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Why ESG Policies Matter for Gender Equality at Work Webinar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Webinar

The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Pay Equity – Recording The possibility of a federal minimum wage increase is a red-hot topic in HR right now. Although a provision to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2025 failed to pass Congress in March 2021, the issue is not resolved. The...
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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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Why Isn’t My Workplace More Diverse?

This blog post is an excerpt from our newest study, “The Impact of Job Referrals on Employee Engagement and Workforce Diversity.” Between April 24, 2017 and August 25, 2017, PayScale asked 53,000 workers if they had received a referral. Because respondents also provided demographic information and details on their current position, we...
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A Referral Can Get You the Job, But Can It Get You More Money?

This blog post is an excerpt from our newest study, The Impact of Job Referrals on Employee Engagement and Workforce Diversity. Between April 24, 2017 and August 25, 2017, PayScale asked 53,000 workers if they had received a referral. Because respondents also provided demographic information and details on their current position, we...
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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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Top 10 Company Perks from the 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report

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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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Research Reports

  Research Reports Make smart business decisions with research reports on modern compensation trends. Resource Hub Whitepapers Webinars Research Reports Videos Comp Tools The PayScale Index: United States Download The PayScale Index: Canada Download 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report Download 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report: Canadian Edition Download Job Skills Movers and...
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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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Soft Skills for Career Success

You’ve read the article before. You know, the monthly exposé about Millennials in the workforce and how they make for lazy, entitled hires whose sole contribution is supreme smart phone usage. Baby Boomers and GenXers just don’t understand. While we don’t want to give more airtime to the millennials vs. their elders...
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Spending on Leadership Programs is on the Rise

Organizations are increasingly willing to invest in training and development for managers. According to a recent survey by The Conference Board and Right Management, more businesses are expected to increase spending on leadership development programs in the next 12 months. The survey found that spending on leadership programs is likely to rise...
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How to Negotiate a Higher Salary [infographic]

Many people are not satisfied with their current salary, especially as the cost of living continues to rise. However, asking for a raise and negotiating the appropriate salary is a task most will shy away from. The infographic below from Grad School Hub gives you tips and tricks on how to become...
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Salary and Career News Round Up: Taco Bell’s Social Media Mess, Big Businesses Avoiding Taxes and Companies That Offer Work-Life Balance

Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week. An image of an alleged Taco Bell employee licking taco shells has been making the rounds across social media sites, causing a media nightmare for the fast food giant. Apple...
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How America Gets to Work [Infographic]

How America Gets to Work [Infographic]According to the millions of people who have taken PayScale’s Salary Survey, the median national commute time is 24 minutes. But how does everybody actually get to work? To answer that question, PayScale just published a new infographic revealing how workers in different US cities get to...
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What If All Offices Went Green? [infographic]

It’s amazing what a difference it can make when a company chooses to go green. As this MetroFax.com infographic demonstrates, it can be beneficial for every one of us. Many employers, such as tech giant Microsoft, offer shuttles that carry their employees to and from work. This simple gesture from companies in...
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PayScale: Helping You Negotiate Your Salary, One #PayChat at a Time.

By Evan Rodd, PayScale.com  By now you hopefully know all about #PayChat. Here’s a little refresher, just in case you’ve been offline for the last few weeks. Every month, PayScale hosts a Twitter Chat where we address all those burning questions that can only be answered with PayScale data. Today, the topic...
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CEO Pay in Perspective: Infographic

Nobody thinks being the CEO of a huge company is an easy job, so it makes sense that these bigwigs get big paychecks for their hard work. But when you compare the salaries of some CEOs to what their average workers earn, the difference can be a little mind-boggling. PayScale just published...
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The Wall Street Journal Asks “Is Your Degree Is Really Worth It?”

Navigating the path to higher education can be daunting. There are an overwhelming number of variables to consider, and finances usually sit right at the top of the list. The rising cost of education has ushered in an ongoing debate about how we measure the return on investment (ROI) of a college...
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For the College-Bound, Are There Any Safe Bets? PayScale Joins The Debate

There was a time when a college degree was a quick route to a long, stable career. Nowadays deciding what to study in college can become the difference between success and a lifetime as an over-educated barista.  PayScale.com has long been a great resource to help students decide what to study and where to attend...
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Forget March Madness – Which School Will Win Salary Madness?

March Madness is currently sweeping the nation and working all college basketball fans into a school pride frenzy. But, PayScale dares to ask the question, after basketball season comes to a close, which school's graduates will come out on top when it comes to salary post-graduation? Think you can guess? Then head...
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3 Personal Branding Tips Everyone Needs to Know

By Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, PayScale.com Whether you like it or not, if you're a working person, you have a personal brand. Figuring out what that brand is and communicating it effectively to potential employers are some of the most important things you can do to make your job hunt a success....
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Top 5 Worst Bosses [Infographic]

We've all been there. From a micro-manager who insists upon telling us how to forward an email for the 16th time to the boss who manages from afar, sending 47 email at four in the morning, yet never making an appearance in the office, a horrible boss is enough to make any...
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Behind the Dish: Work Life on a Chef’s Salary

By Brian Steel, PayScale.com The last time you sat down for a delicious meal in a fancy restaurant, did you wonder about the chefs who prepared it?  Here at PayScale, we always want to know more about the people who work in one of the 13,000 job titles on which we gather...
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PayScale Gets Swink’d: Best Office Hair

We've all been there. It's after lunch on a crazy Wednesday at the office and you just happen to glance a peek at yourself in the reflection of your computer screen. Your hair looks as frazzled as you feel. Many of us resort to the emergency ponytail, grabbing the rubber band from...
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Marissa Mayer: Innovator or Company Killer?

