• Student Loan Reform: It's About Time
    The national student debt now stands at more than $1 trillion. It marked the first time in U.S. history that college debt outnumbered credit card debt. A bill making its way through Congress aims to help Americans better deal with that burden of college debt.
  • The Taco That Created 15,000 Jobs

    If the government is looking for a way to keep adding jobs to the economy, maybe they should get into the taco business. Of course, it all depends on which taco: the Doritos Locos Taco, from Taco Bell, which debuted last year, is partly responsible for the addition of 15,000 new jobs, according to the restaurant chain.

  • Love 'Em or Hate 'Em: Top US Companies for Investors [infographic]

    There's a great deal of companies that are hated by consumers, yet loved by investors. It's a polar opposite dynamic that is at the base of this interesting Great Business Schools infographic.

  • Battling Underemployment in Today's Market

    The person who made your latte this morning likely holds a college degree that has nothing to do with being a barista. Nearly 13 percent of 18-29 year-olds can't find work. Even worse, nearly half of all American graduates in 2010 held jobs for which they were overqualified and underpaid. Put simply, they were underemployed. What exactly does it mean to be underemployed and what does that mean for your future?

  • The $99,000 Burrito

    The $99,000 Burrito

    When we have a team lunch to celebrate the latest site release, someone always suggests/insists upon going to Chipotle. Why? Because it's delicious, of course. Cilantro-lime rice is addictive, it would seem. According to this article from CBS, these tasty burritos can also be lucrative. So how are Chipotle employees earning the whole $99K enchilada?

  • Why It's Startup Time in America [infographic]

    People often like to hold out for the most ideal market conditions possible. Sometimes holding out can hurt you, though. Discover why entrepreneurs should jump at the opportunities available now for startups in this ProfitBricks infographic.

  • December Jobs Report Unsurprising, Strong Job Growth Not Expected in 2013

    Despite the economic uncertainty caused by the fiscal cliff, 155,000 jobs were added in December, which was on par for 2012 where the average number of monthly jobs added was 153,000. This monthly gain brought the year-end total of jobs created to 1.84 million. The unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised November number of 7.8 percent, which is the lowest it has been since December 2008.

  • Do You Live in One of the 10 Smartest Cities in North America?

    We know your city is pretty smart -- after all, you live there, don't you? But when Fast Company went looking for the smartest cities in North America, they were looking for more than the median IQ of the residents. They were looking at a combination of people, economy, environment, government, living, and mobility.

  • 5 Ways to Deal with Underemployment

    Many of us are familiar with unemployment, but how many of us understand what it is to be underemployed? When a person is underemployed, he or she is working at a level far below his or her skill set and experience. In today's economy, espcially for Gen Y workers trying to break into a full and competitive job market, underemployment is a valid concern. How can you deal with being underemployed?

  • Self-Gifting to Give Holiday Sales Figures a Boost

    Retailers are hoping that when you make your list of who's naughty and nice, you put yourself in the "nice" column ... and reward yourself with something from one of the pre-holiday sales.

  • Sperm Donors and Sugar Daddies: The New College Fund

    When I was in college, it wasn't uncommon to find me looking for clever ways to earn a quick buck. Many of my friends suggested plasma donation, which could have made me up to $200 richer, but I was too prissy for such things. This generation of college students might not be so squeamish. When it comes to paying for college, it could be that today's economy is forcing students and parents to get creative -- and a bit personal. 

  • Holiday Gift Budgets Reflect Sluggish Economy

    The dishes are clean, the leftovers are long gone, and holiday excitement is in the air. Today is Cyber Monday, the day many websites have their own Black Friday-esque deals and steals. With holiday gift giving on our minds here at the PayScale office, we wondered how budgets have changed since last year. Would our users be spending more on gifts this year?

  • 100 Best Jobs in America

    What makes a job great? Is it the salary you earn, the sense of meaning you feel from the work you do, or is it something else? PayScale teamed up with CNNMoney to create a list of the 100 best jobs in America. Read on to find out which jobs came out on top and why.

  • Election Stats: What You Earn vs. How You Vote [infographic]

    How much do Romney and Obama supporters typically earn? PayScale surveyed its users and found there there is a very specific pay range where the two candidates trade the lead: $75,000 - $100,000 per year.

  • Wages Are Rising: Time for Your Paycheck Checkup

    After quarter-upon-quarter of sad, recession-era wage news, we have something happy to tell you. According to the results of The PayScale Index for Q3 2012, we are two quarters into economy-wide wage increases for the first time since 2007.

  • Middle Income Workers Feeling the Crunch

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    It came up in the recent presidential debate several times, with Mitt Romney saying, “Middle-income Americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. This is a tax in and of itself. I'll call it the economy tax. It's been crushing.” Certainly, the Great Recession is to blame for a lot of the recent income decline for middle-class Americans, but a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) suggests that this decline is part of a much larger trend toward increasing income inequality.

  • Quantitative Easing: What Is It and How Does It Affect You?

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    Early in September, the Fed announced that they would be pursuing a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). There has been plenty of debate over how well the first two rounds performed and how this round is expected to perform, but I thought I would take the tack of trying to explain what quantitative easing is and how it affects the everyday American citizen.

  • BLS Report Indicates Spike in Layoffs

    The most recent jobless claims report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals a troubling trend: layoffs are up, and they're growing at rates we haven't seen since 2007.

  • Is Entrepreneurship the New 'Safe' Career?

    We've all heard the grim statistics about traditional first-year failure rates for small businesses, but in today's column for Inc., Erik Sherman argues that entrepreneurship can actually be more certain than traditionally "safe" jobs.

  • Threat to Teachers' Job Security Looms Large in Chicago Strike

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    The Chicago teachers’ strike is continuing to drag on and may spell trouble for the Obama campaign. The Obama connections are numerous—Chicago, unions, Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, just to name a few. But perhaps the biggest connection between Obama and this strike is what the teachers are fighting hardest—a teacher performance evaluation system based on student performance.