• 5 Reasons Why Coding Is a Kid’s Wildest Dream

    Kodable aims at providing children with the tools and resources needed to help them build the knowledge necessary to pick up on any programming language later on in life. But what's so great about coding?

  • Can Your Personality Type Determine Your Salary Potential? [infographic]
    Personality tests like the Myers-Briggs can tell us a lot about ourselves: our comfort with crowds, our preference for certain types of activities, even which careers to pursue. But can knowing your Myers-Briggs type tell you how much money you're going to make?
  • Which School Has the Crankiest Students?

    Here's an idea for our next iteration of the College Salary Report: schools with the most disgruntled students. After reading this post on Jezebel, we'd definitely have to include Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. One of their students wrote one of the more bananas emails we've ever seen and sent it to his classmates:

  • Cash in on Odd Jobs [infographic]
    If you find yourself hating the minutiae of your boring, everyday job, then why not try your hand out at one of these odd jobs that surprisingly bring home the bacon.
  • Great Recession Is Great Downer for Generation Z

    You could say members of Gen Z are pragmatic. They grew up after 9/11. They’ve seen reports of school violence and the fallout of the Great Recession. They’re more aware of troubling times, and as a result, they’ll be wary with their money, according to this Forbes article. So why so gloomy?

  • 3 Finance Tips From The Undead
    Ever notice how vampires, in monster lore, are wealthy, cunning and hold positions of power while their undead cousins, zombies, wander around aimlessly with no achievements to speak of? FinancesOnline.com has a few lessons to impart to the walking dead from the more fiscally savvy Transylvanian bloodsuckers.
  • NFL Players Earn More in a Day than You Earn in a Year
    Our society seems generally content with elite professional athletes earning millions more than the average worker. If an athlete can get paid to play adult recess at a high level, good for them. Who wouldn’t want to make loads of money to throw a ball or shoot a puck?
  • What's Trending on Twitter - Royal Baby, Nelson Mandela, and Justin Bieber
    This week's Twitter roundup recaps three trending topics that have caused quite a buzz: #RoyalBaby, #NelsonMandela, and #JustinBieber. Read on to find out how the above trending hashtags relate to returning to work after having a baby, being a better leader, and how Justin Bieber's salary makes yours look like chump change. Sorry.
  • Which States Are Richer: Dog States or Cat States?

    Most people will tell you, with very little prompting, whether they're dog people or cat people. What they don't mention, and probably never think about, is whether where they live has any relationship to their preference. That's right, thanks to a recent BuzzFeed article, we know there are dog states and cat states. Which made us wonder, which states are richer, states that believe dog is man's best friend, or states that worship felines?

  • 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!
  • 5 Lessons from Tabatha Takes Over
    To some people, Tabatha Coffey is a demonic elf who enjoys berating hardworking hairdressers for their sloppy work and poor attitude. To others, she's more like the elfin queen who has the magical ability to pull a failing business back from the brink.
  • What's a Real Housewife Worth?
    According to Insure.com's yearly Mother's Day Common Task Index, the 2013 market value of a housewife is $59,862. That includes $6,570 for cooking, $5,135 for cleaning and $1,606 for shopping. Of course, none of that applies if you're a "real" housewife from Orange County, Atlanta or New York, except maybe the shopping part. Okay Magazine recently published the salaries of TV's Real Housewives and the figures are as outrageous as the ladies themselves.
  • Rodgers Megadeal of $22 Million Tops NFL Paychecks ... For Now
    In a game of high-dollar leap frog, NFL quarterbacks are cashing in and one-upping each other to monstrous pay days. The latest market-setting contract extension belongs to Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, superstar signal-caller, who has hopped his way to the top of the list, for now.
  • 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.
  • Equal Pay Day Is Misleading

    For those of you who are interested in gender pay gaps, you likely know today (April 17th) is Equal Pay Day. This date "symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011," according to the National Committee on Pay Equity.