In nearly every survey taken of the American worker, "job flexibility" features at the top of the list of the perks employees dream about. Many tech companies pride themselves on offering their employees the option to telecommute, create their own schedule, or work from home on an as-needed basis. In our ever-changing...
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PayScale’s Scary Fridge Photo Contest

It starts simply, usually with a sign. "This fridge will be cleaned out on X date. All items not labeled will be thrown away." But then X date passes and the fridge remains full. Worse, it begins to smell. As time passes, people avoid opening the fridge because it's too scary and...
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Introducing #PayChat

Here at PayScale, we work diligently to help you with your career. From helping you figure out your salary potential to doing whatever we can to help you meet your career goals and #MakeItHappen, we are on Team You. And because we are your biggest cheerleaders, we are always thinking of new...
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Battling Underemployment in Today’s Market

The person who made your latte this morning likely holds a college degree that has nothing to do with being a barista. Nearly 13 percent of 18-29 year-olds can't find work. Even worse, nearly half of all American graduates in 2010 held jobs for which they were overqualified and underpaid. Put simply,...
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Love at Work: When Coworkers Marry

Last week, after we released our Office Romance Report, we asked you to tell us your most romantic work stories. Turns out, many of you met your spouse in the office. In honor of Valentine's Day, we at PayScale are wearing red, eating chocolate, and getting a little mushy over your stories. Grab...
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Office Fashion Week: Playing Dress-Up

In honor of Fashion Week, we decided to play dress-up here at PayScale. We partnered with style-maven Jess Estrada, the Seattle-based author of Fresh Jess, fashion and style blog. Jess joined us at Old Navy, where she put together a few office-chic looks for Aubrey Bach, our Consumer Product Marketing Manager. Read...
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Who’s Finding Love at Work?

When you go to work, are you just hoping for a decent paycheck and a job you enjoy? Or, are you also hoping to meet the love of your life? With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the data geeks at PayScale wondered: who is finding love at work? We asked our users to...
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I Dream of a Flexible Work Schedule

Let's play a game where we daydream about our ideal job. What's the title? (Supreme Majesty of Everything) How much money will we make? (Eleventy billion dollars) And, most importantly, what will our schedule be? For this week's #CasualFriday topic, we asked PayScale users to dream a little dream about the best...
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The $99,000 Burrito

When we have a team lunch to celebrate the latest site release, someone always suggests/insists upon going to Chipotle. Why? Because it's delicious, of course. Cilantro-lime rice is addictive, it would seem. According to this article from CBS, these tasty burritos can also be lucrative. So how are Chipotle employees earning the...
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The 50 Best Employers in America

The equation seems impossible, at first glance. love(job) + paycheck(high) = X? It's got to be a trick question. But wait! Not so! Business Insider teamed up with PayScale to solve for X and it turns out, X = employers(awesome). With the scary math behind us, we can turn our attention to...
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Make It Happen Career Goal Round-Up

Happy Friday! It's been a great week here at PayScale, spent crunching data and finding the best career advice we can, all to help you achieve your goals. We are your 24/7 cheerleaders, excited to see you #MakeItHappen. In case you missed them, here are our favorite blog posts, all about making...
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5 Undesirable Jobs that Pay

For this week's Casual Friday topic, we asked our users to tell us what jobs they would hate to have. We pulled the top five most common answers and, for fun, consulted our data to see how much these jobs pay. We learned it can pay big money to take a job...
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7 Confessions of Job Interviews Gone Wrong

When it comes to interviewing for a new job, first impressions are everything. You want to project confidence, ability, and professionalism. Some people were born to be interviewed, while others are forced to learn from their mistakes. We asked PayScale users to tell us the error of their interview ways. So the...
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The 10 Commandments of Productivity

As I settled in to write this post, I did three things. First, I did a quick Google search on productivity. Next, I asked my Facebook friends for their favorite tips on improving productivity. Finally, I opened a blank document and typed the title of the post. That process took four minutes....
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Ace the Job Interview with Pamela Skillings

When it comes to finding a job, a resume can only take you so far. The impression you make in an interview can often be the reason you are (or aren't) offered that job. So how can you make sure you are interviewing like a rock star? The first step is by...
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Learn How to Network With Sandy Jones-Kaminski

Learning how to network effectively is one of the best things you can do for your career, but it’s something that many people find intimidating. Well, if you’re feeling shy, PayScale is here to hold your hand. This Thursday, January 17, at 10:30am PST, you can connect directly with the expert herself...
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Tales from the Office: Co-Workers from Hell

No matter how much you enjoy your job, it only takes one annoying co-worker to make you want to take a sick day. We asked PayScale users to tell us what irritates them most when it comes to the people they work with. If you have a co-worker whose behavior makes you...
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5 Most-Read Career Stories of 2012

For many of us, the new year is a chance to start fresh. A clean slate can be as exciting as a blank sheet of paper or a full carton of Cherry Garcia. Still, we want to be sure we remember the lessons we learned in 2012. In that spirit, we decided...
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Who Wins the College Salary BCS Championship?

