• IT Careers - Database Administrator

    Name: Chris
    Job Title: Junior Database Administrator
    Where: Chicago, IL - USA
    Years of Experience: 1
    Other Relevant Experience: Worked at same company for five years, in other department.
    Education: I'm finishing up my Bachelor's in Computer Science and I have a Liberal Arts BA.
    Annual Salary: Curious about IT salaries? Use PayScale's Research Center to find a database administrator salary by employer and database administrator salary by experience.

    IT Careers - Database Administrator

    After the bursting of the "IT bubble" in the late nineties, people were asking, "how stable is an IT career?" But current data suggests that an escalating number of IT jobs are available for the picking. In fact, many of the best compensated IT jobs are with companies that have emerged from the dot-com crash as industry leaders. Just take a look at the company salary data for Yahoo and employee compensation data for Google.

    In this Salary Story, we'll take a look at one of the hottest IT jobs available: database administrator. Database administrator careers are forecasted to be one of the fastest growing careers in the next decade. In the following interview, Chris, a junior database administrator, shares how he landed an entry-level IT job and offers advice on how to break into the field.

  • Web Designer Salary - Consultant

    Name: Wayne
    Job Title: Web Designer/Consultant
    Where: Vancouver, BC - Canada
    Current Employers: Goldrea  Resources Inc. Molycor Gold Corp., Rocher Deboule Minerals Corp., Adanac  Molybdenum Corp.
    Years of Experience: 5
    Education: Computer programming degree, multimedia design certificate, and master's degree.
    Other Relevant Experience: 15 years data processing.
    Annual Salary: What is the yearly salary for a web designer? See PayScale's Research Center for the starting salary for a web designer and to research more web designer career opportunities.

    Web Designer Salary - Consultant

    At one moment or another, everyone has dreamed of becoming their own boss. While it is certainly possible, some professions are more suitable than others when it comes to working from home.  If you're a police officer, chances are you won't be setting up shop from a home office any time soon. However, if you're involved in creative design or consulting, becoming your own boss may be more feasible.

    This salary story tells the career biography of a web site designer who provides web consultancy services to multiple businesses. As his own boss, Wayne only has one complaint - he has to boss himself around. But it's not all that bad considering that he not only sets his own hours, but also earns a decent web designer salary.

  • A Writer's Salary: Technical Writing Careers

    Name: Anonymous
    Job Title: Technical Writer, Information Architect
    Where: Syracuse, NY
    Years of Experience: 10+
    Other Relevant Experience: Program Director, AMI-NYS; Communications Coordinator, Rural Housing Coalition; Multimedia Designer, RPI; Technical Support, Berkshire Online; Volunteer work: designing, writing, laying out newsletters, brochures, and web pages; Organizing and managing information for distribution to external sources
    Education: BA in English, Chapman Univ.; BA in Psychology, Chapman University; MS in Communication and Rhetoric, RPI; Graphics certificate, RPI; Human Factors training, RPI; Training courses in Java, DB design and management
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find the best technical writing fields for high technical writing salaries

    In the current job market, those interested in professional writing have a wide range of career options to explore. Writing continues to become a more and more specialized trade, in correlation with rapid technological advances and the increased demands of varying industries. Not only does this advancement mean more jobs for writers, but increased specialization can also mean higher salaries. If you're searching for the highest paying writer's salary, technical writing careers are a good place to start. 

    Our tour guide for this Salary Story is a professional technical writer with over 10 years of experience in the field. You'll get a detailed, first-hand explanation of technical writing as our guide describes several examples of technical writing assignments. After reading this inside look at a technical writing career, find out how technical writing salaries compare to the salary range for grant writer jobs and copy writer salaries.

