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Pay Equity

PAY EQUITY Do you know what pay equity means for an organization? We’ve compiled all of the relevant information for you here so you can stay informed on all of the latest in pay equity, the gender pay gap, pay transparency and much more. FEATURED   GENDER PAY GAP   What are...
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Why ESG Policies Matter for Gender Equality at Work – Webinar On-Demand

Why ESG Policies Matter for Gender Equality at Work Webinar Recording More and more, we’re seeing studies on gender inequality showing how 1) pay equity, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and 3) economic, social, and governance (ESG) policies are interconnected. The results of these studies highlight the increasing demand for companies...
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Navigating Remote and Hybrid Workforces – Webinar On-Demand

Panel: Navigating Remote and Hybrid Workforces Webinar Recording There is still so much uncertainty for HR and comp teams when it comes to planning, supporting, recruiting, retaining, and compensating flexible and hybrid workforces. The best way to gain confidence in these areas is with strong data and answers to your questions. Join...
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Payscale Continues Growth Trend Through Acquisition of Pay Equity Analysis and Compensation Management Software Leader, CURO

Today, Payscale, Inc., the leading provider of compensation data, software and services, has acquired CURO Compensation Ltd. (CURO), a global leader in pay equity and compensation management technology.
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How To Compensate Remote and Hybrid Workforces – Webinar On-Demand

How To Compensate Remote and Hybrid Workforces Webinar Recording While the recent surge in remote work was due to a global pandemic, it seems that for many organizations it is here to stay. Whether it be fully remote or a hybrid situation, there is a lot to think about when it comes...
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Job Descriptions and the Future of Work – Webinar On-Demand

Job Descriptions and the Future of Work Webinar Recording Work is changing, whether we’re ready for it or not. Business disruption has already changed the way we work today but technology will change the way we work tomorrow. Are you prepared? To survive, we need to adapt. Adapt our thinking, our processes,...
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Reversing the Here’s Your Budget Conversation – Webinar On-Demand

Reversing the “Here’s Your Budget” Conversation Webinar Recording As an HR and comp professional, you know that compensation sits at the intersection of optimizing profit, managing risk, and planning for growth. However, building a plan and gaining executive buy in can be very challenging. Join Payscale’s Chief Experience Officer, Russ Wakelin, as...
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Fair Pay Impact Report

In the wake of the Great Resignation, new research from Payscale reveals that perception of fair pay impacts employees’ intent to leave.
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Payscale Research Shows Fairly Compensated Workers Believe They are Underpaid and Likely to Seek New Opportunities

Payscale’s new research shows that most workers are unaware if they are paid fairly; 51% believe they are paid below market even when they are paid at or above market.   Workers who perceive that they are paid below market are 50% more likely to seek a new job in the next six months.   Seattle, WA – July 20, 2021 – Today, Payscale Inc, the leading provider of compensation data and software, released its Fair Pay Impact Report that highlights fair...
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Why Your Employees Are Leaving and What You Can Do About It – Webinar On-Demand

Why Your Employees Are Leaving and What You Can Do About It Webinar Recording How you communicate pay to employees has a direct impact on their engagement and ultimately their likelihood to stay. While some turnover is good and natural, high rates of turnover can be costly and have a negative impact...
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Comp Communication: Putting it into Practice – Webinar On-Demand

Comp Communication: Putting it into Practice Webinar Recording Executing on your compensation strategy is only half the battle when you work in HR and compensation. Once you’ve come up with your philosophy, benchmarked your jobs, and put together all the different components of your strategy, you’re not done yet. The next important...
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What’s New: MarketPay – Webinar On-Demand

What’s New in MarketPay Webinar Recording Join us to learn about recent feature updates and upcoming releases in MarketPay! Hear from Russ Wakelin, Chief Experience Officer, and Chris Highfield, Vice President of Product Management as they explore the hottest trends in compensation data today. We then dive into some of the latest product enhancements and features from the MarketPay team. You...
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Compensation Strategy – Webinar On-Demand

Compensation Strategy Webinar Recording Higher pay, fair pay, equitable pay, and pay transparency are increasingly expected by talent. In a volatile market where salary information can be found with a search engine, traditional models for compensation management aren’t satisfying employees or setting businesses up for success. Compensation strategy is a mix of...
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Fundamentals of Compensation – Webinar On-Demand

we Fundamentals of Compensation Webinar Recording Join the PayScale Compensation Professionals team for a webinar on the Fundamentals of Compensation. Whether you are brand new to compensation or looking to brush up on the building blocks, this session is for you! Join us as we review the fundamentals of compensation. We will...
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Pay Structures Strategies: Why and How to Build Pay Structures – Webinar On-Demand

Pay Structures Strategies: Why and How to Build Pay Structures Webinar Recording Join PayScale compensation professionals, Jenny Walling and Sam Noble to discuss all things pay structures and enjoy lunch on us! More specifically we will dive into: Trends, benefits, and reasoning for building pay structures Strategies for building effective pay structures...
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Payscale Wins Software Category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

Payscale’s Peer product is recognized as world changing software because it revolutionizes the way compensation data is acquired, synthesized, and used to make critical talent decisions. SEATTLE, May 11, 2021 — Payscale Inc., a modern compensation management company, is the winner of the software category in Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas...
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Pay Equity Analyses – Webinar On-Demand

Pay Equity Analysis: Why, Who, How, and When Webinar Recording Pay equity is a hot topic inside most organizations and for very good reasons. Socially, it’s the right thing to do and it’s also good for business. That’s why it is imperative organizations get a grasp on pay equity gaps to minimize...
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Compensation and HR Virtual Meetup Webinar

Compensation and HR Virtual Meetup Friday May 21st, at 9AM PST Join us for our Comp and HR event to bring together those in the industry for an intimate virtual connect. Russ Wakelin, Payscale’s Chief Experience Officer will share some exciting data trends, however the bulk of our session will be centered...
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The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Pay Equity

Join Payscale for a panel featuring subject matter experts on the impact of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour on compensation management.
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Remote Work: Finding Answers for a New Workforce Paradigm Webinar

Remote Work: Finding Answers for a New Workforce Paradigm Webinar Recording If your organization is still trying to figure out what to make of this remote work thing, you’re not alone. While many organizations moved some or all of their employees to remote work, many others did not. It’s no surprise that...
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Insight Lab Feature Preview and Feedback Customer Webinar

Insight Lab Feature Preview and Feedback Webinar recording Join us to learn about recent feature updates and releases in Insight Lab and get a special treat from the PayScale Team! Hear from Russ Wakelin, Chief Experience Officer, and Collen Thiel, Product Manager, as they deep dive into recent product enhancements, preview the...
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Coffee Chat: 2021 Compensation Best Practices Follow Up Webinar

Coffee Chat: 2021 Compensation Best Practices Follow Up Webinar Recording PayScale’s HR team is back for round 2! You tuned in to the Navigating Compensation in a Changing World webinar, submitted your questions, and we unfortunately ran out of time to get to them all – but good news! We’re back and...
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Market Pricing in Insight and Benchmark Customer Webinar

Market Pricing in Insight and Benchmark Webinar Recording Join the PayScale Customer Education Team for a webinar on market pricing. Now more than ever, having your finger on the pulse of compensation data is critical. We know that having accurate pricing is necessary for many items included increase season, an increasing remote...

Gender Pay Gap Report Methodology

Methodology for Payscale's annual State of the Gender Pay Gap Report, including the number of profiles analyzed and the terms used in defining and analyzing the gender pay gap and the opportunity gap, both controlled and uncontrolled.
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Gender Pay Gap

In 2021, women make $0.82 for every $1 men make. This pay gap increases by race, age, job level, and occupation. Lear n why a pay gap persists and how COVID-19 might deepen pay inequity for women.
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PayScale Predicts the Gender Pay Gap Will Widen Post Pandemic if Companies Don’t Invest in Pay Equity Now

In 2021, women earn $0.82 for every $1 men earn when comparing all women to all men and $0.98 when controlling for job title, experience, location, and other compensable factors. As women face disproportionate levels of unemployment due to COVID-19, the overall average pay for women may be driven up, superficially causing...
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Pharmaceuticals Life Sciences Roundtable Customer Webinar

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Roundtable Thursday, April 15th, 10:30am CST (60 minutes) Finding ways to network with those of a similar professional focus has become increasingly difficult over the past year while the need to creatively think outside the box is more critical than ever before. Join your peers on April 15th...
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PayScale and Payfactors Join Forces to Create Compensation Technology and Data Powerhouse

As compensation grows in relevance and focus for the boardroom, PayScale and Payfactors come together to provide expanded software, services, and data for the market. Amplified by the rapid shift to remote and hybrid work, coupled with an increased focus on social justice, companies seek guidance to inform data-driven decisions and policies....
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2021 Compensation Best Practices Webinar

2021 Compensation Best Practices: Navigating Compensation in a Changing World Webinar Recording The transformative shifts taking place in business are bigger than the COVID-19 pandemic. A changing economy, the rise of remote work, calls for diversity, equity and inclusion, new laws around pay transparency, and the expectations that workers have for employment...
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Making the Most of Insight Lab Customer Webinar

Making the Most of Insight Lab Webinar Recording Join us to learn how to Make the Most of your Insight Lab subscription. You have many things on your plate and comp is just one of them. Brian Wallace from our Customer Education team, Sarah Foster from our Customer Success Team, and Colleen...
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Why 2021 is the Year for Compensation Strategy: PayScale’s Best Practices Report Shows the Latest Trends in Compensation

82% of organizations gave base pay increases in 2019 but only 64% gave them in 2020, setting what will be a catastrophic trend for income inequality in 2021 if continued. Over half of organizations admit to not having a compensation strategy; two-thirds say that compensation strategy is important this year but only...
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HRIS Data Ingestion for Insight Lab Customer Webinar

