Author: Alida Mooreston

Alida Mooreston is a freelance writer and editor based in North Carolina. For the last decade, she worked as a content marketer for various Seattle tech companies and loves writing about all things technology, data, healthcare, and more. In her free time, she enjoys baking fancy cakes and playing outside with her family.

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What makes a good boss? How to be a good manager and leader

Do you want to learn how to be a good boss? Here are seven attributes for what makes a boss good and how to develop them in yourself.

How to ask your boss for a raise

Asking your boss for a raise can be one of the most stressful conversations you will face in your career. How do you broach the topic? What words should you use? How much of a raise should you ask for? Finding answers to these questions might seem daunting, but we’re here to...
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How to ask for a raise when you are underpaid

Learn how to determine if you are underpaid—and if so, how to ask for a raise to bring your salary to a fair market rate.
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Do employers have to disclose pay ranges to job candidates?

In some states, employers are required to disclose salary ranges to job seekers. Which states and what does this mean for salary negotiation?

How to negotiate a higher salary after a job offer

You’ve been interviewing for months, and it finally happened: You received a job offer. Unfortunately, the salary is lower than you were expecting. What now? You need to know how to negotiate a higher salary after a job offer and we’re here to help. Asking for a higher starting salary can feel...
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What is the ROI of Compensation Management Software?

For your company to grow successfully, getting compensation right is an absolute must. According to Payscale’s 2020 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR), 71 percent of organizations said they either had a current compensation strategy or were developing one. There are many ways to approach compensation management. Hopefully your organization has a dedicated...
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How to Conduct a Compensation Analysis & Planning | Payscale

Do you know how to conduct a compensation analysis? In part one of our series on how to kick off a compensation project, we discussed how to know when it’s time to make adjustments to your organization’s compensation structure. We also offered strategies for getting management on board with a compensation strategy...
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What is Indirect Compensation and Why Does it Matter?

Confused about indirect compensation? Imagine this scenario: You have been tasked with staffing an important leadership position within your organization. You’ve found the ideal candidate for the job, the person who ticks every box and would bring more knowledge and skill to the position than you had hoped for. You make an...
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Generation Z Career Expectations and Motivations

It’s 2020 and Generation Z is the new generation of young professionals now joining the workforce. Members of Generation Z were born between 1996 and 2010, which means the oldest of them are now 24 years old and started to swell the lower ranks of the workforce in 2018. Currently, Generation Z...
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The History of the Equal Pay Act of 1963

“I am delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This Act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female...
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The MLK Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fight for Civil Rights with Pay Equity

Today, as our nation honors the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., we look back at his life and legacy. Many will listen to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and celebrate how far we’ve come since the days of government-sanctioned segregation. But, many more will look at the state of our...
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Mergers and Acquisitions in 2019 – Five Compensation Mistakes to Avoid

  The mergers and acquisitions trend continues with strong momentum in 2019. Companies like T-Mobile/Sprint, Keurig/Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Centene/Wellcare are all working to come together. When two companies merge, there is much to consider when it comes to structure vs restructure and compensation implications. As a compensation professional, an M&A means you...
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3 Ways to Prepare Your Employees for Retirement Readiness

One of the main talent challenges facing HR professionals today is the retirement readiness of their workers. The smartest HR professionals know preparing workers for retirement goes beyond establishing a 401(K) and engraving a gold watch as a token of gratitude for forty years of loyal service. Now more than ever, HR...
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4 Ways to Recruit and Retain Top Gen Z Talent

The newest group to enter the workforce is Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2015. According to a recent study, Gen Z will account for one quarter of the workforce in 2020. Naturally, today’s managers have questions about how best to work with and lead this new group of workers. How do...
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3 Non-Traditional Career Paths to Increase Employee Retention

Imagine you’ve gone back in time to 1979 and you are about to embark upon the first day of your career. You are likely starting an entry-level position and know exactly where you see yourself in five years because there is a clear career progression ahead of you. You are stepping on...
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How to Implement Proactive Pay Practices For Better Transparency

PayScale recently hosted our Equal Pay Day event and one of our discussion panels focused on proactive pay practices. Specifically, how can an organization better ensure their pay practices are balanced and fair to all employees, regardless of gender and race. The breakout session for proactive pay practices was hosted by Michaela...
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Fido Friday is Wagtastic

Tomorrow is Fido Friday at PayScale and the office will be full of four-legged coworkers. It’s basically the greatest day in the history of days. (Photo Model: Maizie, waiting patiently for TPS reports) One of the best parts about Life at PayScale is Fido Friday. On the first Friday of every month, PayScalers...
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Which Company has the Most Loyal Employees?

