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  • 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?

  • Big Business, Gay Rights, and Rainbow Cookies

    This election season, there are few topics as controversial as gay marriage. President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality, and four states (Maine, Washington State, Minnesota, and Maryland) will put civil rights for gay couples on the ballot this November. It's no surprise Americans are talking about this hot topic, but now big business has joined in the conversation. 

  • Coursera Creates a Successful Global Higher Education Community

    Back in June, we introduced you to The free online educational site seems unstoppable as it takes the world of learning by storm with its “Education for Everyone” motto. Third-generation Ph.D. and Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller, recently gave a thought-provoking TED talk titled, “What We’re Learning from Online Education.” TED, a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” posts inspiring talks given by great thinkers and entrepreneurs, starting a global conversation, available to the world for free.

  • Help PayScale Spend $10,000

    What would you do if someone handed you $10,000 to donate to charity? What organizations are you most passionate about?

    These are the questions we at PayScale are asking ourselves as we continue to vie for the opportunity to win $10k in the American City Business Journals' Social Madness competition. Your votes helped us move forward this far in the contest, representing Seattle in the national competition, and now we're much closer to donating $10k to charity. Can you help us win and pick where the money will go?

  • The Cost of Watching the Olympics at Work: $650 Million

    The 2012 London Olympics have just gotten underway, but business owners are likely already feeling a productivity lull. Captivate Network estimates that the time employees waste by watching the Olympics at work could cost U.S. businesses $650 million. That blows the reported $175 million productivity loss due to March Madness out of the water.

  • Will the 2012 London Olympics Make Remote Working Mainstream?

    As the 2012 London Olympics kick off, we at PayScale are monitoring a storyline that has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with remote working. London businesses in nearly every sector are encouraging employees to work from home as much as possible during the two weeks of the Olympics to cut down on traffic. Will this citywide experiment finally make telecommuting mainstream?

  • 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.

  • It's Payday! Celebrate with a Paycheck Check-Up

    What could be more fun? It's Friday and payday - and the sun in shining in lots of places across the country. Are you ready to head out and goof around? That's great. Before you go, though, take a look at your paycheck and make sure that you like what you see.

  • A Yahoo Employee Answers the Question: Why Does Anyone Still Work at Yahoo?

    It's been kind of a rough couple of weeks, news-wise, for Yahoo. Back in April, the technology company laid off 2000 employees. Just this week, CEO Scott Thompson resigned amid allegations that he lied on his resume. Why would anyone still want to work there?

  • Do Men Really Earn More Than Women?

    Eighty cents on the dollar - that is the gender pay gap figure often quoted these days. It seems incredible that, in our modern world, such inequity in pay for male and female workers can exist. PayScale wanted to find out more about this figure and what we discovered is that "80 cents on the dollar" isn't accurate in most cases.

  • Go Geeks! PayScale at the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards

    We're not proud of it. Well, okay, maybe we are a little. Many of PayScale's employees are pretty geeky. We get excited about complicated board games and tech gadgets and send out emails with titles like, "Hot Prop to Test Cluster - Please Review." Say what?

  • May Day: Occupy Wall Street Protestors Plan 'A Day Without the 99 Percent' [infographic]

    Neither rainy weather, nor week-day morning malaise, nor taunts from passersby could dampen the spirits of Occupy Wall Street protestors, who declared this May Day a day of protest. Participants in 125 cities across the country met in streets, parks, and other public spaces to encourage people not to shop, work, or bank on May 1.

  • Michelle Obama and Stephen Colbert Celebrate the First Anniversary of Joining Forces

    Earlier this week, Michelle Obama appeared on "The Colbert Report" to celebrate the first anniversary of Joining Forces, a program that helps veterans find jobs. Stephen Colbert marked the occasion by training a veteran to be his replacement. (Sort of.)

  • How Do the Real Housewives' Pay Raises Stack up?

    "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" are getting a raise -- or at least, some of them are. Although Camille Grammar won't be returning to the series for season three, Kim Richards and Taylor Armstrong are sticking around, and getting a bit of extra cash for their trouble. How much cash, or should we say, how little, might surprise you.

  • 2012 Salary Madness: Can Alumni Salaries Predict the NCAA Champ?

    by Lydia Frank,

    There are endless methods for picking your March Madness brackets, but here at PayScale we've been compiling brackets for several years by taking a look at the typical salaries of the school's graduates to determine the outcomes of the matchups. And, in 2010, we were right -- Duke took it. (Yeah, we were surprised, too!)

  • How Much is Your Time Worth? What You Could Have Earned While Watching the 2012 Academy Awards®

    Last night, the 84th Annual Academy Awards® brought some of Hollywood's hottest names out to play. "The Artist" took the Best Picture award, while Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin were named Best Actress and Best Actor for their respective performances in "The Iron Lady" and "The Artist." Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony, and even the red carpet had a drama-filled moment as Sacha Baron Cohen played a prank on Ryan Seacrest.

    The 2012 Oscars® ceremony clocked in at just over three hours, and we couldn't resist crunching the numbers on what you could have earned in that time had you been at work instead of watching the awards on TV.

  • GE Ramps Up Hiring of Veterans Over Next Five Years

    General Electric has a long history of hiring military veterans. The company currently employs about 10,000 veterans and plans to hire another 5,000 over the next five years, as they expand their aviation operations.

    With veterans often facing challenges in networking as they move back into the private working world, any additional opportunties improve their employment outlook. Fortuntately, a recent study performed by PayScale shows that veterans have better than average technical skills. This works well with GE's plans to add aviation jobs in manufacturing, research and development.

  • Salaries Behind the Scenes at the Academy Awards®

    The most glamourous night in Hollywood has nearly arrived. The Academy Awards® will broadcast live from Los Angeles on February 26th. Amid chatter from entertainment world leaders, movie fans are debating their favorite nominees online. Even PayScale has been swept up in the excitement, offering our second annual "Behind the Scenes at the Academy Awards" salary data graphic.

  • Jeremy Lin Salary Potential vs. His Former Harvard Teammates

    Only 11 days into his starting status with the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin has been generating the kind of buzz a young NBA player only dreams about. While Lin has been breaking records and driving up NBA ticket prices, the press has been speculating on whether he can keep this streak going and become a top earner in the NBA.

  • Tech Jobs Obama Wants to Fill

    There's no secret that the tech industry is booming. In President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, he made note of this expanding job market, explaining he hears from "many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills. Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that – openings at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work.” If you're in college and beginning to consider a career, or thinking about switching your established career, consider a job in one of these well-paying tech-related fields.
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