HRIS Data Ingestion for Insight Lab Webinar Recording One of the most common friction points we hear about from clients is the need to have the freshest data available for actionable insights on the fly, but it can be frustrating to have to wait for your HRIS data to be properly loaded...
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Leveling Up Survey Season Webinar

Leveling Up Survey Season Webinar Recording As we know, 2020 was a complicated year for survey participation and results, and the data we’re seeing initially for 2021 is that many companies that were not able to participate last year are doing so this year. With uncertainty still ahead, 2021 will likely be...
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Practical Pay Transparency Practices: How Organizations Can Make Pay Transparency Manageable Webinar

How Organizations Can Make Pay Transparency Manageable Webinar Recording Most organizations desire to be more transparent about pay practices but are unsure where to start. Determining where on the pay transparency spectrum your company currently sits, if at all, and what the right level of transparency is best for the business are...
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New Year, New Goals: Prioritizing Pay Equity in 2021 Webinar

New Year, New Goals: Prioritizing Pay Equity in 2021 Webinar Recording Despite federal, state, or local legislative attempts to close the pay inequities, the gender pay gap and racial wage gap still persist. It’s time to #getpayright so you can strengthen your employer brand, minimize risk, and ultimately, make the best compensation...
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How HR & Compensation Teams Can Do More With Less Webinar

How HR & Compensation Teams Can Do More With Less Webinar Recording As we approach the end to an eventful year, HR and Compensation teams are feeling the pressure and burden of having to do more than ever with less- less budget, less time, less resources. As you grapple with planning and...
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PayScale Announces Data Marketplace and Adds Empsight to Growing HR Data Ecosystem

PayScale Data Marketplace is the first solution of its kind to leverage AI-powered recommendations to suggest job pricing and enable direct access to purchase salary data from partner survey providers within PayScale MarketPay. At their annual Compference event, PayScale also unveiled the introduction of industry surveys for major verticals to help customers get highly specialized compensation data for industry-specific jobs. PayScale today announced an expansion of...
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PayScale Empowers Businesses to Address Pay Equity in Partnership with the USC Race and Equity Center

PayScale’s compensation management software enables organizations to identify pay gaps and monitor and maintain pay equity with advanced analytics The USC Race and Equity Center will provide advisory services to PayScale customers on pay equity initiatives to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion goals PayScale’s recent Racial Wage Gap Report shows that Black...
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PayScale Challenges Organizations to Look Beyond Cost Savings When It Comes to a Remote Workforce

New research from PayScale reveals three compensation strategies for setting fair pay Research suggests remote work can increase diversity and help close the racial and gender pay gap Seattle, Aug. 10, 2020 – PayScale, Inc. challenges remote work assumptions on compensation cost savings for organizations with new research on how to set...

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PayScale Appoints Shelly Holt to Chief People Officer

Seattle, WA – April 14, 2020 – Today, PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand cloud-based compensation software and data, announced Shelly Holt will serve as the company’s new Chief People Officer. In this position, Holt will oversee all of PayScale’s human resources functions, including attracting new talent for key positions...
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PayScale Donates Vital Compensation Data, Empowering Employers to Make Critical Pay Decisions During Current Economic Crisis

Seattle, WA – April 15, 2020  – PayScale, Inc., the leader in on-demand cloud compensation data and software, today announced the company will provide a free one-year subscription for its Crowdsourced and Company Sourced compensation datasets to PayScale MarketPay customers. The announcement comes at a time when most businesses are experiencing unstable...
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PayScale Appoints New Chief Revenue Officer  

Seattle, WA – April 9, 2020 – Today, PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand cloud-based compensation software and data, announced the appointment of Jeff Bailey to Chief Revenue Officer. Bailey will oversee PayScale’s revenue teams, managing all aspects of revenue management as PayScale continues its rapid growth into new market...
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PayScale Wage Data Shows Coronavirus Already Changed Our Economy

 Despite millions of unemployed workers, a few bright spots emerged for wage growth in Q1, as well as a telltale signal for impending economic decline Seattle, WA – April 2, 2020 – Today, PayScale Inc, the leader in precise, on-demand cloud compensation data and software for businesses and individuals, released the Q1...
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How to Create an Effective Pay Communications Plan Webinar

How to Create an Effective Pay Communications Plan Webinar Recording Transparency and communication surrounding pay are essential when it comes to keeping employees happy. But just how much so? It turns out that when provided with salary rationale, 82 percent of employees are satisfied even if it’s less than market average. More...
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PayScale Research Shows Pay Transparency Can Erase the Gender Pay Gap for Most Jobs and Industries

Talking openly with employees about compensation combats unconscious bias that exists at companies striving to achieve pay equality for men and women   Seattle, WA – January 22, 2020  – PayScale, Inc., the leader in modern compensation data and software, today released new research that shows the pay gap vanishes for most...
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Does pay transparency close the gender pay gap?

Pay transparency has been touted as a solution to pay inequity and to close the gender pay gap. But does it work? Payscale looked at the data to find out.
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PayScale Appoints Adrianna Burrows to Chief Marketing Officer

Seattle, WA – January 9, 2020 – Today, PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of cloud-based compensation software and data, announced the company hired Adrianna Burrows as Chief Marketing Officer. Burrows will be responsible for driving all aspects of marketing across PayScale, as the company continues its rapid growth under the leadership...
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PayScale Announces the Re-Appointment of Mercer Executive Susan Haberman to Their Board of Directors

SEATTLE, Jan. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of cloud-based compensation software and data, announced that Mercer Senior Partner and U.S. Career Business Leader, Susan Haberman, is rejoining PayScale’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mercer, a global consulting leader that delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations...

Professional Development Methodology

  Employee Professional Development Methodology Employee Professional Development Methodology Employee Professional Development Methodology Between December 2018 and August 2019, close to 38,000 people took PayScale’s Salary Survey and answered questions regarding what kind of professional development opportunities they would be most interested in and why. They were also asked about their gender,...
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Professional Development Report

Payscale's professional development research provides a roadmap to training priorities organizations are using to retain top employees.
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Why They Quit

Why do people leave their jobs? Payscale takes a deep dive into what's impacting employee retention and what employees are looking for in their new role.

Why They Quit Methodology

  Why they ‘Quit You’ Why they ‘Quit You’ Why they ‘Quit You’ Methodology To determine the likely reasons why someone would quit their job, PayScale developed a multinomial logistic model to calculate the statistically significant probability that someone in one group would leave their job in comparison to another group (e.g....
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HR certifications and how they impact careers

Want to figure out if HR certifications are worth pursuing and which one(s) make sense for you? This study reveals data on how 10 types of HR certifications impact pay and career trajectory.

Raise Anatomy Methodology

  Methodology We collect data via PayScale’s ongoing salary survey. You can find general information about our data collection and validation process here. For this particular study, PayScale surveyed 160,062 respondents for information regarding their salary, demographics, job and company characteristics and their history of asking for raises at their current employer....
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How Pay Raises Affect Turnover

How Your Pay Raise Practices Affect Employee Turnover Overview Raise Anatomy Data Highlights Key Findings Tips for HR Methodology Overview Raise Anatomy Data Highlights Key Findings Tips for HR Methodology In this study, we found that when it come to making pay increase decisions, there are a couple of practices that can...
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Raise Anatomy

Thinking of asking for a raise? Payscale's "Raise Anatomy" report helps employees who are thinking about asking for a pay increase make all the right moves.
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Gender Pay Gap 2018

THE STATE OF THE GENDER PAY GAP 2018 The State Of The Gender Pay Gap In 2018 How big is the gender pay gap, and how does it increase as workers climb the corporate ladder? New this year, we explored how career disruptions – or taking time off from the workforce –...
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Employee Engagement

Organizations with more engaged employees achieve better business outcomes. But what drives employee engagement? Payscale analyzes multiple factors that impact job sentiment to find out.

Salary History Methodology

Is Asking for Your Salary History … History? Salary History Methodology In an effort to learn more about how commonly the question is asked of prospective employees, whether it is asked more or less for certain types of workers, how likely interviewees are to answer the question, and whether refusing to answer...
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Salary History

A campaign to ban employers from asking about salary history is gaining momentum. Why does the question harm potential employees? And how should you handle it?

Emerging Industries

JOBS IN EMERGING INDUSTRIES JOBS IN EMERGING INDUSTRIES The Growth of New Industries, and the Job Creation That Comes With Them READ THE FULL REPORT The Growth of New Industries, and the Job Creation That Comes With Them READ THE FULL REPORT The Future Is Now Budding Cannabis Solar and VR/AR Emerging...
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We Work

We work, and we deserve to get paid for that work. PayScale helps employers and employees talk about that exchange of value in the workplace.
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PayScale Overview

PayScale has fresh, detailed salary data updated daily and crowdsourced from millions of employees. See accurate salary matches for your exact labor market. PayScale is a time saver. Fresh data, easy software and on-hand experts. It’s like having your own compensation department without the overhead.
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The Value of the PHR and SPHR. Worth It?

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What Pays in Vegas, Stays in Vegas

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The Value of PHR and SPHR Certifications Sugarcoating or Career Sweetener?

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Growth Company Compensation Plans & Strategies

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Building a Pay Grade Structure

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The Salary Transparency Debate

Salary transparency can be a tricky issue, but what happens when you refuse to talk pay? PayScale’s Comp Pro discusses why you may want to talk comp.
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Job Description vs. Job Title: Which Matters More?