Gone are the days of working your entire career at one company and retiring with a gold watch and a champagne send-off. Today, the average worker spends an average of 3.68 years with a company.So which companies boast the employees with the longest tenure?   In our latest data package, we crunched...
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The Slideshow of Shattered Dreams

What does it mean to be underemployed? Simply put, it means you have the education for a higher level job than the job you currently find yourself working. According to NPR, over 22 million Americans are underemployed. How did they get there? PayScale’s new report examines the causes of underemployment, as well...
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3 Job Interview Tips from Miss Utah

There are few things worse in a job interview than fumbling for an intelligent answer to a question. Miss Utah learned this lesson the hard way during the Q&A portion of the Miss USA pageant. (We’re sorry, we mean Miss USA Scholarship Program.) The Question  “A recent report shows that in 40...
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Female Senators Get a New Bathroom

Is it really progress for women in the workplace when we are celebrating larger restrooms in 2013? Women Senators think so, according to this report. While we are happy for their new, shorter wait for the bathroom, we wonder when we will be able to celebrate larger victories for working women. In...
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Do Your Eating Habits Make Your Co-Workers Want to Punch You in the Face?

Picture this: it's lunchtime and the office kitchen is crowded with people using the microwave. The smells start to aggregate. A Lean Cuisine here. Leftover lo mein there. Then, before anyone can intervene, some fool coworker commits the biggest offense of all: he or she reheats last night's trout dinner. For the...
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Sperm Donors and Sugar Daddies: The New College Fund

When I was in college, it wasn't uncommon to find me looking for clever ways to earn a quick buck. Many of my friends suggested plasma donation, which could have made me up to $200 richer, but I was too prissy for such things. This generation of college students might not be...
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Keep Gen Y from Running for the Door

Many employers complain that their youngest workers are the fastest to leave. But what makes Gen Y so quick to bolt? Are they lazy or is it that they are just unchallenged? According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, the top young performers leave their jobs, on average, after the...
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Election Stats: How Education Level Affects the Vote

By Alida Moore, PayScale.com Do Ph.D.s vote differently from MBAs? We surveyed PayScale's users about their education level and voting preference to find out.
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5 Majors That Pay the Least: A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Cinderella who skipped the ball to go to college. She dreamed of earning a fat salary to finally buy some nicer clothes. She just didn't know what major to choose. With no fairy godmother to guide her, Cinderella majored in child and family...
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Where The Big Bucks Are: 6 Top Colleges by Region

Will studying on sunny beaches lead to a high salary? In PayScale's 2012-2013 College Salary Report, we found out which college in each region of the U.S. offered its graduates the best shot at a high paycheck. If you are trying to decide between a New England autumn or mountain skiing between...
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Election Stats: Romney Wins with Highest Earning Women

In today's edition of PayScale Election Stats, we surveyed users to find out if support of a particular candidate changes for men and women depending on how much they earn. Our data on this topic was stark. Read on for the break down of candidate support by gender and income.  When it...
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Election Stats: Obama Winning With Women

PayScale surveyed our users to find out which candidate appeals most to each gender. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama was popular among women, receiving 56 percent of their votes, according to exit poll data. Does he carry the support of women voters today? It's the battle of the sexes, election-style.  According to...
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Fancy Liberal Arts Colleges Can Pay Off

If you're considering going to college, do the words "liberal arts college" make tuition dollars dance before your eyes? While the're known for being high dollar, PayScale's 2012-2013 College Salary Report has found that some liberal arts colleges make up for their top tuition in top post-gradaute earnings. PayScale looked at over 1,000...
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Fight for Your Right to… Facebook?