Tonight's final game in College Bowl Season is the BCS National Championship, which pits Notre Dame against Alabama. We decided to predict the winner based on our favorite data — salary data. In the fight for the championship and bragging rights forever, which team wins based on salary potential of their graduates?...
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Who Wins the College Salary Cotton Bowl?

Texas A&M University is up against OU in the Cotton Bowl Classic tonight. If the winner were chosen based on salary potential after graduation, who would win? Would the Aggies beat the Sooners? As you can see, Aggie earnings surpass OU earnings by $11,000. Sorry, OU. There's no boomer in this match-up. Gig...
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December Jobs Report Unsurprising, Strong Job Growth Not Expected in 2013

Despite the economic uncertainty caused by the fiscal cliff, 155,000 jobs were added in December, which was on par for 2012 where the average number of monthly jobs added was 153,000. This monthly gain brought the year-end total of jobs created to 1.84 million. The unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised...
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5 Ways to Turn a Resolution Into Reality

As the calendar turns from December to January, it isn't uncommon to take a hard look at your life in order to determine where to make changes. The clean slate of the new year is a powerful motivator and many of us could use a fresh start. But, how do you keep...
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Who Wins the College Salary Fiesta Bowl?

In today's college bowl game match-up, the University of Oregon faces off with Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. When it comes to post-graduation earning potential, will the Ducks trample the Wildcats? With average mid-career earnings of over $77K, the Ducks barely squeak in a victory over Kansas State's $75K potential....
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Who Wins the College Salary Sugar Bowl?

College Bowl season is in full swing. In today's Sugar Bowl, the University of Florida Gators square off against the University of Louisville Cardinals. If the winner were determined by salary potential after graduation, who would win? With mid-career earnings at $10,000 higher than their opponents, Gator graduates are the clear winners...
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Set a Career Goal and You Could Win an Extra Paycheck

When it comes to your career, have you thought about what you'd like to change? Maybe you want to earn more money or finally earn that promotion. Or, perhaps, you might be ready to switch careers and start over in a new field. Big career goals like that can be daunting —...
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Make Work More Fun With Office Toys

There are many sounds that make up the background noise of the PayScale office. At any given moment, I can hear my co-workers giggling over a YouTube video (maybe this one of the Kitty Cat dance -- note: it's catchy and awesome), playing ping pong, and sometimes involved in an epic battle, pitting...
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5 Ways to Deal with Underemployment

Many of us are familiar with unemployment, but how many of us understand what it is to be underemployed? When a person is underemployed, he or she is working at a level far below his or her skill set and experience. In today's economy, espcially for Gen Y workers trying to break...
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How To Read Your Salary Report

You already know that PayScale.com is the place to go to quickly generate a personalized Salary Report that tells you exactly how your total compensation compares to people like you. (And if you don’t know that, go complete your Salary Report right now.) You probably have even spent some time poking around...
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Behind the Beard: Conversations with a Santa

Earlier this week, we wrote about the business of Santa photography. We interviewed Dave Mickelson of Arthur and Associates, a leading Pacific Northwest Santa company. As a special treat, Dave connected me with Santa Russ, one of A&A's most beloved Santa characters. Santa Russ shared with me the incredible responsibility that comes...
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The Art of the Thank-You Note

Congratulations! You just finished a job interview and it went very well. Now what? Sit at home and wait for the phone to ring? Nope! It's time to write a thank you note to the person who interviewed you. But what to say?  First, you might be wondering how important it is...
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The PayScale Salary Bowl [Infographic]

For many of us, January 1st represents a new beginning, a clean slate, and a chance to make significant changes in our lives. For college football fans, January 1st signifies the start of something else: College Bowl Games. While many fans are looking to the season stats to predict the winners, we...
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Behind the Beard: The Business of Santa

Perhaps you remember the first time you sat on Santa's lap as a child, if your family was into that sort of thing. Maybe you can recall clearly the nervous anticipation you felt in line, the awe you felt as you approached Santa Claus, in the flesh, and the joy you felt...
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5 Tips for Managing Up

One of the quickest ways to ensure a miserable office life is having a poor relationship with your manager or supervisor. Whether you have trouble communicating or your manager just isn't cut out for managing people, the relationship you have with your boss can determine the course of your career. So, what...
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How to Use Social Media to Find a Job

When it comes to finding a job, sometimes who you know matters more than what you know. But, what is the best way to leverage your social networks to find your dream job? Read on for tips about how to navigate the social waters of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, so you can...
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Is it a Good Time to Ask for a Promotion?