PayScale Video Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools Job Description vs. Job Title: Which Matters More? Is it the job description or the job title that matter? Find out if you should base pay ranges on a job title or on the specific job requirements. What’s that? You don’t...
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Minimum Wage Increase: How to Prepare Your Business

PayScale Video Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools Minimum Wage Increase: How to Prepare Your Business Did a minimum wage increase pass in your city? Don’t panic! PayScale has four easy tips to ease your minimum wage woes. Our Comp Pro will walk you through not only how to...
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Variable Pay Is on the Rise: What the Data Show

This is an excerpt from PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report. Didn’t get your copy? Download it today. A rich compensation mix encompasses much more than just base pay alone. There are bonuses, incentives, benefits and much more. Together, these pay elements create the total rewards package for employees. Variable pay can...
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Communicating Pay the Right Way: Why It Matters and How to Do It [New Ebook]

Compensation can be a tricky topic. What someone is paid has an enormous impact on his or her life, and can carry all kinds of implicit meanings. It can be the difference between Angela in marketing having the funds to allow her kids to join a second sport, and having to tell...
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Everything You Need to Know About Communicating Pay [New eBook]

Compensation can be a sensitive, and therefore scary, topic. Emotions frequently run high in these conversations, and pay decisions touch every level of the organization: employee, manager, HR/comp pros and executives. Comp is hugely important, and hugely important to get right. It can be stressful. But fear not! With the proper preparation,...
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Compensation Best Practices Videos

  Compensation Best Practices Videos All the compensation questions you were afraid to ask, answered.     Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools PayScale 101 Videos Customer Videos Best Practices Videos Ask a Comp Pro Up your game with compensation best practices videos designed to make you shine.  ...
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PayScale Customer Videos

  PayScale Customer Videos See how PayScale helps modern businesses slam dunk their pay strategy. Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools PayScale 101 Videos Customer Videos Best Practices Videos See how PayScale helps modern businesses slam dunk their pay strategy.   Mission Produce Choicelunch Sungevity Filament Games BuzzBee Whitepapers...
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PayScale 101 Videos

  PayScale 101 Learn all about our modern compensation approach, and meet a few friendly PayScalers along the way!   Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools PayScale 101 Videos Customer Videos Best Practices Videos Who is PayScale? PayScale is the modern compensation software company that provides a set of...
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PayScale Gender Wage Study Extracts Unexpected Industry Disparity

First, a riddle: what’s lower, wages for women in the oil and gas industry, or the industry’s overall profitability? Answer: they’re both rock bottom low. Indeed, despite all the buzz around sexism in Silicon valley, new PayScale research shows that it is actually the Oil & Gas industry where the largest gender...
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What PayScale Employees Want You to Know

PayScale strives to make compensation easy and fun for everyone. No need to be a comp pro. Learn what PayScale employees wish more people knew.
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How to Benchmark Unique Jobs – PayScale HR

It's not easy to benchmark unique jobs in a new or specialized industry. PayScale's Comp Pro is here to help make the process a little bit smoother.
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Compensation After a Merger or Acquisition

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What Is PayScale?

PayScale is the modern compensation software and data company that provides a set of tools to help anyone manage compensation like a comp pro.
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Cost of Living Raises: Are They Lagging Behind?

PayScale Video Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools Cost of Living Raises: Are They Lagging Behind? Are cost of living raises a thing of the past? COLA raises may be putting you behind the market and costing you your shot at top talent. So, if COLA is a thing...
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It’s Here! PayScale’s Newest Infographic Reveals the Truth about Employee Engagement

PayScaleFrom sticks and carrots, to gift cards, to extravagant perks and unlimited PTO—the face of employee engagement is ever-changing. A happy employee is likely to stay—and you’ll pull out all the stops to avoid turnover. Throw in all the fancy perks you want—lunchtime yoga, company chef, clothing fund, you name it—but, if...
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HR Video: COLA Raises

Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: COLA Raises. Watch now!
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HR Video: Comp Strategies for High Growth Companies

Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: tips to developing a compensation strategy in high growth companies.
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New Whitepaper: 7 Reasons You’re Not Too Small for Compensation Software

What’s business-critical, valued by your employees, and likely one of the biggest line items on your budget? That’s right, compensation! You’ve implemented software for other parts of your business, so why ignore comp?
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HR Video: Minimum Wage Woes

Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: Tips to easing your minimum wage woes. Watch now!
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New Whitepaper: Tips to Overcoming the 7 Most Common Objections to Investing in a Compensation Strategy

Calling all HR managers! You know your company needs a formal compensation strategy, but your executives aren’t on board. Even if you’ve tried in the past with no success, here is the ammo you need to sell a compensation strategy and walk out of the meeting with a smile on your face....
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HR Video: The Great Salary Transparency Debate

Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: Winning the battle for pay transparency in the workplace. Watch now!
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HR Video: A Tale of Two Comp Plans

Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: What happens when two companies and compensation plans merge. Watch now!
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HR Video: How to Gain a Seat at the Executive Table

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike.  Today’s topic: Getting that all-important seat at the executive table.  Watch now!
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HR Video: Building a Pay Grade Structure

Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike.  Today’s topic: Building a pay grade structure – even if you’ve never done this before! Watch now!
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Know Thyself: How to Calculate Your Salary Needs

Whether you are about to embark on your first or fiftieth salary negotiation, planning can make all the difference. But where should you begin? Calculating future wants and needs can seem like a daunting task, but with a small amount of reflection, you can better prepare yourself for that first salary conversation....
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‘Twas the Night Before Unemployment: Holiday Party Horror Stories

"What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day." –Phyllis Diller Between year-end bonuses and office holiday parties, there can be a lot to celebrate in the month of December. An open bar alone is enough to warrant the distinction of "the most wonderful time...
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100 Best Jobs in America

What makes a job great? Is it the salary you earn, the sense of meaning you feel from the work you do, or is it something else? PayScale teamed up with CNNMoney to create a list of the 100 best jobs in America. Read on to find out which jobs came out...
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Halloween Is Payday! (And a Trick, Not a Treat, for Employers)

What's not to like about Halloween? You dress up, stuff yourself with candy and, if you're working for an employer, you likely get a paycheck. Yes, Halloween is payday. But, while it may be a treat for you, it can be a bit of a trick for employers to get their numbers...
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Gen Y Report: Gen Y Has the Skills to Help Employers Pay Their Bills

PayScale’s "Gen Y on the Job" report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more. In a recent study, PayScale found that Gen Y workers are more likely to have job skills that center around online marketing and social media than other U.S. workers....
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Unemployment Realities: The Discouraged Worker Effect

By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com The U.S. added about 96,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percent in August, so why aren’t we happy? The numbers have been dissected elsewhere, but I wanted to focus on explaining the so-called “discouraged worker effect” and alternative measures of underutilization of labor....
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Vocational High: Preparing Students for Life without a College Degree

Many people believe the purpose of a high school education is to prepare students for college.  The end goal for many American high school students is admission to a two-year or four-year college, though many might not know what they want to study.  Paradoxically, the cost of two-year and four-year degrees has...
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Gen Y Report: Gen Y Prefers Small Employers

PayScale’s "Gen Y on the Job" report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more.  Gen Y is attracted to small startups over large enterprises, according to the recently released “Gen Y on the Job” report. We found that 47 percent of Gen Y workers...
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Gen Y Demands a Results Only Work Environment (R.O.W.E)

So long 20-person meetings, cubicle farms and regular work schedules. According to Gen Y expert and Millennial Branding founder, Dan Schawbel, the work world is going to transform over the next two decades as Gen Y takes the lead. And just being at your desk by 8 a.m. won’t help you keep...
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Gen Y On the Job: Interviews with PayScale

Are Gen Y workers really just pampered Facebook addicts with an entitlement complex? PayScale recently released a comprehensive study about the Internet Generation, taking a look at how Gen Y works, who they are working for, and what motivates them to work harder. We wondered how the work ethic of Gen Y...
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Funny Kids Talk About Paychecks [video]

What is your dream job? What would you buy with a really big paycheck? Most grown-ups like to daydream and answer those questions. And, it turns out that kids do, too. PayScale asked some future workers about work and money. Their answers will surprise and amuse you. Enjoy a laugh on us....
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Future Software Engineer Gives Work Advice [video]

Most kids resist the pressure to go into lucrative science and math-related fields. (That's partly why those careers pay so well.) Other young folks, though, can't seem to resist number-crunching's allure. One such future geek is Andrew. He told PayScale not only about his computer engineering ambitions, but just how hard he...
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Need to Laugh? Listen to Kids Talk About Work [video]

Is it possible to get a "cuteness headache," kinda like when you eat too much ice cream and you get an "ice cream headache"? Beware, you are tee-ed up to see some serious cuteness, and laugh hard, as elementary school kids explain what work is really like. Check out this first, in...
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Grab a Geek or Fall Behind, Tech Employers

Everyone recognizes highly successful companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft, and many use their products. But, do you know how they compare as employers? Each company is vying for the brightest minds in the tech industry. PayScale takes a look at what each one offers potential employees. From job satisfaction and...
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Who’s the Boss? You Are!

By PARADE Being your own employer is great—there’s no dress code, and you decide when the workday’s over. But it has its challenges. Sure, you know you need medical coverage, but other financial and insurance matters also require your attention. Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, offers these...
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What People Earn: Then and Now

By PARADE Doug Olsen found his calling early: teaching science to middle schoolers. In 1983, he appeared on the cover of PARADE 's first issue dedicated to American salaries. He stood before a blackboard in Seattle, chalk in hand, 30 years old, earning $18,700 a year. He was happy and hopeful. He...
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Intelligent Spending: Best and Worst Colleges for Tuition ROI

Oh, college, why have you become so expensive, complicated and important all at once? In today's highly competitive job market, a college degree can really improve your chances of landing a job that pays well. But, not just any degree will do. It turns out that you must pick the right (perhaps...
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How to Turn Your First Job Into a Successful Career

Thanks to the recession, workers in almost every industry have entered a new era of job insecurity, which may partly explain why it’s much less common for companies to hand out gold pens and watches to mark five or 10, much less 20 years of dedicated service. In fact, according to the...
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Engaged Workaholics Versus Traditional Workaholics: Who’s Healthier?

