• The PayScale Index is Cautiously Optimistic About Wages in Q2 2013

    After some minor dips in Q1 marred a nice run of rapid wage growth, it is with a cautious sigh of relief that we announce that the Q2 2013 PayScale Index comes bearing better news – for the most part.

  • Mayweather Repeats as Sports Illustrated 'Fortunate 50' Champ
    Cementing his spot at the top with a repeat performance, boxer Floyd Mayweather ruled Sports Illustrated’s “Fortunate 50” list of the highest-earning U.S. athletes for the second year in a row. On a list once dominated by Tiger Woods, Mayweather’s ascent resulted from a pair of big-money fights in 2011 and two more in 2012 that should net him over $90 million.
  • Out-of-the-ordinary Job Opportunities on LinkedIn [infographic]
    Just when you thought you've seen it all, LinkedIn released an infographic revealing ads featuring everything from ninjas to Antarctica to Diane von Furstenberg. If job hunting hasn't been promising lately, you may want to test your luck with these not-so-conventional opportunities that could possibly hold the key to your career success!
  • Coming Closer to Pay Parity for Women
    The Equal Pay Act outlawed employers from gender-discriminatory pay practices in 1963, but pay still isn't entirely equal. Now, legislation seeks to expand existing law to enact more protections against male-female pay disparities. Fed up, women are "leaning in" hard on this one, which means the Paycheck Fairness Act, twice rejected by Congress, might now stand a better chance of becoming law.
  • Do NFL Rookies Still Need Agents?
    Since the NFL and its players agreed to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in 2011, the landscape of rookie salaries has shifted dramatically, causing some to wonder if rookies even need agents anymore.
  • Money Buys You Infinite Happiness, Says Totally Un-Groundbreaking Study
    We all know the equation: more money subtracts stress and adds a peace of mind not afforded the cash-strapped working poor. In other words, money buys some measure of happiness. But a new study by the Brookings Institute suggests something more: that the wealthier you are, the happier you become. So, evidently, money buys you infinite happiness.
  • PayScale Presents CEO Pay in Perspective
    When you picture the lifestyle afforded to the CEO of a multinational company, you probably think expensive sports cars, corporate jets, and multimillion-dollar paychecks. No one said it was easy to run an empire, but the many perks awarded to various CEOs certainly help ease the stress.
  • The 5 Most Underpaid Jobs in America

    Money isn't everything, but it's easier to put up with a bad day at the office when you're not fretting about the bills. If you're contemplating a career change, then, you probably want to avoid jobs that pay less than they're worth.

  • Forget March Madness - Which School Will Win Salary Madness?
  • Who Will Win the College Salary Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl?

    How are you planning on spending January 1st? Maybe you'll eat piles of those delicious foods that you promise never to eat again (at least for the rest of the year). Or maybe you'll while away the first day of the new year with some football. After all, the first day of 2013 marks the beginning of the college bowl season.

    But what if the victor was chosen based on salary potential, rather than touchdowns? Who would win the first two contests, the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl?

  • How To Read Your Salary Report

    You already know that is the place to go to quickly generate a personalized Salary Report that tells you exactly how your total compensation compares to people like you. (And if you don’t know that, go complete your Salary Report right now.) You probably have even spent some time poking around and looking at the array of charts and lists contained on the report. But today we’re going to show you how to get the most out of that information.

  • 5 Step Salary Negotiation Guide

    Negotiating a new salary can be intimidating, whether you are asking for a raise or accepting a new job offer. The better prepared you are for the conversation, the more likely it is that you will get the salary you deserve. Arm yourself with an aresenal of information and read on for 5 tips for an easier salary negotiation. 

  • Wages for Food Service Workers Finally See Some Growth

    Nobody takes a job in food service expecting a huge salary – unless they’ve watched too many episodes of Top Chef. If you work in food service, it’s either because you have a passion for it or you’re biding time until you move into a different career (you know, like movie star).

  • 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 Living in an Expensive City Worth It?

    Low overhead isn't necessarily the only thing important thing about where you live. After all, you could live in a yurt made of recycled materials for free, but the plumbing might leave something to be desired. But what about when the cost of living becomes too much to bear? At what point do you say, hey, city, it's been great and all, but call me when my monthly rent is less than the total cost of my first car?

  • A Look at the Hispanic and Latino Labor Force in the U.S.

    In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a statistics spotlight on the Hispanic labor force in the U.S. Among other things, the article examined labor force participation, unemployment rates, education, country of birth, and employment projections. What it uncovered was a portrait of a growing and increasingly influential section of the population, as well as a clearer picture of the challenges facing Hispanics and Latinos in today's employment environment.

  • Think You're Underpaid? If You Have One of These 7 Jobs, You're Probably Right

    Everyone would like to be paid more. Complaining about how much you make is as much of a great American pastime as baseball. Perhaps more, since you don't need a ticket to the ballpark in order to join in on the fun.

    Some folks, though, are legitimately underpaid. U.S. News and World Report looked at 7 jobs with high (or at least medium) satisfaction ratings but low pay. "Low pay," in this case, was below the median salary of $41,673.83, as determined by the Social Security Administration. Significantly, all of these jobs are in high demand, which makes their low pay even more puzzling.

  • Should You Talk About Your Salary With Coworkers?

    Most people don't discuss how much they make, whether it's because they're afraid of hurting someone's feelings (including their own) or because their company has a policy against it. But a few companies are bucking that trend, opting for total transparency when it comes to paychecks -- with varying results.

  • 3 TV Star Salaries -- and What Their Characters Would Earn in Real Life

    TV Guide has an interesting roundup of TV star salaries, the angle being, "They just don't pay them like they used to." (Click for full list and awesome use of the Norma Desmond "the pictures got small" quote.) But before you shed a tear for the stars of your favorite shows, let's take a look at how much they're earning, compared to the characters they play.

  • Fewer

    If you compare today's workforce with the workforce of 30 years ago, several things stand out. We're better educated, with 34 percent of workers holding a college degree in 2010, as opposed to 19 percent of workers in 1979. We're older, thanks to a later retirement age and baby boomers who are continuing to work. And finally, and most depressingly, we're less likely to have a good job.