Of course you want to grow in your career — nobody wants to be doing the same job forever. But when it comes to taking that next step up the corporate ladder, timing is everything. Knowing when to broach the subject of a promotion is as important as documenting why you deserve...
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5 Step Salary Negotiation Guide

Negotiating a new salary can be intimidating, whether you are asking for a raise or accepting a new job offer. The better prepared you are for the conversation, the more likely it is that you will get the salary you deserve. Arm yourself with an arsenal of information and read on for...
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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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9 Tips for Applying for Jobs Online

How did you find your last job? Chances are you applied for your current position online rather than by sending your resume by fax. In today's tech world, many job applications and initial screenings are done online. So, how can you give yourself the best shot at an interview? Colin Day, founder and...
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The Tipping Point: How Tips Impact Wages [infographic]

For the person who waits tables for a living, few things are more intense than the fear of being stiffed on the tip. Restaurant servers know what I'm talking about. When it is the end of the month and you have one more Saturday night shift left before rent is due, you...
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Marissa Mayer’s Advice: “Ruthlessly Prioritize”

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, is in the news again. The new mother made headlines when, after giving birth in August, she took just two weeks of maternity leave. Recently, she spoke at Fortune Magazine's "Most Power Women" dinner and shared the secret of her success: ruthless prioritization.  When it comes to her...
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New Features at PayScale — Employer Q&A, More Employer Research, Social Integrations

Here at PayScale, we are dedicated to helping you know your worth, interact with your professional network, and get timely, practical career advice. Our newest release expands different areas of our site, adding features that could help you move your career forward. Curious? Read on to learn about the new things that...
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Holiday Gift Budgets Reflect Sluggish Economy

The dishes are clean, the leftovers are long gone, and holiday excitement is in the air. Today is Cyber Monday, the day many websites have their own Black Friday-esque deals and steals. With holiday gift giving on our minds here at the PayScale office, we wondered how budgets have changed since last...
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Are You a Copycat of Your Boss?

Picture this scenario: you are hunched over your desk, working furiously to meet a deadline, when a co-worker walks by and smiles at you. Do you smile back or do you keep your expression passive and return to your work? The answer depends largely on status and authority. Our reaction to people...
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Today in Hellish Commutes

How do you get to work every day? Whether you drive your car, ride a bike, take the subway or bus, or even walk, you probably have your share of commuting horror stories. Or, you did until you saw Michael Wolf's photographs of Tokyo commuters.  Wolf gets flinchingly close to his subjects,...
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5 Easy Ways to Pay It Forward on LinkedIn

The holiday season has arrived, which for many symbolizes a time of giving. To maximize your joy between now and New Year's Day, set aside a half hour each week to show some gratitude to your connections on LinkedIn. Here are five easy ways you can pay it forward this holiday season....
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Fly the Happiest Skies [infographic]

When I was a kid, I thought flight attendants had the most glamorous job. All that travel, all that small talk with strangers, plus surely they were allowed to eat any extra slices of cake. (Side note: remember when airlines served cake? Bring that back, guys.) Between the unlimited cake and fancy...
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Election Stats: PayScale Users Pick the President

This election season, PayScale has enjoyed wearing a pollster hat to bring you our predictions for the presidential race, based on the data collected from our users. We've broken your responses down to make an educated guess about how women, or geeks, or nurses might vote. But how are PayScale users planning...
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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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Election Stats: Geeks vs. Execs: Candidate Choice

Are you the type of geek who waxes philosophical about the upcoming election while creating smart solutions to consumers' software needs? Or are you an executive who talks politics between budget approval meetings? Here at PayScale, we're the kind of data-nuts who love to categorize people according to their answers to our...
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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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Election Stats: Self-Employed vs. Non-Profit Workers

Where do you work everyday? Who signs your paycheck? And, how do you plan to vote in the presidential election? In our continued investigation of where Romney and Obama are getting their support, we compared two different types of workers: those who work for themselves versus those who work at non-profits. Can...
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Energy Wages Are Hot, Hot, Hot

Over the last few weeks, we've been sharing positive news about wages in every industry, metro and job category covered by The PayScale Index. In Boston, wages are up. For small companies? Same story. "But," you ask, "where are has wage growth been strongest and fastest of all?" One leader stands out:...
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Halloween Special: Life’s Pretty Sweet at Hershey’s

Imagine drinking in the scent of sweet milk chocolate and roasting peanuts for hours on end, all while earning a living. Sound too delicious to be true? We're talking about life as an employee of The Hershey Company, the makers of some of your favorite Halloween trick-or-tweet treats. Founded in rural Lancaster,...
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Unemployment and Wage Trends: Is There a Connection?

When we heard the bad news about unemployment over the last few years, wages went down in many industries and towns, according to our PayScale Index. Do wages always drop when unemployment rises? Since we’ve been tracking wage trends since 2006, we figured we’d take a look back six years and see...
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Gen Y Report: Head (North)West, Gen Y!