Research indicates that employees who regularly work long hours are more prone to heart disease, conflicts with coworkers and decreased job satisfaction, but an emerging group called "engaged workaholics" is immune to these consequences. Such workers not only put in overtime — they enjoy it. Wilmar Schaufeli, a Utrecht University professor who...
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GE Ramps Up Hiring of Veterans Over Next Five Years

General Electric has a long history of hiring military veterans. The company currently employs about 10,000 veterans and plans to hire another 5,000 over the next five years, as they expand their aviation operations. With veterans often facing challenges in networking as they move back into the private working world, any additional...
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Career Round Up: Doctors in Demand, GM Freezes Pensions, More

Every week, we round up the employment trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed earlier this week. Doctors in Demand. As doctors continue to focus on specialized medicine, which offers considerably higher pay, the need for family practice doctors is increasing. With the current rate of specialization, it's predicted that...
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Friday Fun: Light Show at Century Link Field in Seattle

PayScale’s headquarters are located in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle. Not only are we lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful architecture, rich history, fabulous restaurants and nightlife but PayScale’s offices overlook Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.  San Francisco based director Jimmy Diebold had...
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Rosier Picture for US Workers’ Wages in Q4 2011

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com How have wages fared in the US over the past year? Can any group wave goodbye to the recession besides the oil & gas industry? PayScale.com just released its Q4 2011 wage trend results for The PayScale Index and nearly everyone now has reason to smile. The PayScale...
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New Year, New You: LinkedIn Profile Update for 2012

by Sandy Jones-Kaminski It’s the New Year, a time for fresh starts and clean slates. I suggest that you use this time of year to audit and polish your LinkedIn profile. And, start with the delete key if you’re one of the many folks that went app-crazy when LinkedIn started offering app...
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Afraid You’ll Fail? Meet Your New Year’s Resolution Support Staff

By Lydia Dishman A recent study found that 88 percent of all New Year’s resolutions end in failure. Those are pretty bad odds. But, before you throw in the towel on your self-improvement goals for 2012, keep in mind that there are hard-working professionals ready to help you stick to your resolutions....
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Salary and Career News Round Up: Minimum Wage Increases, Annoying Management Terms, and a Lesson in Customer Service from Ocean Marketing

On Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week. This Sunday, minimum wage workers in eight states will receive a pay increase. Washington State’s minimum wage will increase to $9.04 per hour, making it the highest in the country. We often...
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Is Facebook a Right or a Privilege at Work?

By Lydia Dishman, PayScale.com For Generation Y, access to the Web is as essential as air, water, food and shelter. According to the 2011 Cisco Systems “Connected World Technology Report,” a whopping one of every three college students and employees surveyed globally believes the Internet is a fundamental resource. So it’s no...
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Salary and Career News Round Up: Millennial Women Burn Out, Black Friday, NASA Hiring

Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed this week. Are millennial women burning out at thirty years old? That is what one study suggests. The study goes on to suggest that millennial women worked hard in school, and in the early workforce...
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Comp Basic: Mean vs. Median

The Difference Between Mean and Median Midpoint, market ratio, mean, median, merit bonus - I don’t know what it is with “m” words in compensation, but there are a lot of them and it can get confusing. Let’s try to simplify things by breaking down the difference between two commonly confused words: mean...
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Salary and Career News Round Up: LinkedIn Contacts, Cost of Commuting, and Young Professional Values

Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news you may have missed this week. LinkedIn is an easy way to communicate and network and keep in touch with professional contacts, even if you move on to another job. But, do you actually own LinkedIn contacts accrued during your time...
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Holiday Jobs for Extra Cash

The holiday season is right around the corner and many retailers have already started looking for temporary help. Seasonal jobs are a great way to earn extra income during the holidays but can have many other unexpected benefits, too. Benefits of Holiday Work For some workers, seasonal work can lead to permanent...
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Working to End Cancer

By Lydia Dishman During October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, pink can be seen everywhere from lapel ribbons to football players’ sneakers. Between treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness, breast cancer death rates have been going down since 1990. In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. But...
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Feel Stressed at Work? Darn’t, Get Positive!

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com There are plenty of reasons to feel stressed at work: more work than you have time to complete, lazy workmates or a boss that seems out to get you. In fact, a new study even shows people high on the totem pole at work (VPs and CEOs) may...
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Salary and Career News Round Up: Wage Growth, Occupy Wall Street, and Best Jobs in America

By Elise Oras, PayScale.com Here are some salary trends, career stories and job news you may have missed this week. Smart phones, iPads, and laptops may provide convenience, but sometimes you just need to get away from email and social networks. Where are the best places to unplug? The Q3 PayScale Index was...
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Salary and Career News Round Up: The Simpsons, Steve Jobs, and Holiday Gigs

By Elise Oras, PayScale.com What's going on in the world of salary, career and wages?  We pulled together some of the stories you may have missed this past week.   Business Insider highlights the jobs where pay is finally recovering from the recession. The show will go on; the cast of The Simpsons accepts...
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Recent College Graduates’ Pay Down in 2011

As part of the research for the 2010-2011 PayScale College Salary Report, we looked at the pay trends of recent college graduates and found startling results. With the unemployment rate for college graduates at 4.3% in August, less than half the national average, you would think the strong demand would translate into higher...
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Is It Time for a Career “Plan B”?

It has been two years since the recession officially ended in the summer of 2009 and economic expansion began again. However, the US economy clearly isn't back to where it was at the end of the last boom in 2007. And, there are a lot of signs it is not getting there...
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Health Care Grant Administrator Job Description

Job Title: Manager, grants administrationYears of Experience: 15Where: Dayton, OHOther Relevant Work Experience: Bedside nurse in hospital, clinical research coordinator, hospital unit administrator, nurse and patient educator in physician office, grant project managerEducation: Wright State University, BSN, RN Grad, summa cum laude; Emmanuel College for master’s degree, currentSalary: Research the median salary...
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PayScale College Salary Report: Top Schools for 2011

Recently we released the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report. There are dozens of different topics in this report: top schools for mid- or early career earnings, majors that pay, top state universities, schools that produce the highest fraction of CEOs, and the list goes on. In this post, I'll look at some...
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Worst Deals on College

By Lydia Dishman There’s no denying the fact that college tuition is rising and that education usually comes with some long-term debt. Among bachelor’s degree recipients in the for-profit sector, the median total student debt of the 95 percent who borrowed was $32,700, according to the College Board. What’s worse is that...
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Mad Men: Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Advertising Manager?

Considered working as an Advertising Manager? This interview will take you through the ups and downs you can expect in the position, what it takes to land the job, what you can expect to earn and more. What is your job title and what industry do you work in? How many years...
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Could I Work as a Virtual Assistant?

Considered working as a Virtual Administrative Assistant? This interview will take you through the ups and downs you can expect in the position, what it takes to land the job, what you can expect to earn and more. This is a true career story as told to MarketingJobs.org and is one of...
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Dead Industries: Ways to Get Out and Move On

Dead Industries: Ways to Get Out and Move On By Lydia Dishman If you’re knocking on doors looking for work, there are some doors you may want to skip. The economy continues to show signs of rebounding, with increases in consumer spending and a jobless rate that has declined to nine percent....
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Salary Guide by City: 5 Robust Recoveries

5 Cities with Robust Recoveries By Susan Johnston Just as the recession hit certain cities earlier than others, now the recovery is showing up first in some very fortunate locations. According to a wage study by online salary database PayScale.com, salaries in several geographic areas are starting to bounce back, particularly in...
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Amazon vs. Apple: Who’s The Better IT Employer?

The tech industry is growing, fast. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects IT management job opportunities to grow by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018. Opportunities for software developers are expected to grow by 21 percent in the same time. If you work in this industry, you’ll likely have more than one...
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What is the Salary for a Home Appraisal Reviewer?

Name: Bill WesenJob Title: Residential Home Appraisal ReviewerWhere: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MNYears of Experience: 10Other Relevant Work Experience: Electrical EngineeringEducation: Bachelor of EngineeringSalary: Research the median salary for appraisal reviewer. What is the Salary for a Home Appraisal Reviewer? This Salary Story focuses on a real estate career that is more behind-the-scenes than...
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Target vs. Walmart – Which One Is a Better Place to Work?

Target vs. Walmart – Which One Is a Better Place to Work? By Lydia Dishman Attention Target Team members, did you ever wonder how your job stacks up against similar positions at the world’s largest retailer Walmart? Though the two chains may have different corporate cultures, according to PayScale, the rivals’ rank...
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Top Employers of Veterans

Top Employers of Veterans By Bridget Quigg Once they’ve received their last paycheck from Uncle Sam, where do most military folks go to find the next one? It turns out that most don’t travel far. They often get picked up by companies that work directly with the federal government and the military....
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Summer Jobs and What They Pay

Inside Scoop: Summer Jobs and What They Pay By Lydia Dishman Faced with the prospect of hanging out with friends and catching some rays or spending all day hunched over a cash register or computer, most teens and 20-somethings would likely choose the lounging around. But the time spent working a summer...
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Top Employers Near Military Bases

Top Employers Near Military Bases By Bridget Quigg When a military member moves to a new base for a new job, so does their whole family. But, family members don’t arrive with a job ready to go. They may need to look beyond the base to find help paying the bills. Who...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Broadbanding

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Broadbanding Broadbanding is the term applied to having extremely wide salary bands, much more encompassing than with traditional salary structures. Whereas a typical salary band has a 40 percent difference in pay between its minimum and maximum, broadbanding would typically have a 100 percent difference. Most of the...
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Real Estate Salaries – Getting Started in a Real Estate Career

Name: Kevin MeyerJob Title: Real Estate AgentYears of Experience: 9+Where: Woodinville, WACurrent Employer: Coldwell Banker BainOther Relevant Work Experience: Market Leader LLC – a leading provider of real estate marketing softwareEducation: Rockwell Real Estate Institution Bellevue CollegeSalary: Research the median real estate agent salary. Real Estate Salaries – Getting Started in a...
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High School Summer Jobs – Food Service Job Opportunities

Name: Erich WirtanenJob Title: Foods Team LeadWhere: Rosemount, MNYears of Experience: 2Education: Currently enrolled at Rosemount High SchoolSalary: Research salaries for food service jobs and amusement park salaries. High School Summer Jobs – Food Service Job Opportunities For students in high school, summer jobs can offer great opportunities to gain work experience,...
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Babysitting Jobs: What is the Hourly Rate for Babysitting?