  • IT Business Analyst Career Summary

    Name: Connie Wirtanen
    Job Title: IT Business Analyst
    Where: St. Paul, MN
    Employer: US Bank
    Years of Experience: 16
    Education: Cardinal Stritch University, Minnesota State - Mankato
    Relevant Work Experience: Business Analyst, Functional Analyst, Software Support, Accounting Manager, Accountant
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Resource Center to find the median salary of business analyst, to review IT salary survey data, and to find salaries for accounting/auditing careers

    Have you ever been referred to as a god at work? IT Business Analyst Connie Wirtananen has. While this is probably an exaggeration, it does convey the impact an IT Business Analyst can have in creating overall business efficiency. Similar to an auditing career or accounting job, an IT Business Analyst closely examines company details. But rather than looking for financial faux pas, an IT Business Analyst investigates problems that occur within business systems. Once these problem areas have been identified, a Business Analyst recommends IT solutions to help the company achieve its goals.

    The following business analyst career summary is only one example of many job options available to those interested in information technology. Check out IT salaries by industry to explore IT salaries within business or health care fields. Also, if you're wondering how international IT positions compare, check out PayScale's India IT salary report.

    IT Business Analyst Job Description:
    Connie: I serve as am expert for assigned functional applications, support development of business impact analysis categories and perform ongoing IT maintenance. I provide project and release support, including research, business analysis, test plan construction, test case construction, test execution, issue resolution and status reporting related to application changes. I also interface with internal and external resources to ensure successful completion of testing in accordance with the needs of project sponsors and stakeholders.

    PayScale: How did you get started as an IT Business Analyst?
    Connie: A friend thought I should leave the accounting world and join the IT world. It was the best career move I ever made. Being an IT Business Analyst, I get to apply my interest in technology to create visible results within my company.

  • Document Management Administrator - Premera Blue Cross

    Name: Tami Bevan
    Job Title: Document Management Administrator
    Where: Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Employer: Premera Blue Cross
    Years of Experience: 16
    Education: BS in Visual Communications from Western Washington University, Certified Forms Consultant certification from DMIA (Document Management Industries Association), Certified Form Systems Consultant certification from BFMA (Business Forms Management Association), and ongoing training through BFMA's annual symposium, web seminars, and chapter programs.
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Resource Center to research salary information for the Document Management industry, and find related career information, including Medical Coder salary and Information Technology Specialist salary.

    Do you have a knack for organization? Are you constantly looking to improve efficiency in business processes and information storage? If so, check out our interview with Tami Bevan, a Document Administrator for Premera Blue Cross. Tami's job is to help maintain Premera's vast network of information using specialized methods of document management. Simplifying the retrieval of information from such a huge library is no easy task, but if you're looking for a challenging job that plays a key role in business operations, don't miss Tami's advice on how to enter the forms management field. To find out more, see PayScale's salary data for the Document Management industry.

    Document Administrator Job Description:
    Tami: Document Administration is the Premera department that maintains information on all forms, sales collateral, business papers (letterheads, envelopes, and mailing labels) and communications for the company. Document Administration involves managing the life cycle of documents. The Document Administration department centrally manages print procurement, but we track and report on printed and posted documents for the company as well.

    PayScale: How did you get started in Document Management?
    Tami: I grew up with parents in the printing industry who pushed me towards my college degree. After college I got involved with the BFMA (Business Forms Management Association) that taught me about the disciplines of document management, also known as forms management.

  • Technology Coordinator Salary

    Name: Marcie T. Hull
    Job Title: Technology Coordinator
    Where: Philadelphia, PA
    Employer: Science Leadership Academy (School District of Philadelphia)
    Years of Experience: 7
    Education: Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median technology coordinator salary.

    Technology Coordinator Salary

    For readers who are interested in a technology coordinator salary and want to learn about a technology coordinator job description, this Salary Story is the place to log on! We spoke to school technology coordinator Marcie T. Hull who told us about information technology coordinator positions and more.

    She covered information technology coordinator duties, the outlook for technology coordinator jobs and different technology coordinator job descriptions (Marcie is also a teacher). Whether you want to make a change in your career or add some skills (and salary) to your present job, this interview is a must-click!

  • Nuclear Engineer Salary

    Name: Michael Flagg
    Job Title: Nuclear Engineer (Reactor Service)
    Where: Columbia, Missouri
    Employer: University of Missouri - Columbia
    Years of Experience: 1.5
    Education:B.S. Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri - Rolla
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median nuclear engineer salary, and compare it to petroleum engineering salaries.