PayScale’s "Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more. Today we look at the report to find the best metro area for Gen Y workers who are looking to build strong careers in an exciting city. Seattle Shines Out of...
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Conversations with PayScale: Public Relations Specialist

With the election just 22 days away, we at PayScale find ourselves discussing the jobs available in the political arena. What is it like to be a speech writer? What does a lobbyist do all day? And is there a job where we can just hang out at the White House, quoting...
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PayScale Is Keeping Up with the Kardashians… and Your Salary Potential

In case you missed it, in an article titled, "These Two Salary Data Sources Will Help You Prove That You Deserve A Raise", Business Insider’s Brazenist column recently compared PayScale to Kim Kardashian. We know, the analogy sounds weird, but whenever a major media outlet recognizes us for “blazing a new trail when...
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Election Stats: What You Earn vs. How You Vote [infographic]

How much do Romney and Obama supporters typically earn? PayScale surveyed its users and found there there is a very specific pay range where the two candidates trade the lead: $75,000 – $100,000 per year. From under $25,000 per year to around $75,000, Obama has a strong lead, but as soon as...
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Wages Are Rising: Time for Your Paycheck Checkup

After quarter-upon-quarter of sad, recession-era wage news, we have something happy to tell you. According to the results of The PayScale Index for Q3 2012, we are two quarters into economy-wide wage increases for the first time since 2007. Sure, things aren’t perfect and the country has seen better employment statistics (though...
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Middle Income Workers Feeling the Crunch

By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com It came up in the recent presidential debate several times, with Mitt Romney saying, “Middle-income Americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. This is a tax in and of itself. I'll call it the economy tax. It's been crushing.” Certainly, the Great Recession is to blame...
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Quantitative Easing: What Is It and How Does It Affect You?

By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com Early in September, the Fed announced that they would be pursuing a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). There has been plenty of debate over how well the first two rounds performed and how this round is expected to perform, but I thought I would take the tack...
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Gen Y Report: Gen Y Kids Are Nerdy Go-Getters

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 embracing science and entrepreneurism. PayScale and Millennial Branding's recent "Gen Y on the Job" study shows that Gen Y is more likely to choose the following...
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Choosing a College? Check PayScale’s Latest Rankings by Salary Potential

Choosing a college? Unless you're well-funded, you may have over $200,000 in tuition and expenses to deal with once you have your degree. If you want to make a decision that accounts for paying off those loans one day, PayScale can help. Check out our most recent version of the PayScale College...
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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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Threat to Teachers’ Job Security Looms Large in Chicago Strike

By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com The Chicago teachers’ strike is continuing to drag on and may spell trouble for the Obama campaign. The Obama connections are numerous—Chicago, unions, Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, just to name a few. But perhaps the biggest connection between Obama and this strike is what the teachers are fighting...
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StartupLab: Linking Gen Y Entrepreneurs with Mentors

One of the biggest challenges facing today's young worker is underemployment. Simply put, due to the limited job market, many Gen Y workers are working in jobs far beneath their qualifications. To combat this, many members of the Internet Generation have pursued startups, causing a boom in young entrepreneurialship. But who is...
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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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4 Simple Steps to Making the Most of LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become a Wall Street darling and a crucial player in many recruiting and job hunt efforts. If you are a job seeker, career ladder climber, or career coach, you should know about the following four LinkedIn optimization tricks. 1) Make it easy to connect: If you haven’t yet, you should...
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Low-Cost Tools to Give Your Career an Edge

The current unemployment rate in the U.S. stands at 8.1 percent. With job prospects seeming bleak, more workers are opting to continue their education, learning new skills that will hopefully give them an edge in the competitive job market. Enter Treehouse (https://teamtreehouse.com/), an online learning database for graphic designers and computer programmers...
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Gen Y Needs to Pick Up the Phone

Chris Moates entered the workforce in 1984, at age 14, working at a drugstore the summer before entering high schol. Since then, he has held a variety of jobs and has interacted all kinds of people in the workplace. What does he think of some of the newest workers to arrive on...
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Gen Y Has Great Job Skills, But Few Great Jobs

Gen Y workers need jobs, "real" jobs. In her interview on "Coach Me Radio" hosted by Caroline Dowd-Higgins, PayScale's lead analyst Katie Bardaro highlighted the underemployment of this well-educated generation, as well as the types of jobs for which they are best suited. What to hear the details? Listen to Bardaro's conversation...
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Does It Matter Where You Go to School?