Name: Lexi MarcouillerJob Title: Babysitter/Child careYears of Experience: 5Where: Snohomish, WAEducation: Snohomish High School studentSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median babysitting hourly rate in your area.   Babysitting Jobs: What is the Hourly Rate for Babysitting? With neighborhood babysitting jobs available, many teens get their first work experience...
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High-Paying Entry-Level Jobs

10 High-Paying Entry-Level Jobs By Bridget Quigg A well-paid, entry-level job sounds like an oxymoron. But, finding one would certainly help with the piles of student loans that many young people face and the heavy financial pressures sending many stay-at-home parents back into the workforce. Fortunately, PayScale.com has found a few. Online...
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How to Feel More Confident at Work

How to Feel More Confident at Work By Lydia Dishman The recession rocked the foundations of businesses large and small and the biggest casualties were the legions of laid-off workers. But there was a hidden cost to those who managed to hang on to their jobs: many experienced a direct hit to...
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Auto Detailing Jobs – Auto Detailing Business Owner Profile

Job Title: Auto Detailing Business OwnerWhere: Bellevue, WAYears of Experience: 30Current Employer: Bradleys Detail of BellevueEducation: Bachelor of Arts, University of WashingtonSalary: Research median owner operator salaries and salaries for auto detailing jobs. Auto Detailing Jobs – Auto Detailing Business Owner Profile What is it like to run your own successful business?...
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Restaurant Job Descriptions – Restaurant Hostess

Name: Kortni ButtertonJob Title: Restaurant HostessWhere: Seattle, WACurrent Employer: 50 NorthYears of Experience: 3.5Education: Issaquah High School, Diploma; Bellevue College, Associate of Arts and Sciences; University of Washington, Communications and Sociology majorSalary: Research the median salary scale for restaurants, including restaurant hostess jobs. Restaurant Job Descriptions – Restaurant Hostess A restaurant hostess...
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Employee Pay for Multiple Jobs

Pay for Employees Performing More than One Job Q&A If you have employees who want to work additional jobs for extra pay, you need to make sure you are paying them properly. Nonexempt employees may be owed overtime, while exempt employees generally can be paid the extra compensation without affecting their exempt status.
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How to Love Your Job Again

Fall Back in Love with Your Job By Susan Johnston Maybe you’ve been plugging away in the same job for several years and feel burnt out. Or, perhaps you’re growing tired of office politics or a long commute. Whatever the reason, you’ve lost that spark that used to make you excited about...
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10 Most Popular Jobs and What They Pay

10 Most Popular Jobs and What They Pay By Bridget Quigg Do you know someone who enjoys their job? Maybe they even look forward, a bit, to going to work? Believe it or not, this reality does exist. Certain jobs are simply more “popular,” meaning that the people who do them feel...
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Impressive Resumes for Unemployed Workers

Unemployed? Keep Building Your Resume By Lydia Dishman Regardless of how long you’re out of work, Lauren Milligan, a job-search coach with ResuMAYDAY, says one thing is certain, “When you do secure an interview, one of the first questions you'll be asked is what you’ve been doing during your recent unemployment." Don’t...
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Who Earns the Average US Wage?

The Average American Wage: Who Earns It? By Bridget Quigg What do you think most people earn per year in the US? $35,000, $40,000, even $50,000? As the economy has gone up and down, many folks wonder what the average salary for Americans is these days. There are many ways to approach...
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10 Sexy Jobs and What They Pay

10 Sexiest Jobs By Lydia Dishman Is your job sexy? The dictionary defines sexy as: “marked by or tending to arouse desire or interest,” but that’s about as subjective as saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder – it depends on who you ask. So we turned to the experts...
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Entertainment Salaries: Academy Awards Behind the Scenes

By Bridget Quigg Glitz, glam and garbage cans overflowing: these are all realities of one of Hollywood’s biggest nights, the Academy Awards. Started in 1929, the “Oscars,” as they’re more fondly known, bring leading directors, writers, and actors into the spotlight. But, who’s making sure that the spotlight works and shines in...
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HR Quiz: Names, Acronyms and More

Exam Time: Basic HR Competency Test By Staff Writer Looking to brush up on your professional terminology or just feel great about how smart you are? We offer you our informal HR quiz where you can see how you fare with some basic and advanced HR terminology.
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Best High Paying Jobs

Best High Paying Jobs: 5 Jobs That Pay $80,000 Per Year By Lydia Dishman, PayScale.com What do Lauren Bush’s engagement ring and the Icon CJ3B army jeep have in common? They’re just two of the things you can buy with $80,000. And while most working stiffs can only dream of plunking down...
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How to Make Any Job Better: Make Over Your Career

  How to Make Any Job Better   By Susan Johnston Not everyone is in a position to switch jobs. Maybe you’re in an industry where staffing is still tight. Or maybe you just started a new job, and you’d like to put in a few years before moving on. Whatever the...
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The Most Secure Jobs in 2011

The Most Secure Jobs in 2011 — Least Risky Jobs for a Secure Future By Janet Clark Job security matters, especially during periods of high unemployment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), unemployment rates at the end of 2010 hovered close to 10 percent. Is there anywhere to turn for...
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Office Romance: Jobs That Help You Find Your Mate

By Susan Johnston Given the long hours that many employees spend at the office, it’s not surprising that a 2010 Monster.com survey found that 35 percent of survey respondents had engaged in an office romance. In fact, 12 percent had married someone they dated from work. Still, an office romance can be...
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Post-Recession Bounce Back Plan: Recover Your Earning Power

Post-Recession Bounce Back Plan: Recover Your Earning Power By Sara Eckel During the recession, many workers have vastly lowered their expectations about earnings. One survey of career-fair attendees conducted by Next Steps Career Solutions found that 65 percent of respondents were willing to accept compensation that was up to 30 percent lower...
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Event Specialist Jobs – Demonstrators and Product Promoters

Name: Sara BlackmonJob Title: Event SpecialistWhere: Gastonia, NCCurrent Employer: Crossmark, Inc.Education: Olympic High SchoolSalary: Research median salaries for demonstrators and product promoters. Event Specialist Jobs – Demonstrators and Product Promoters The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a positive job outlook for demonstrators and product promoters over the next several years. That's good...
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Why Gratitude Pays at Work

The Power of a "Thank You" at Work By Susan Johnston This time of year, we gather at home with friends and family to give thanks for the good things in our lives. But gratitude can also be helpful in another key setting: the workplace. Famed business leader and author Dale Carnegie...
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10 High-Paying Jobs

10 Jobs that Pay $70,000 Per Year By Lydia Dishman Still wondering if that college degree is worth the cost of tuition? A study from online salary database PayScale.com found that people who hold four-year college degrees will earn approximately 50 percent more than a high school grad over the course of...
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Art Careers – Can You Really Make a Career as an Artist?

Name: Patrick HoweJob Title: Artist, art gallery owner, art instructorWhere: Seattle, WACurrent Employer: SelfYears of Experience: 7Relevant Work Experience: I have exhibited my artwork widely in galleries and museums. I have also taught art for many years. I was the head preparator for the Portland Art Museum. In the past I have...
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Positive Compensation Trends in Some Cities

A Glimmer of Hope: Cities with Salary Growth By Bridget Quigg It has been a bumpy ride for wages in major cities over the last few years. The swing from speedy growth to heavy losses was dramatic once the recession hit. So, what exactly happened with wages before, during and after the...
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Holiday Work for Extra Cash

6 Jobs That Will Earn Extra Cash for Holiday Spending By Lydia Dishman Looking for your next big adventure or simply looking to make extra cash? Consider seasonal employment. It could even be your ticket to discovering a new career while earning money for the holidays. Though unemployment continues for many, the...
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Meaningful Work that Pays Well

Jobs With a Big Heart and a Big Paycheck By Susan Johnston The recession caused many people to re-think their careers. While some decided that any job is a good job, others started looking for more meaningfulwork. They want a gigs that gives back. You may assume that meaningful work automatically means...
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How to Succeed with a “Useless” Degree

How to Succeed with a “Useless” Degree By Susan Johnston For many people with a fine arts or liberal arts degree, the question, “Great, but what are you gonna do with a _____ degree?” is an all too familiar refrain from well-meaning relatives. It turns out there’s a lot you can do...
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Training for Green Jobs

Training for Green Jobs: Useful Certificates, Licenses and Degrees By Carol Tice Green jobs are red hot. The billions in federal stimulus funding are translating into growing job opportunities in fields such as solar power, wind power, advanced energy storage, and more energy-efficient electric power. A recent study from the Pew Charitable...
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Blogging Jobs – Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

Name: Jason SchumakerJob Title: Producer/"Blog Dog"/Event CoordinatorCurrent Employer: BetterPhoto.comWhere: Seattle, WAYears of Experience: 5Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked as an editor and writer for a computer magazine.Education: University of South Carolina, Bachelor's in Journalism; Summit School of Guitar, Vancouver Island, Canada, trained as a guitar builder and repairman.Salary: Research salaries for event...
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Tracking Changes in US Pay: The PayScale Index

Today PayScale released the first quarterly report on The PayScale Index. The PayScale Index tracks how the market price of workers, as represented by the wages they are paid, is changing over time. We believe The PayScale Index provides the most accurate view on changes in what employees are earning amidst this...
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What Is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?