    Nuclear Engineer Salary

    How much money does a nuclear engineer make? You may be hearing that question more and more as the U.S. considers going back to nuclear power. Even now, nuclear engineers are in demand as we found out in this Salary Story with Michael Flagg.

    In our chat, he covered nuclear engineer college, a nuclear engineer's necessary skills, the future of nuclear engineers in the market place, factors than can affect a nuclear engineer salary, as well as earnings and advancements of a nuclear engineer. This interview is charged with info!

  • IT Project Manager Salary Survey

    Name: Don Spencer
    Job Title: IT Project Manager
    Where: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Employer: Self-Employed - Consulting
    Years of Experience: 24
    Education: Hons.B.A. (History & Philosophy, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), M.A. (History, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a project manager.

    IT Project Manager Salary Survey

    Do you enjoy computers, managing projects and all things 2.0? Then you may want to consider a career as an IT project manager. If you don't know what the job description for IT project manager professionals is, then this Salary Story will fill in the missing data.

    We recently interviewed IT project manager Don Spencer who gave us the inside scoop on career paths for IT project managers and a realistic IT project manager job description. If you want more info on the average salary of a project manager, you can also check out our IT project manager salary survey. Take a moment to log on to this interesting career!

  • Computer Technician Career

    Name: Mike Petry
    Job Title: Computer Technician
    Where: Southern California
    Employer: Pacific Boat Trailers/Self
    Years of Experience: 23
    Education: Some College / Self Taught (A+ Cert)
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salary for a computer technician

    Computer Technician Career

    For those interested in a computer technician career, the job outlook for computer technicians (and other techies) seems bright. A computer technician's starting salary will vary depending on many factors, including location, experience, and certifications earned. However, regardless of starting salary, a computer technician career offers high growth potential. With that in mind, we recently spoke to computer technician Mike Petry about the average salary for a computer technician, the job description of a computer technician, a computer technician starting salary, and computer technician qualifications.

    In addition to all his "teching," Mike also writes a blog about his computer technician career called "CRS-Caffeinated and Requiring Sugar" at If you're wondering about computer technician starting salaries, the average salary for computer technician professionals, or how to embark on a computer technician career, don't miss this interview with a self-made pro.

  • Salaries for Web Designer

    Name: Dave LaFlam
    Job Title: Owner, Freelance Web Designer/Slackbax Media
    Where: Santa Monica, CA
    Years of Experience: 5+
    Salary: $40,000 - $80,000
    Employer: Self
    Education: BFA

    Web Designer Job Description:

    The job of a web designer is to build web sites for clients (I also maintain web sites if clients call for that service) using HTML, CSS, Flash, ActionScript, Javascript and PHP. I also do consulting, re-designs and monthly updates. As a freelance web designer, I build/create micro-sites, perform platform testing (MAC & PC), test browsers on sites, as well as incorporate interactive and ecommerce elements. I also equip web sites for video/audio streaming (Quicktime, FLV) podcasting, blogs and more.

  • Craig Newmark: Craigslist Founder and Customer Service Guru

    Name: Craig Newmark
    Job Title: Customer Service Rep and Founder of craigslist
    Where: San Francisco, CA
    Years of Experience: 30
    Salary: Top Secret (See PayScale's Average Customer Service Salary)
    Employer: Self

    Customer Service Job Description:

    I perform specialized customer service functions, including fighting online scams. I also talk to the press as required. Jim (Buckmaster) is a much better manager than me, but I'm really good at customer service and customer feedback. It helps me maintain the spirit of craigslist, and shows that we're committed.

  • You want to be a President

    -- Started, but couldn't finish before bed-time...
    --  Adam
    Have you ever wondered how much a president makes? Over dinner, someone recently asked me how much I thought The President of the US made.  I had no idea, so I referred to my old friend: Wikipedia.  There I learned that the President's salary is $400,000 per year. Then I started wondering how much other types of presidents made.