In a time of rising education costs and crippling student debt, future college students need to ask themselves whether the big ticket prices of certain colleges are worth it. In other words, does it matter where you go to school? Will graduating from a top-tier school bring you more financial success? Using...
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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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Listen to Gen Y Report Interview on “Coach Me Radio”

PayScale's lead data analyst, Katie Bardaro, will be a guest on Coach Me Radio with Caroline Dowd Higgins today at 5:30 pm EDT/2:30 pm PDT. Katie will be discussing PayScale's "Gen Y on the Job" report, featuring Millennials' work preferences, education level and typical pay. Katie will also be taking audience questions...
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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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Your School’s Secrets Revealed

Pomona College or Penn State University? PayScale can tell you which college is most likely to lead to a high-paying job after you graduate. But, what is it actually like to attend these or other schools? This question is best answered by students who have actually been there. To collect more first-hand...
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Unfair Pay Isn’t Fun for Anyone… Even Monkeys

"Take this job and shove it!" The monkey in this video may not say those words but, once it suffers unequal pay for equal work, the message is clear.  In this video, part of a TED talk given by Emory University's Dr. Frans de Waal, a Capuchin monkey has the same reaction...
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Gen Y Report: Gen Y Chooses Tech Companies

PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more. The best companies for Gen Y are all technology companies, according to PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report. The top five – ranked on Gen Y pay, percentage...
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A Look at Gen Y in the Workplace [infographic]

You've heard the rumors about Gen Y – tattoed, rebellious and very tech-smart. What are the facts? And, how does this generation function in the workplace? PayScale gathered up stats on Gen Y workers' typical education levels, job choices, salaries, favorite cities and more. See our infographic below for a look at...
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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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Gen Y Report: They Have Bachelor’s Degrees But Aren’t Using Them

PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more.  The old promise of college was that, if you could graduate, you would be almost guaranteed a job in your field. After the economic collapse, that promise is officially...
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College Students: Make the Most of Your Summer Job

Dear College Student, Your summer job is coming to an end and it is time to pack your car for the drive back to the dorms. Before you re-enter the world of all-nighters, football games, and 3 a.m. Hot Pockets with a Pop-Tart chaser, be sure you update your LinkedIn profile with...
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Which MBA Route Pays Off Best? [infographic]

How do you get the most bang for your MBA buck? It can depend on how you focus your studies. PayScale's latest infographic compares the stats for graduates of four common MBA routes: finance, marketing, technology management and human resources. What did we discover? Here are some highlights. – Finance MBAs earn...
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Will NASA’s Mohawk Guy Save Us From Business Casual Once and for All?

If corporate dress codes finally loosen up enough to permit multicolored mohawks, we’ll have one man to thank. After video of the Mars landing popped up on the internet, Curiosity flight director Bobak Ferdowsi is now even more famous for his hairdo than for his considerable accomplishments. And what a ‘do it...
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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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PayScale’s G+ Hangout on The Value of Education

How confident are you that the work you've done in school will pay off with the career and lifestyle you want? PayScale gathered experts for a Google+ hangout to share their insights on this topic and help educate current students. PayScale featured its lead data analyst, Katie Bardaro; recruitment and marketing strategist,...
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Men’s Wages Fight Back [infographic]

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

Is it important to go to college after high school? If so, how can we make college more affordable to prospective students? This week, the University of Washington hosted a town hall discussion on these questions and others related to higher education. PayScale attended to find out what we could learn about...
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You’re Better Off Healing People Than Feeding Them [infographic]

If you had to choose to wear a white coat or a white apron to work in the last six years, your bank account would probably have preferred the coat. According to PayScale’s Q2 2012 results from The PayScale Index, wages for jobs in healthcare outgrew wages in every other job category,...
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Houston Is Hotter Than You Think [infographic]

How much has your income increased or decreased since 2006? Maybe you should have moved to make more cash. According to the Q2 2012 results from The PayScale Index, if you were living in Houston, Seattle or Dallas, you might be a little richer right now. Every quarter, online salary database PayScale.com...
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Hooray! Widespread Positive Wage Trends in Q2 2012

When we say "Hip, hip" you say "Hooray!" if you'd like to help us celebrate some recent, happy wage trend news. While earnings in certain segments of the economy have been growing in the last few years, Q2 2012 marked the first quarter since the Great Wage Slump (circa 2009) that wages...
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5 More Extra-Smart Social Networking Tips

By Sandy Jones-Kaminski In a previous blog post “5 Extra Smart Social Networking Tips,” I shared five of my top ten best social networking tips. In this post, I will tell you the last five. 6. Get out from behind your device or screen Don’t let social networking take over your life....
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Tech Crush: Quick and Easy Ways to More Skillz

Don’t let SkillCrush.com’s frilly font and girly good looks deceive you. Sure, the new startup enables women in tech with its, “Mastering technology doesn’t take super powers" tagline, but there’s still plenty of room for guys to learn, too. The site features easy tutorials that teach you how to do all sorts...
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5 Extra Smart Social Networking Tips

By Sandy Jones-Kaminski There are ways that everyone can improve their social networking efforts. Where do you need help? Is social networking taking over your life? Are you braver online than you would be in person? Are you an “open networker” versus a genuine connector? The following list of tips can help...
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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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LinkedIn: A Tech Employee’s Promise Land?