Name: Jade EgelhoffJob Title: Elephant Veterinary TechnicianYears of Experience: 0-1Where: Chiang Mai, ThailandEducation: Gig Harbor High School; Tacoma Community College, Associate Degree; Elephant Veterinary Training and First Aid, Thailand Animal Behavior Training; Humane Society HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention TrainingSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median annual salaries for vet tech...
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Receptionist Salary and Job Description

Name: June MillerJob Title: Nursing Unit Clerk, ReceptionistWhere: Vancouver, BCCurrent Employer: Currently in collegeYears of Experience: 35Relevant Work Experience: Administrative Assistant, Health Care Worker, Activity Aide, Barber, Personal AssistantEducation: GED, Secretarial Certificate, HCW CertificateSalary: See the PayScale Research Center for median receptionist salary data. Receptionist Salary and Job Description Working for a...
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How to Handle an Annoying Boss

How to Deal with an Annoying Boss By Susan Johnston We’ve all had bosses who made our lives difficult: the chronic micromanager, the chatty Kathy who can’t resist sharing details from her personal life, or the Houdini who magically disappears when important questions pop up. How should you handle bosses with annoying...
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Jobs for Military Veterans

10 Top-Paying Jobs for Former Military Members By Carol Tice Getting out of the military can be a disorienting time for many who’ve been overseas for long stretches. Often, the end of military service means it’s time to find a job, fast. The good news? Today’s veterans often acquire valuable job skills...
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Careers That Earn You $40 per Hour

A $40-per-hour job provides an annual income of around $83,200. Not bad at all. How do you get to that level of earnings? Look at healthcare and IT jobs. You’ll likely need a degree and a good amount of training to get hired. But, if you’re looking to start a new job...
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Medical Assistant Job Description

Name: KrysteenaJob Title: Medical AssistantYears of Experience: 17Where: Renton, WACurrent Employer: Southlake ClinicEducation: Certified Medical AssistantSalary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a medical assistant. Medical Assistant Job Description A quick search for medical assistant jobs reveals openings in various states across the country. Medical assistants are in...
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Writing an Employee Termination Letter

Writing an Employee Termination Letter: How Much to Include? Q&A Find out the pros and cons of putting your termination reasons in a written employee termination letter. Q: We want to provide employees who are terminated with a brief employee termination letter explaining our reasoning and informing them about administrative issues like COBRA...
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7 High-Paying Jobs with No Degree Required

7 Jobs That Make It Worth Skipping College By Susan Johnston Ask most high school guidance counselors, and they’ll tell you a college degree is your key to a decent paying job. But that’s not necessarily always the case. While many jobs like lawyer, doctor, and professor still require degrees, Al Lee,...
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Are You Already Green? Getting a Green Job Is Easier than You Think

Are You Already Green? Getting a Green Job Is Easier than You Think By Lydia Dishman If you have a passion for the environment and want align these values with the way you earn your paycheck, a green job may be the right path for you. But before you whip out the...
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Tuition of Colleges: A High Price May Be Worth It

Four Reasons to Choose a Pricier College By Bridget Quigg PayScale.com, the world’s largest online salary database, recently released a report that showed that tuition of colleges is not created equal when it comes to seeing a good lifetime salary return on your tuition investment. Does that mean that schools with a...
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When Gossip Does You (And Your Career) Good

When Gossip Does You (And Your Career) Good By Susan Johnston Our mothers told us never to engage in gossip, but it turns out that office gossip can sometimes help us get ahead – if used carefully. “It’s not realistic to say ‘don’t participate’ because if you don’t participate, people tend not...
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Waitress Job Description – Tips on Better Waitressing

Name: June GundersonJob Title: WaitressYears of Experience: 20 yearsWhere: Green Bay, WIEducation: ITT Technical Institute, Green BaySalary: See the PayScale Research Center for median waitress salaries. Waitress Job Description – Tips on Better Waitressing If you're looking for waitress job openings, take a moment to read our interview with June Gunderson, a...
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Personal Trainer to Personal Training Studio Manager

Name: Duncan Sailors Job Title: Personal Training Studio Manager / Personal Trainer Years of Experience: 5 yearsWhere: West Seattle, WACurrent Employer: West Seattle Fitness Together (full-time), CrossFit Seattle (part-time) Education: BS, University of Washington; ACE certified personal trainer; Crossfit Level 1 certified, Crossfit Endurance Level 1 certified Salary: See the PayScale Research Center...
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Is College Worth It? Best Colleges for Your Tuition Dollars

Is a College Education Worth the Money? By Bridget Quigg “College tuition.” Those two words together strike fear into the hearts of parents and students across the country, struggling to pay for a degree before entering the job market. Many schools now charge over $100,000, or even over $200,000, in tuition, room...
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Becoming a Life Coach

Name: Eileen WoodJob Title: Wellness and Life Coach, Writer, Inspirational TeacherYears of Experience: 20 yearsWhere: Raleigh, NCCurrent Employer: Self-EmployedEducation: East Carolina University, BA; Atlantic University, MASalary: See the PayScale Research Center for median life coach salary data. Becoming a Life Coach What is a life coach? The simple answer is that a...
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College Grad Salaries: Which School and Major Pays?

In partnership with CNN/Money, PayScale has produced its annual College Salary Report for 2010. Unlike the more subtle 2010 PayScale College Return on Investment (ROI) Report, this report answers four simple questions: What do bachelor's graduates with a particular major earn, both early in their career and at mid-career? What do bachelor's graduates of...
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A Crash Course In Key Compensation Metrics

Due to its popularity, this piece was updated in May 2018. As HR professionals, we may not need to be experts in math and statistics. But most of us need to have a foundational understanding of compensation metrics. After all, knowing what the key comp metrics are and how to use them...
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Bona Fide Occupational Qualification Standards

BFOQ Defined: Can You Exclude Women from Certain Jobs? Can you claim a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) to exclude women from jobs that require heavy lifting or impose safety risks? In most cases, the answer is “probably not,” unless you want to face a law suit for discrimination against hiring women....
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A Manageable Work Day

How to Leave the Office at 5 By Sara Eckel The recession has certainly been hard on the people who have lost their jobs, but it’s also taken its toll on those left behind. As staff sizes shrink, employees are under more pressure than ever to do more work in less time....
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Housekeeper Jobs – Hotel Housekeeping

Name: Sharon M.Job Title: Hotel HousekeeperWhere: St. Louis Park, MNYears of Experience: 3Education: Cooper High SchoolOther Relevant Work Experience: Used to be a housekeeper in a nursing home.Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeepers. Housekeeper Jobs – Hotel Housekeeping It's easy to imagine some of the...
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Have a College Degree? Your Best and Worst Cities for Salary Growth

Have a College Degree? Your Best and Worst Cities for Salary Growth By Carol Tice The recession was kind to college graduates, new data from online salary database PayScale.com shows. Some cities showed wage growth for people with degrees of up to 15 percent since 2007. Across the nation, wages for college...
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How to Keep the Boss Happy

5 Ways You Bug Your Boss – And How to Stop By Susan Johnston Even if you get work done and generally get along with co-workers, you could have habits that bug your boss (not to mention your officemates). While these quirks may not necessarily get you fired, they certainly can keep...
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Is College a Good Investment?

Together with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, PayScale on Monday released a report on the return on investment (ROI) in education at 554 bachelor's degree granting colleges and universities All together, the PayScale College ROI Report ranked 852 possibilities, evaluating public universities for both in-state and out of state tuition costs. Why evaluate college tuition...
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Copywriter Careers – Copywriter Job Description

Name: Carol PocinaJob Title: CopywriterYears of Experience: 3Where: Minneaplis, MNEducation: Bachelor of Science in MarketingOther Relevant Work Experience: Worked on directories for community services. Talked with people that offered free services and wrote informational paragraphs for directory.Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for copywriter salary data. Copywriter Careers – Copywriter Job Description...
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Merchandising Jobs – Marketing Consultant Job Description

Name: MargJob Title: Marketing ConsultantWhere: Northeast PACurrent Employer: National Marketing CompanyYears of Experience: 6Other Relevant Work Experience: Program Coordinator/WriterEducation: BA Sociology, Assoc. Equivalency Paralegal, Assoc. EducationSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median salaries for marketers. Merchandising Jobs – Marketing Consultant Job Description Many businesses need their products to be...
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Tools for Judging College as an Investment

Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst had a thought provoking post on the Economix blog on the economics of universities, and the value of a college education. She brought up three interesting problems: Difficulty the "buyers" of a college education have in judging value Rising costs and...
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How to Stretch an Entry-Level Salary

By Susan Johnston For the class of 2010, finding a job is only half the battle. In addition to competing with more experienced workers who’ve been laid off, recent grads also face the challenge of surviving on an entry-level salary. For instance, administrative assistants with one to two years of experience earn...
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Business Career Info – Becoming a Business Consultant

Name: Philip LafeberJob Title: Business consultantCurrent Employer: MavimWhere: Amsterdam, NHYears of Experience: 6Other Relevant Work Experience: ICT analysis, process consultancyEducation: University of Amsterdam, M.Sc. in Artificial IntelligenceSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for business consultant careers.Business Career Info - Becoming a Business ConsultantIn this Salary Story, business consultant...
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What Are the Duties of a Paralegal?

