you that's sitting at your desk daydreaming about the beach instead of doing work: a study of 600 white-collar workers by Captivate Network revealed that during the summer, productivity drops a full 20 percent. This productivity lull persisted despite an array of policies like telecommuting, longer Monday-through-Thursday workweeks, and early arrival or departure.

  • PayScale Vying to Represent Seattle in National Social Media Competition

    PayScale has been duking it out in the American City Business Journals' Social Madness competition, and there are only a few more days of voting before they tally everything up and announce the winners for the Seattle round on July 17. There are a few different ways you can vote for PayScale -- vote for us on the Social Madness site under "medium companies"; like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter; or follow us on LinkedIn. You can do any or all of these. We'd sure appreciate the support.

  • Don't Mess With Texas, America's Top State for Business

    When you think of Texas, you probably think of oil, or cattle ranches, or barbecue. But maybe you should be thinking of business.

    The lone star state has topped CNBC's rankings for top states for business, beating out Utah and Virginia to claim the top spot for the third time since the annual study started six years ago.

  • 3 Internship Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    There's a reason so many experienced professionals look back on their internships and cringe. (You know, besides the unpaid labor and endless boring tasks.) For most people, their internship was the time in their career when they knew the least about how to work in an office -- and therefore, made plenty of mistakes.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Dating Strategies for Job Hunting, Suits for the Unemployed and How to Nail Your Follow Up Interview

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

  • What to Do When You've Accidentally Hugged Someone at Work

    Most of us would agree that we're not supposed to hug people at work. At worst, hugging could be construed as sexual harassment. At best, well, it's going to make people feel awkward.

  • FullContact Ups the Employee Perk Ante With $7,500 Vacation Policy

    Denver startup FullContact has an attractive strategy to woo and retain its team members. The company's vacation policy holds that each worker is entitled to a $7,500 vacation bonus on top of his or her typical salary. The only catch is that employees must fully go off the grid -- no checking work email, snooping around conference call recaps or other work-related activities. The practice is called "Paid, Paid Vacation."

  • Obama Administration Focuses on College Tuition ROI

    Is it important to go to college after high school? If so, how can we make college more affordable to prospective students? This week, the University of Washington hosted a town hall discussion on these questions and others related to higher education. PayScale attended to find out what we could learn about one of our favorite topics: college tuition return on investment (ROI).

  • As the Economy Rebounds, What Professionals Are Most Likely to Switch Jobs?

    Over the past five months, the U.S. economy has generated 1 million jobs; accordingly, more workers than ever may be preparing to look for more lucrative work. This infographic by Bizo explores the job types most likely to see major turnover as the economy continues to rebound and the job sectors in which workers will probably stay put.

  • Google to Pay Gay Employees More to Cover Health Benefits

    Tech giant Google has announced that it plans to pay its gay employees more. The extra wages will cover the cost of domestic partner health benefits, equaling an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay, according to MSNBC. The New York Times adds that this sum will amount to about $1,069 annually. What are the implications of this groundbreaking payroll decision?

  • You're Better Off Healing People Than Feeding Them [infographic]

    If you had to choose to wear a white coat or a white apron to work in the last six years, your bank account would probably have preferred the coat. According to PayScale’s Q2 2012 results from The PayScale Index, wages for jobs in healthcare outgrew wages in every other job category, while earnings in food service have barely risen 1 percent since 2006.

  • 10 Outrageous Resume Fails to Avoid

    We know that not every resume that lands on a hiring manager's desk will be a perfect one, but CareerBuilder recently ran a study of 2,298 hiring managers and uncovered some real-life resume fails that are so outrageous as to be downright ridiculous. We've picked our favorite resume mistakes from the survey and included them below. Suffice it to say these candidates stood out for all the wrong reasons.

  • Yoga Instructor Fired From Job at Facebook HQ for Policing Workers' Social Media Use

    Many group fitness instructors stave off digital distractions by asking class attendees to silence their cellphones, but yoga instructor Alice Van Ness was recently fired from her gig at the Facebook headquarters for doing just that.

  • Bad Hires Cost Companies $50,000 Apiece [infographic]

    How much does a bad hire actually cost companies? Nearly half of companies think that each bad hire costs at least $25,000, but one-fourth said that each actually cost them over $50,000, according to research from Vitamin T. This zombie-themed infographic outlines some of the costs bad hires rack up, including lost business, salary, benefits, recruiting, training and even legal action.

  • Houston Is Hotter Than You Think [infographic]

    How much has your income increased or decreased since 2006? Maybe you should have moved to make more cash. According to the Q2 2012 results from The PayScale Index, if you were living in Houston, Seattle or Dallas, you might be a little richer right now.

  • Lots of Money for College (No, Really!)

    College is more expensive than ever before, with many schools costing upwards of $200,000 for a four-year degree. What's a non-millionaire to do?

    How about find more money? Before you roll your eyes and continue sadly shaking your piggy bank, try these steps.

  • [E]nstitute Apprenticeships Help Young Workers Sidestep the College Route

    The innovative [E]nstitute apprenticeships aim to help young workers hone their entrepreneurial skills at startup businesses without setting foot in a traditional college classroom. The two-year, tuition-free program offers a small stipend and free housing; in exchange, program participants will work full-time at startups like, Betterment and Thrillist. They'll also attend lectures, complete writing assignments and attend dinners with [E]nstitute-vetted experts.

  • Hooray! Widespread Positive Wage Trends in Q2 2012

    When we say "Hip, hip" you say "Hooray!" if you'd like to help us celebrate some recent, happy wage trend news. While earnings in certain segments of the economy have been growing in the last few years, Q2 2012 marked the first quarter since the Great Wage Slump (circa 2009) that wages grew in every category tracked in The PayScale Index. Every one. Ready, "Hip, hip!" (Now, you go.)

  • Do Hairdressers Have the Most Secure Jobs in America?

    The Wall Street Journal recently profiled a job sector in which demand has been and continues to be strong: personal service jobs like hairdressers, nurse's assistants and housecleaners. What's driving this growth? Essentially, these are among the only positions in the U.S. that can't be automated or exported.

  • 5 More Extra-Smart Social Networking Tips

    By Sandy Jones-Kaminski

    In a previous blog post “5 Extra Smart Social Networking Tips,” I shared five of my top ten best social networking tips. In this post, I will tell you the last five.