Longing to feel more engaged, happy and satisfied with your work? Consider applying for a job at LinkedIn. We uncovered some stats that seem to indicate that they’ve created an almost ideal workplace. PayScale’s recently-released 2012 Top Tech Employer Comparison has some fascinating data showcasing how the biggest players in the tech world...
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Online Schools for Learning to Code

Hey, software developers, web developers, web designers – you’re in demand! It’s estimated that by 2018, there will be roughly 1.4 million tech-related job openings in the U.S., but the country won’t have enough college graduates to fill even 30 percent of those positions. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a...
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We Came, We Tried, We Won a Few

"A" for effort. "B+" for results. That sounds about right. Our powerful PayScale ping-pong duo, Perry and Mariya, made waves at Geekwire's Summer Bash with their intense playing styles, and for arriving with their personal ping-pong paddles kept in their original cases. The rest of us enjoyed cheering them on and eating...
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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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Ping-Pong Power Players: Perry and Mariya of PayScale

It's not polite to brag but the fact is that some PayScale employees have mad ping-pong skillz. Meet Perry and Mariya. This dynamic duo works together, plays together and will compete in the upcoming Geekwire Summer Bash ping-pong tournament this Thursday. Perry Perry started playing ping-pong just after he arrived to the...
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It’s Payday! Celebrate with a Paycheck Check-Up

What could be more fun? It's Friday and payday – and the sun in shining in lots of places across the country. Are you ready to head out and goof around? That's great. Before you go, though, take a look at your paycheck and make sure that you like what you see....
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The Intelligent Way to Pick a College

Instead of picking a college based on location, name cache or where it ranks on a list, why not make a decision based on the degree you really want? Just because your dad is an alumnus or your boyfriend is going to a particular school doesn’t make it the best educational fit...
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Seattle Geeks Beware: We’re Bringing PayScale Ping-Pong Heat

There are so many ways to geek out – pounding six-shot Americanos at midnight or stuffing yourself with Hot Pockets while leveling up in Diablo III. And then there are geek sports, like Frisbee golf, ping-pong and foosball. We here at PayScale are really good at one of those – ping-pong –...
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Want to Take Stanford Classes… For Free?

Imagine you could take courses from Princeton, Stanford or University of Pennsylvania without ever having to apply or attend these elite schools. Now imagine those classes were free. Yes, you read that correctly. Free. Launched on April 18th, Coursera.org brings its “Education for Everyone” motto to the learning-hungry masses. It’s kind of...
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The Shrinking Manufacturing Industry in America

By Katie Bardaro, PayScale.com This blog post is sponsored by GE but views expressed are those of PayScale.com. How has the workforce changed in America since 1960? GE recently released an interactive data visualization titled, “Working in America?” which examines employment trends in 12 sectors over the last 50+ years (from 1960...
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Facing the Facebook Facts: Employers Respond to Social Media Use at Work

Are you tweeting in your meetings? Do you complain online about your co-workers’ annoying quirks? If so, your employer probably doesn’t appreciate you sharing proprietary or negative information about their company with the world. But can they do anything about it? Yes, if they have a social media policy. While employers adore...
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Tales of Glory from PayScale’s Bikers

"And so it ends… in a drizzle," began Captain Kaylyn's last-day email address to PayScale's 26 Bike to Work Month participants. Yes, it is a drizzly day here in Seattle, but many PayScalers rode in nonetheless. Rain is unlikely to stop us. In fact, when asked about their fondest memories after a...
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Meet Captain Kaylyn, PayScale’s Bike to Work Month Leader

By Emma Bohmke Meet Kaylyn Messer. Most people know her as an outstanding customer service specialist and MarketRate trainer here at PayScale. But, this year, she cranked up the cool and took over as the coordinator for Bike to Work Month for PayScale. In honor of Bike to Day, let’s get to...
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Bike to Work Day Gets Snack-tacular in Seattle

Bike to Work Month culminates with one big party on the third Friday of the month: Bike to Work Day.  Everyone is encouraged to participate on this one day and, here in Seattle, it's a party on wheels. The day's organizer, Cascade Bicycle Club, not only hosts its own station with snacks...
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Networking as an Act of Service

How am I such a willing networker? I see the process differently than most people. Rather than entering an event trying to figure out how to get the most I can out of the people in the room, I take the opposite approach. I try to see how much I can give....
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Do Men Really Earn More Than Women?

Eighty cents on the dollar – that is the gender pay gap figure often quoted these days. It seems incredible that, in our modern world, such inequity in pay for male and female workers can exist. PayScale wanted to find out more about this figure and what we discovered is that "80...
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Go Geeks! PayScale at the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards

We're not proud of it. Well, okay, maybe we are a little. Many of PayScale's employees are pretty geeky. We get excited about complicated board games and tech gadgets and send out emails with titles like, "Hot Prop to Test Cluster – Please Review." Say what? So, when local, online tech news...
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PayScale Pedals in to Bike to Work Month

PayScale digs Bike to Work Month. This should come as no surprise to those who know we are a Seattle-based, coffee-powered, organic kale-eating, recycling, tech-geeky-yet-athletic company with a love for the outdoors. We started Bike to Work Month today with 26 employees (including our CEO) signed up on three teams. Our goal?...
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What Is America’s Hardest-Working Town?