Name: RitaJob Title: ParalegalCurrent Employer: Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc.Where: Fresno, CAYears of Experience: 14 yearsOther Relevant Work Experience: SecretaryEducation: Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, CA Paralegal CertificateSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median paralegal salaries. Paralegal Job Profile – How to Become a Paralegal In this Salary Story, we...
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Inbound Call Center Jobs – Customer Service Job Description

Job Title: Customer Service (in-coming call center)Current Employer: AT&TYears of Experience: 4Where: Fayetteville, NCEducation: High School DiplomaOther Relevant Work Experience: Customer Service, Clerical, Microsoft applications, Windows.Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median customer service rep salaries. Inbound Call Center Jobs – Customer Service Job Description Customer service is an important job....
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Online Teaching Jobs – Online English Instructor Job Description

Name: Latorial FaisonJob Title: Online English InstructorCurrent Employer: DeVry University OnlineWhere: Oakbrook Terrace, ILYears of Experience: 10Other Relevant Work Experience: Higher Education Administration, Public School Teacher, Poet/WriterEducation: Univ. of Virginia, 1995, BA English; VA TECH, 1997, MA English; Univ. of Phoenix, 2014, Ph.D. Higher Education Admin.Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to...
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Jobs in Social Media

Jobs in Social Media: Blog and Tweet Your Way to a New Career By Carol Tice The world of marketing has changed with the rise of social-media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Now companies are seeking their customers’ attention with tweets, videos, articles, pictures and anything else that will stir...
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Get on the Boss’s Radar

By Sara Eckel In the perfect world, the people who quietly toil away in their cubicles would be paid just as well as those who constantly broadcast their amazing achievements. But the truth is that shy, unassuming types are often overlooked at raise time. That’s why it’s important to be sure you’re...
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Worst Paying College Majors

Recently a piece on the "Worst Paying College Majors" in the Huffington Post and later on Yahoo! received a lot of attention. The list of "Worst Paying College Majors" came from our annual PayScale College Salary Report. People both hotly debated and amicably agreed upon the list of majors via 1000+ comments at...
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Outside Sales Representative Job Description

Name: Jason M.Job Title: Co-owner & main sales rep – ilocalonline.comWhere: Black Diamond, WACurrent Employer: iLocal Marketing, Inc.Years of Experience: 11 YearsOther Relevant Work Experience: Numerous Sales Jobs, Print Advertising, Internet Marketing, Telecommunications, Telemarketing, Outside SalesEducation: Green River Community College, AA Degree; Washington State UniversitySalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find...
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Internet Marketing Jobs – Digital Support Specialist

Job Title: Digital Support SpecialistYears of Experience: 2 yearsWhere: Lone Tree, COEducation: Associate of Arts in BusinessSalary: See the PayScale Research Center for median Internet advertising salaries. Internet Marketing Jobs – Digital Support Specialist Internet marketing is still a relatively new field, but one that's growing quickly as both small businesses and...
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Zig-Zag Career Paths: Where Will You Be in Five Years?

Need Help With Choosing a New Career Path? Zig-Zag Your Way to Success By Bridget Quigg Would you consider your career path “typical?” Did you move step-by-step from an assistant to a senior director in the same company? Or did you zig-zag from salesperson to set designer to sea captain? Online salary...
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Retail Merchandising Jobs: Get Paid to Keep Shop

Retail Merchandising Jobs: Get Paid to Keep Shop By Bridget Quigg From cash registers to stockrooms, the retail industry can be a great place to find a job that requires little job experience or education. What might that job pay and where can you go from there? If you work your way...
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How to Use an Employee Performance Matrix

How to Make Bigger Salaries Mean Better Business When your supervisors determine which employees will get pay increases and how much they deserve, they are making or breaking your business. How? By connecting performance to pay, or not, your managers tell your employees what sort of work ethic and attitude get rewarded...
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IT Project Manager Skill Sets

Name: Dave CooperiderJob Title: Sr. IT Project Manager/PMPYears of Experience: 8Where: Omaha, NECurrent Employer: West CorporationEducation: Project Management Institute – PMP # 329370; TAP University, Project Management Training; University of Nebraska at Omaha, AAS, Information SystemsOther Relevant Work Experience: Background managing team of project managersSalary: See the Payscale Research Center for median...
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Workplace Behavior Ethics

How to Promote Positive Ethics in the WorkplaceEthics is a fundamental business term because it can and does apply to all workplaces. Regardless of the organizational function, employees who fail to maintain an ethical standard in their workplace can raise the possibility of not only organizational corruption but also legal liabilities. In...
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Administrative Assistant Job Description

Name: Misty O.Job Title: Administrative AssistantYears of Experience: 8Where: Seattle, WACurrent Employer: I am currently unemployed, in part because I am in the process of changing careers.Other Relevant Work Experience: Temped as a legal assistant at two law firms.Education: University of Washington, BA, Communications/Advertising emphasisSalary: See the PayScale Research Center for median...
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Job Description of an Accounting Manager

Job Title: Accounting ManagerYears of Experience: 14Current Employer: Miles Sand and Gravel Co/dba Concrete Nor’WestWhere: Burlington, WAEducation: Skagit Valley College, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Office Technology, Accounting CertificateOther Relevant Work Experience: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, PayrollSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find information on an accounting manager salary. Job...
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Jobs in My Local Area

Where Are the Jobs in My Local Area? Small Business Is Hiring By Carol Tice If you've been focusing your job search on major corporations, you may be missing out on a hiring spot: small business. Small businesses employ just over half of all private-sector workers, according to the Small Business Administration,...
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Nursing and Agriculture Jobs – Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Name: Mary FlemingJob Title: Agriculture Health Nurse – Occupational Health NurseYears of Experience: 19 yearsCurrent Employer: Grady Memorial HospitalWhere: Delaware, OhioEducation: Grant Hospital School of Nursing, diploma; Capital University, BSN; Ohio State University, working for MPHOther Relevant Work Experience: RN since 1977Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median occupational health...
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Medical Jobs in Pakistan – Senior Medical Officer

Name: Dr. Noorulamin BalochJob Title: Senior Medical OfficerYears of Experience: 15 yearsWhere: Karachi, Sindh, PakistanCurrent Employer: Government of Sindh Lyari General HospitalEducation: Liaquet Medical College, MBBS, DA, Anesthesiolgy and Surgical Intensive Care, Family Planning.Other Relevant Work Experience: Rotary ward duties in surgical & medical units, emergency and casualty department, medical care in...
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Why Develop a Competitive Compensation Plan

Ways to Beat Your Competition with Your Compensation Plan By Staff Writer   Your company is likely already looking to profit in all of the obvious ways, like sell more products, buy better equipment and invest in more lucrative locations. But, has your company leadership considered that they can beat their competition with...
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Receptionist Careers – Medical Receptionist Job Description

Name: D.VegaJob Title: ReceptionistYears of Experience: 2Where: Tacoma, WAEducation: College StudentSalary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary for medical receptionist jobs. Receptionist Careers – Medical Receptionist Job Description D. Vega is a receptionist for a medical facility. As a college student, the job has turned out to be especially...
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Jobs in New Zealand – IT & Communications Manager

Name: Graham PhilipJob Title: IT and Communications ManagerYears of Experience: 5Employer: Parts And Services Ltd. Where: Taupo, New ZealandEducation: Bachelor of Electronics, Aukland Technical Institute; Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Waiariki Technical Institute; Bachelor of Computing Systems, Waiariki Technical InstituteRelevant Work Experience: TV & Electronics servicing, Sound Processing Systems Engineering at Dolby Labs...
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Paralegal Careers – Corporate Paralegal Job Description

Name: Michelle HamptonJob Title: Contract Specialist / Corporate ParalegalYears of Experience: 5Employer: Self-employed; previously employed as VP Contracts Specialist at IT company Where: Columbus, OHEducation: AA-AS Degree in Legal Safety & Justice from CSCC (ABA approved)Other Relevant Experience: Over 10 years of paralegal/business experienceSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median...
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Fastest Growing Jobs in America

Fastest Growing Jobs in America By Carol Tice Wouldn't it be great to know which jobs will see growing demand in the future? Useful job growth statistics sure would help with planning a career change, or even with picking a college major. Turns out, you don't need a crystal ball to find...
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Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant Description

Name: Lars CarlsonJob Title: Marketing Assistant / Administrative AssistantYears of Experience: ? yearOther Relevant Work Experience: 5 years of basic administrative, clerical & computer skills in US Army and inventory manager at office furniture installation firm.Employer: Northwest Territorial MintWhere Do You Currently Do This Work? Auburn, WAEducation: B.A. Marketing from UW; Specialty...
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Employee Competency Checklist

Employee Core Competencies - A Proven Tool for an Organization's Success “Hi, you got a minute?” It’s your fourth interruption this morning. It’s Sally, the Operations Manager. You know when she says, “Do you have a minute?” it usually means, “Do you have a half hour?” She comes in and sits down in your guest...
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Banking and Finance Jobs – Assistant Branch Manager

Job Title: Assistant Branch Manager Where: Montreal, Canada Years of Experience: 2 years Education: Bachelor of Commerce Related Experience: Financial Service Manager for 3 years; Customer Service Manager for 2 years.Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for banking and finance jobs, including an assistant branch manager salary. Banking...
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Cities with the Best Jobs for 2010

Cities with the Best Jobs in 2010 By Siri Anderson Where can you find the best jobs in the U.S.? If you are you considering relocating to a friendlier economic climate, PayScale can help you decide which new area will have the best opportunities for job growth and high wages. The following...
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Qualifications to Become a Teacher

Looking for Better Job Security? Consider Becoming a Teacher By Thea Nyberg With the current economy causing many people to consider a job transition, teaching positions are more popular than ever. “Education is one of a handful of sectors that has actually added jobs in this recession.” says Cheryl Palmer, a career...
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Travel and Tourism Jobs – Salary for Marketing Assistant

Name: Karen MartelJob Title: Administrative and Marketing AssistantWhere: North Battleford, Saskatchewan, CanadaYears of Experience: 5 yearsEducation: Lampeter comprehensive, Cardigan College FE, SW London Poly: STEC VICEmployer: Battlefords TourismSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average salary for marketing assistant jobs. Marketing Assistant Job – Travel and Tourism Industry Marketing for...
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Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor Job Description

Name: Vincenta Castillo Job Title: Deputy Head HousekeeperWhere: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United KingdomYears of Experience: 12 yearsEducation: Teesside University Diploma on Business Information Technology and ManagementEmployer: Mcdonald Old Swan Hotel, Mcdonald Gisborough Hall HotelSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeeper. Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor Hotel housekeeping is...
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Building Maintenance Career

Name: Eddy Wedertz, Sr.Job Title: Retail Store Building Maintenance SupervisorWhere: Fort Myers, FLYears of Experience: 21 yearsEducation: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, Air-conditioning major, Math and Electrical minors.Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of a building maintenance supervisor. Building Maintenance Supervisor The importance of building maintenance is...
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HR Guide to Holiday Parties