Have you checked out PayScale's "Gen Y On The Job" report yet? If so, you might have noticed the different polls on each page of the report, questions about job perks and social media use. One question received over 1,400 responses. Which question was it and how did the results break down?...
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Election Stats: Voters by Industry [infographic]

Joe the Plumber was a fixture in the 2008 election, but how will he — and other workers in the construction industry — vote this year? PayScale surveyed our users to find out which industries are leaning left and which are leaning right.  Plumbers and other construction industry workers seem to heavily favor...
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Best Majors for Making Money [infographic]

My childhood plans for my life were simple: go to college, become Princess Leia, get married, and then drive around the country in an RV with my grandmother and my dalmatian, drinking orange juice. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered Texas A&M University did not have a Space Princess major — not...
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The Wage Gap: Binders Full of Data

One of the hottest topics to come out of last night’s second presidential debate is equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace, especially the gap in pay between male and female workers. We at PayScale are always glad to hear people discussing the wages, so we consulted our binders… ah-hem,...
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Election Stats: Nurses and Doctors Pick the President

When it comes time to vote in November, will doctors and nurses choose to re-elect President Obama, or will they throw their support to Romney instead? PayScale surveyed its users and found that registered nurses skew slightly toward Romney, while doctors are more likely to vote for Obama. While we can't say...
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Election Stats: Jobs Skills Compared — Obama Voters vs. Romney Voters [infographic]

What are the most common job skills among Obama and Romney supporters? PayScale surveyed its users and found that Obama voters are more likely to be sticklers for grammar, while Romney voters would be the ones who could fix broken equipment.  Romney supporters are also more likely to understand surgical coding, plan...
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Does Physical Fitness Lead to Career Success?

Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan made headlines after he claimed to have run a marathon in "under three [hours], high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something". Runner's World discovered his actual marathon time was 4:01:25. Now, most runners will tell you it is highly unlikely a marathoner would forget his or her...
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Marissa Mayer’s Maternity Leave Maddens the Masses

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, and her husband welcomed their son to the world on Sunday night. Instead of offering congratulations, the blogosphere is all fired up because Mayer plans to return to the office as early as next week, taking what might be the shortest and most public maternity leave this...
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Big Business, Gay Rights, and Rainbow Cookies

This election season, there are few topics as controversial as gay marriage. President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality, and four states (Maine, Washington State, Minnesota, and Maryland) will put civil rights for gay couples on the ballot this November. It's no surprise Americans are talking about this hot...
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Top 10 Party Schools of the Past Decade: A Comparison by Salary

Attend a traditional party school and you could learn many valuable life lessons. “Beer is hydrating.” “Staying up all night drinking coffee and eating Pop-Tarts improves critical thinking.” But the lesson nobody ever teaches is that attending a party school will get you ahead in life. Colleges where afternoon classes and bad...
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College Choice: An Economist’s View [video]

For many high school students, the idea of choosing a college and a major can be more stressful than finding a date for Homecoming or accidentally wearing a prom dress that highlights armpit sweat. (That last bit is entirely hypothetical and definitely not something that happened to this author in Texas, 1999.)...
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Want to “Make Memories” at College? Pick a Party School That Pays [infographic]

Psst… hey, high school students. Come closer for a secret your parents don’t need to hear. Remember that party school you’ve been eyeing, the one with 24/7 ragers and beer pong tournaments? Turns out that a degree from that institution could lead to a high-paying job after graduation. In our recent 2012-2013...
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2nd Annual Cintas and Carhartt Cold Crew Contest

Winter is coming. The leaves are changing color and coffee shops everywhere are selling pumpkin spiced everything, a sign of shorter days and chillier weather. If you are an office worker, the drop in temperature means bundling up for the daily commute. If you work outdoors, winter means much more. How do...
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Coursera Creates a Successful Global Higher Education Community

Back in June, we introduced you to Coursera.org. The free online educational site seems unstoppable as it takes the world of learning by storm with its “Education for Everyone” motto. Third-generation Ph.D. and Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller, recently gave a thought-provoking TED talk titled, “What We’re Learning from Online Education.” TED, a nonprofit...
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Under Pressure: Job Stress in the Tech World

Go to dinner with a group of friends in the tech industry and the conversation will often turn into an argument about who is the most stressed out. The competition is fierce, like a good old-fashioned pie eating contest, because in both cases the winner is rewarded with heartburn, nausea, and stomach...
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Help PayScale Spend $10,000

What would you do if someone handed you $10,000 to donate to charity? What organizations are you most passionate about? These are the questions we at PayScale are asking ourselves as we continue to vie for the opportunity to win $10k in the American City Business Journals' Social Madness competition. Your votes helped us move...
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Recent Grads Offer Advice for Job Seekers [video]

Here's a fun prank to play on the recent college graduate in your life. Ask if he or she has found a job yet. Then watch the panic attack, tremors, and weeping set in. With unemployment rates at a record high, the job market for new graduates is competitive and prospects may...