When the Giants battle the Patriots, it's a big payday for the winning team's players. What about their fans? PayScale's career scoring system shows one team's supporters scoring better incomes, a higher quality of life and more employment opportunities.
Median, Annual Pay: The median pay is the national median (50th Percentile) annual total cash compensation for employees with 5-8 years of experience. Half the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less. It includes part-time workers, public sector employees, and does not filter based on education.
Total Cash Compensation (TCC): Total cash compensation combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings, such as overtime pay. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or value of other non-cashbenefits (e.g., healthcare).
Stress Grade: This curved grade is created by comparing the stress score from one city to the stress scores for all other cities. It is curved such that the median score receives a "C" grade.The stress score is calculated based on results from PayScale's survey. The five possible answers, ranging from "My job is relaxing" to "My job is extremely stressful," are given scores from 1-5, increasing with stress. A weighted average of the responses is taken to calculate the stress score. A "C" grade corresponds to somewhere between "my job is a little stressful" to "my job is fairly stressful."
Average, One-Way Commute Time: The average time, in minutes, it takes for respondents to travel either to or from work. For example, Boston’s average commute time of 31 minutes means 31 minutes each way, and 62 minutes daily.
Average Annual Vacation: The average number of days of vacation that employees in that town receive each year.
Unemployment Rate: The percentage of employable workers who are seeking, but have not found, jobs. The break down by city is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and can be found here: http://bls.gov/web/metro/laummtrk.htm.
The PayScale Index: A quarterly index determining controlled quarterly changes in pay based on the 2006 average. The Index values listed are the most recent, from Q4 2011. For example, New York has an index of 104.8. This means that in Q4 of 2011 wages were, on average, 4.8% higher than their 2006 average.
12 Month Index Change: This change in The PayScale Index from its value 12 months prior. New York's value of 0.3% means that wages grew 0.3% between Q4 2010 and Q4 2011.