9 Tips to Limit Holiday Office Party Legal Exposure ‘Tis the season for holiday parties and the spreading of good cheer in the workplace. Unfortunately, though, too much cheer can cause liability. If your plans include serving alcohol at holiday parties or even sponsoring department “happy hours” at a local pub, your...
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Temporary Employee Laws

Legal Smarts: Hiring Temporary Employees The holidays are coming up, which can mean hiring temporary workers in retail and other industries. Do you know how to protect yourself against claims of unfair pay, benefits requests payments, and other temporary employee legal issues? Temporary employee laws abound so it’s important that you’re well...
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Budget-Wise Resources and Questions to Ask When Changing Careers

Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers By Carol Tice  In the past, people often called Boston career coach Randi Bussin because they were thinking about changing careers. In 2009, most of her clients had to change careers due to layoffs, cutbacks or company closures. With whole sectors shrinking, from financial to...
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Area of Consideration: Federal Jobs

Some Job Seekers’ Top Area of Consideration? Federal Jobs By Amber Johnson Corporate America’s recent tumble took jobs and confidence away from millions. New opportunities, job security, and benefits may seem scarce, but experts say you can find them all right now by taking one of the many government jobs available. Jobs...
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The Core Role of Human Resources

Name: Rossy White Job Title: Human Resurces Consultant Where: Fort Myers, FL Years of Experience: 10 yearsEducation: Marketing Degree; Master's Degree in Human Resources AdministrationSalary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a human resources consultant. Human Resources Consultant Rossy White is a highly trained HR superstar. She has...
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President of Seattle Remodeling Services Company

Name: Bill BevanJob Title: President of Remodeling Services CompanyWhere: Lynwood, WA – Greater Seattle AreaEmployer: Bevan's, Inc. – Seattle, WA Remodeling ServicesYears of Experience: 20 years of general contracting and remodelingEducation: Ballard High SchoolSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average general contractor salary. Career Profile: President of Remodeling Services...
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Operations Program Manager Role and Responsibilities

Name: Henry CubillanJob Title: Sales Operations Program ManagerWhere: Round Rock, TXEmployer: Dell, Inc.Years of Experience: 3Education: Goucher College, BA; Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA; Project Management Institute, PMP CertificationSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median Sales Manager Salary. Sales Operations Program Manager Role and Responsibilities  Henry Cubillan is...
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Careers In Biology – Molecular Biologist Profile

Name: Shawn Hodges Job Title: Molecular Biologist Where: Newark, CA Employer: Complete Genomics Years of Experience: 6.5 Education: University of California, Davis, B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, minor in Economics; Santa Rosa Jr. College, A.A. & A.S. Biochemistry transfer & Engineering Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find salary data for molecular...
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How to Find Training for a Green Job

Green Works:  Low-Cost Training for a Green Job
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Finance Careers – Security Pricing Specialist

Name: Jason Richards Job Title: Security Pricing Specialist Where: Boston, MA Employer: Bank of New York Mellon Years of Experience: 7 years Education: Eastern Nazarene College, Business Management Degree. Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the Average Salary for a Securities Career. Finance Careers – Security Pricing Specialist Jason Richards is a...
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Secrets of a Discount Designer Clothing Boutique Owner

Name: Betty LinJob Title: Small Business Owner,Discount Designer Clothing BoutiqueWhere: betty lin — Seattle, WashingtonYears of Experience: 25 years of fashion experienceOther Relevant Work Experience: retail, department store, specialty storeEducation: BS Business Administration, Marketing San Francisco State UniversitySalary: Research Retail Salaries by job title. Retail Careers – Owning Your Own Discount Designer Clothing Boutique ...
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Motivating After a Layoff

Motivating After a Layoff By Bridget Quigg Reggie Case* doesn’t need a regular paycheck to make him feel secure. He’s already decided he can survive this recession. But a stable income and benefits were nice while they lasted. Reggie, 42, husband, father of two, and a construction project manager with only a high-school...
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Private vs. Public Universities: Is CalPoly Better than USC?

Looking at the PayScale data on the pay of college graduates, I was struck again by how very different schools can produce graduates who earn similar salaries. My favorite example is comparing the University of Southern California (USC) to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California Polytechnic State...
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How Long Can I Carry COBRA Insurance After My Job Loss?

10 Top To-Dos After You’re Laid Off By Molly Hallman “I just called you in here to let you know that — you’re ‘getting it.’” That’s how a trusted co-worker once kindly gave me the heads-up that I was on the layoff list. However eloquently or not your pink slip was delivered,...
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What Are Frequently Asked Interview Questions?

Be Interview Savvy: How to Ask Critical Interview Questions By Siri Anderson You just landed an interview. You’re excited. You’re nervous. And, your head is full of questions about how to come across as the perfect candidate: What should I wear? What should I say? What are the frequently asked interview questions...
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Using PayScale’s Data as a Retention Tracking System of College Students

Better Pay Far Away: Which States’ College Graduates Stay or Go By Bridget Quigg If you graduate from West Virginia University, chances are you’ll take your education and job skills out-of-state once you’ve tossed your cap – adding to their college graduate retention problem. In fact, PayScale.com, a salary information website, completed...
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Outsourcing: Is It a Good Idea? Not for U.S. Job Seekers

Well-Paid Jobs That Won’t Be Outsourced By Carol Tice Outsourcing, is it a good idea? Not for U.S. job seekers. Fortunately, some industries still need workers here at home. Not so long ago, having advanced computer skills was considered the ultimate in job security. However, times have changed. Now, tech jobs are among the...
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Nonprofit Careers in Demand – Program Manager

Name: Pamela Banks-JohnsonJob Title: Program Specialist, Assistant DirectorWhere: Piscataway, NJ Years of Experience: 15+Education: Keller Graduate School of Management, MPA – Concentration in Nonprofit ManagementSalary: See PayScale's Research Center for median Nonprofit Salaries, including the Salary for a Nonprofit Program Manager.Nonprofit Careers in Demand - Program Manager Working in a nonprofit organization is not only...
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Nursing Jobs – Neonatal Nursing Career

Name: DonnaJob Title: Licensed Practical NurseWhere: Loris, SCEmployer: Not GivenYears of Experience: 9Education: Brunswick Community College: Diploma; Neonatal resuscitation program instructor Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the median LPN salary range. Neonatal Nursing Career Donna has a passion for labor. No, not construction work, but the hardest labor of all, delivering a baby....
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What is the Job Description of a Technical Writer?

Name: Tricia SullivanJob Title: Senior Tech WriterWhere: St. Petersburg, FLEmployer: Raymond JamesYears of Experience: 30Education: Downers Grove High School College of DuPage – JournalismSalary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median technical writer salaries. Sr. Technical Writer Career Tricia Sullivan not only shatters the stereotype of boring technical writer jobs – she makes them sound interesting...
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How Do I Find Where Someone Works For Free?

Should You Work For Free to Get a Job? By Molly Hallman On May 7, 2009 about 400 people showed up at a bar in San Francisco to meet other people and find out if they were a good fit for each other. No, this was not a dating mixer. This was...
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List of Service Jobs

Top Community Service Jobs and Their Salaries By Molly Hallman A study by the Corporation for National and Community Service showed that more people are volunteering today than any time since 1974, with the adult volunteer rate jumping more than 32 percent since 1989. As the trend toward civic-mindedness increases, many are...
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Variable Pay Compensation

Implementing a Variable Pay Compensation Strategy: What to Beware Of How do you reward top performers and keep employees loyal during tighter times? In a previous post I suggested a variable pay program as a way to incentivize your employees to stay with the company and help it reach its goals....
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Determining Supervisor Pay Grades

What Is Fair? Supervisor vs. Employee Pay GradesIn my time both in the military and civilian workforces, I’ve always been curious to know more about what weighs on my supervisors from day to day. Such things as scope of supervisor responsibilities, everyday demands, and supervisory skills required for them do their...
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Top Jobs Created from the Stimulus Plan

Trickle-Down Jobs from the Stimulus Plan Claudine Benmar Follow the Obama dollars. That's the advice career expert Stephen Viscusi has for millions of unemployed workers who hope the federal stimulus plan will stimulate their job search. What Jobs Will Be Created from the Stimulus Plan? The industries most likely to benefit from...
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Top Paying Undergraduate Degree Majors: Which List is Right?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) released their annual list of top 15 paying undergraduate majors yesterday. They are a little late: We released the PayScale list of salary by major last week 🙂 While the top level take away – starting pay is highest for engineering and other technical...
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PayScale’s 2009 College Graduate Salary Report

On Monday we released our 2009 College Graduate Salary Report. This is a successor to our salary report last year. In this report, we calculate the typical earnings of starting and mid-career bachelor’s degree graduates of US colleges and universities. Catherine Rampell wrote a good story for the The New York Times Economix blog...
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Predicting Future Wages is Hard, Even When Budgeted

World at Work released the preliminary results for the 2010 salary budget survey. While its predictions for next year are interesting, what is really fascinating is the difference between predictions and reality for this year. Back in May 2008, employers looked at their budgets, and predicted raises for the coming year. This...
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Hotel Careers – Hotel Manager Salary

Name: Alissa Job Title: Hotel Property ManagerWhere: Jasper, AlabamaYears of Experience: 3Other Relevant Work Experience: Desk ClerkEducation: West Limestone High School graduateSalary: Use PayScale’s Research Center to find the median hotel manager salary.Hotel Careers – Hotel Manager Salary “I clean anything that needs to be cleaned, fix anything that needs to be fixed, and I work non-stop from 8:00am until...
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7 Great Second Jobs for Extra Income

7 Great Second Jobs for Extra Income By Cherie L. Berkley Strapped for cash? Many people are in these trying times. With high unemployment, salary cuts, and the rising cost of living, plenty of Americans are looking for ways to earn extra income. What's a good second job? Check out these seven...