    However, this statement is misleading and construes the facts about gender pay differentials. Yes, it is true that the average pay of female workers is less than the average pay of male workers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), median full-time female workers' pay is only 81 percent of median full time male workers' pay.

    The issue with these generic statements is they do not control for differences between the two genders that can account for much of this pay gap. Together with the New York Times Economix blog, PayScale took a deep dive into gender pay differentials to see what differences do exist once you control for outside factors. Continue reading after the break to see what we found.

  • Talking Points for Republican Primaries in Michigan and Arizona

    The Republican primaries in Arizona and Michigan take place on February 28th. In trying to win over the primary voters, the candidates will need to address economic concerns of each state's residents. Here at PayScale, we researched the economic "health indicators" of each state by examining wage trends, labor demand and unemployment.

    What did we find? It can be summed up in two statements:

    1. Don't just blame Obama -- The economic health indicators in both Michigan and Arizona have shown significant improvement in recent quarters and thus spending time criticizing President Obama's economic policies may not impress local populations.
    2. Promote a vision -- A better approach would be to highlight recent successes and present a plan for increasing them at a better and faster rate. Namely, the candidates should focus on how they would continue to bring jobs to the area and improve local economies.

    Continue reading after the break if you want more details on the economic health indicators we researched.

  • Romney Earned 500 Times the Average Worker in 2010

    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax returns yesterday and America learned he paid an effective tax rate of 15 percent on $21.6 million of income. Slate took this information and put an interesting spin on it: "How long would it take the GOP candidate to earn what you made in a year?" It allows you to compare your own annual income to Romney's.

    Being the salary experts we are at PayScale.com, we decided to take some common American jobs and utilize the calculator on Slate's article to show the disparity between Mitt and the average American worker. In addition, using the tax rate calculator provided by CPA Site Solutions, we will also show the estimated effective tax rates paid by these average American workers.

    Are you an average American worker and wondering if you are earning what you are worth? Find out with a free PayScale Salary Report.

  • Trends in US Wages: The PayScale Index

    Today we launched our fifth release of The PayScale Index, which tracks changes in the price of labor since 2006. And for the first time since 2008, wage increases are being seen across the board.

    Previously, wage growth winners were typically in just high-tech and energy industries, while workers in most other industries experienced no growth or even a loss in wages. However, the tides have turned as even workers in previously failing industries, such as construction and manufacturing, are seeing wage increases.

    In this post I will look deeper into the wage trends experienced by different industries, job families and cities. These wage trends are useful for individuals to understand how overall market prices for broad labor markets are changing on average, but they won't define your individual market price. To find out what you are worth given your job title, experience level, educational background and numerous other factors, take the comprehensive PayScale Salary Survey.

  • CEO Pay vs. Typical Worker Pay

    We recently released an insightful bit of data that looks at the ratio of pay for Fortune 50 CEOs to the pay of employees at their respective companies. The results are unsettling -- on average the Fortune 50 CEOs earn 213 times more than their workers.

    Who tops the list for the biggest ratio and which CEO earns pay closest to their employees? See the answers below...

  • Trends in Tips

    Trends in Tips

    Tips are a way of life for many service industry jobs. In fact, for some jobs tips make up over 50 percent of a worker's total take-home pay. During tough economic times these workers often suffer from a decrease in their tips, both due to a decrease in consumerism and to a decrease in generosity.

    This is exactly what we found in our Tipping Study in 2009 -- the year after the beginning of The Great Recession, tips on average fell. However, the opposite is often true during good times. Tips rise as consumers feel their budgets loosen, causing both an increase in consumerism and a potential increase in generosity.

    Today PayScale released our sixth annual Tipping Study, which highlights over 90 jobs that receive tips, the typical amount of these tips, the percent of total take-home pay from tips and the frequency of tips.

    Do you work in a job where pay is dominated by tips and curious about how your pay compares to others like you? Find out with a free PayScale salary report.

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