• 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.

  • Men’s Wages Fight Back [infographic]

    During the recession, plenty of people's wages dropped or stagnated, but how was that experience different for men versus women? It turns out that, overall, men’s wages plummeted further and faster than women’s during the toughest years of the recession, but they have since regained strength more quickly than women's.

  • 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.)

  • These Part-Time Jobs Pay up to $40 an Hour

    Looking for a part-time job that really pays the bills? You're not alone. Just about 8 million Americans work part time, either because they can't find full-time work or because they like the hours. The goal, of course, is to find a gig that pays decent money while still allowing workers a flexible -- or at least reduced -- schedule.

  • Interns at Facebook Make $74,000 a Year

    It's nice to know that someone is making money off of Facebook. Shares might be plummeting, but it's still a pretty lucrative gig for the people who work there, and it's not just Mark Zuckerberg and other high-ranking folks who are pulling down the cash.

  • If You Think CEOs' Salaries Are Outrageous, Look at Their Perks

    Hey, want to get really mad? CEOs of big companies make 6 percent more than they did a year ago, according to research by executive compensation data provider Equilar for the Associated Press. And as if that weren't enough, the value of their perks has increased 2 percent, to $161,337 annually, or roughly elevendy-bajillion times more money than you made this year in pure salary.

  • Teachers' Salaries Are All Over the Board

    How much should a teacher make? As with all academic questions, the answer is, "It depends."

    A recent news item from the Bennington Banner caught our eye, because it so perfectly encapsulated the issues around teachers' pay: "Art Teacher's Salary Sparks Board Debate," it read. Within, we found the usual debate on hiring teachers: should the Bennington, Vermont school board go for an experienced teacher, with numerous accolades and years of specialization, or pick a less senior, much cheaper teacher -- for a potential salary savings of $30,000?

  • Recent College Grads Making Less -- Even Post-Recession

    The Great Recession might be over, but you couldn't prove it by college grads, according to a recent study by The Conference Board.

  • How Much Money Do You Need to Be Happy in Your City?

    The best things in life might be free, but you couldn't prove it by one study. The research, which was conducted by The Center for Health and Well-being at Princeton University, found that happiness rises until people make $75,000 a year, and then it levels off.

  • Is This Really the End of Unpaid Internships?

    Many of us got a little twinge of glee on reading the story of Diana Wang, the former Harper's Bazaar intern who sued The Hearst Corporation for unpaid wages.

  • Best Jobs for Wage Growth [infographic]

    If you're thinking about changing jobs -- and in this economy, who isn't? -- you might want to zero in on those fields where wages have grown the most over the past few years.

  • Is a Mom Really Worth Over $100,000 a Year?

    A recent survey by Salary.com found that a mom's monetary worth to the family is $112,962 per year. But is that an accurate representation of how much a mom's labor is worth? Should we even be trying to quantify what mothers do in terms of dollars and sense?

  • Entertainment Executive Salaries: How Much Do the CEOs of Viacom, CBS, Disney and More Earn vs. Employees?

    The Hollywood Reporter recently published a list of entertainment executive salaries, revealing once and for all what the CEOs of companies like Disney, Viacom, CBS and Discovery earn. While salaries aren't quite as sky-high as they were before the recession, these Hollywood moguls are still bringing in some serious cash. Here are some earnings highlights from the THR piece, followed by PayScale data on the average wages for employees at each parent company.