By PARADE Americans have never worked harder for their money, but which city is really cranking it? PARADE looked at a range of criteria to determine the top 25 hardest-working towns in our country. To come up with our rankings, PARADE considered: Average Hours Worked The first place to look for the...
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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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LinkedIn Shows You The Money!

PayScale has always been interested in making sure you’re paid what you’re worth. Now, professional networking powerhouse, LinkedIn, is joining the effort in a fresh partnership between the two companies. Are you negotiating a raise, planning to take your skills to a new city or reviewing a job offer? You have a...
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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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2012 Plan: Grab Those Growing Wages

Are wages levels really trending up in the U.S.? You betcha they are. According to The PayScale Index, for the second quarter in a row, the annual growth rate for wages, in most locations and sectors it covers, is the strongest it has been in three years. The PayScale Index follows changes...
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Does Size Matter? It Does When It Comes to Your LinkedIn Network

Did you know that many of today’s job postings list “having more than 250 LinkedIn connections” as a qualification for an ideal candidate? This is especially true in business development, social media management or fundraising positions. And, not surprisingly, more and more employers believe that having a robust professional network connotes success...
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2012 Salary Madness: Can Alumni Salaries Predict the NCAA Champ?

by Lydia Frank, PayScale.com There are endless methods for picking your March Madness brackets, but here at PayScale we've been compiling brackets for several years by taking a look at the typical salaries of the school's graduates to determine the outcomes of the matchups. And, in 2010, we were right --...
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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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What Not to Wear to Your Next Job Interview

"Sorry, you didn't get the job. We hated your outfit." Sound silly? Most interviewers won't be this candid, but it's undeniable that your wardrobe is a key factor in your first impression — especially in a hyper-competitive job market. Naturally, your qualifications, skills, and accomplishments are most important. However, your interviewer will...
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Should Job Applicants Have to Submit to a Facebook Review?

Is it right for employers to request that job applicants submit to a Facebook review? The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting this very hiring practice in Maryland after receiving a complaint last year from a Department of Corrections officer who said he had to turn over his Facebook login credentials during...
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GM to Temporarily Lay Off 1,300 Workers in Volt Production Suspension

General Motors has been forced to briefly suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt (and the Opel Ampera in Europe) after sluggish sales led to a surplus of the plug-in hybrid electric cars. Some 1,300 workers have been temporarily laid off from March 19 to April 23 due to the shutdown. “Volt sales...
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Part-Time Work Flourishes in Australia

In Australia, part-time work is growing at a rate twice that of full-time employment, and industry analysts predict the trend will continue for at least five more years. Could the same thing happen stateside? “Employers and employees are both starting to favor this idea of working part-time or flexible hours,” said Naren...
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Why Your Job is Killing You [infographic]

This infographic from Online University has news that will send shivers down the spine: Your job is killing you. Sedentary jobs slow workers’ metabolism, promote obesity and increase rates of death from heart disease. Workplace stress causes 1 million workers to call out from work every day, while stress-related expenses cost U.S....
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Work Club Digital Agency Uses Pinterest to Find a Creative Director

The Work Club digital agency in London has created a Pinterest board to advertise its open creative director position. The board uses screencaps of Steven Spielberg-directed movies to illustrate the agency's growth and the position's roles and responsibilities. Film fans will recognize stills from "Jaws," "Jurassic Park" and "The Adventures of Tintin"...
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Apple Named World’s Most Admired Company

Fortune Magazine recently ranked Apple No. 1 in its list of Most Admired Companies, acing out Google, Amazon and even Coca-Cola. The House that Jobs Built had $108 billion in annual revenue this year. Two of its core products — the iPhone and iPad — saw 81 percent and 334 percent sales...
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Should You Ask for a Raise? [infographic]

Does the thought of asking for a raise make your palms sweat from fear? Or, are you confident you deserve a healthy bump in pay? Here at PayScale we pay close attention to what makes people's income grow so we've created an infographic with a few questions and some advice to help...
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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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Tattoos at Work: Is Your Body Art Hurting Your Lifetime Earnings?

Mainstream society is increasingly focused on individuality; accordingly, we’re seeing far more tattoos at work than in previous generations. Bryan Caplan, an economics professor at George Mason University, recently raised a fair question in a blog post for EconLog: How much would obvious body art, like a facial tattoo, affect one’s lifetime...
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Best Cities for Technology Jobs at Startups

It used to be that if you were a technology whiz kid and were itching to work at an emerging startup company, there was only one place to be — Silicon Valley. And while the San Francisco area is still rife with startups, there are plenty of other cities to consider in...
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The Future of Work: 3 Tips to Stand Out in a World of Freelancing and Temporary Jobs

The majority of modern workers head to traditional, full-time jobs, but experts warn that the future of work will primarily involve freelancing and temporary jobs. Gene Zaino of MBO Partners recently surveyed independent workers and predicted that if existing trends continue, solo workers’ ranks will swell to some 70 million strong by...
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Postal Service Consolidation Strategy Cuts 35,000 Jobs

The U.S. Postal Service has been hurting for years, and last week representatives announced its new consolidation strategy. The organization will consolidate or close 223 mail processing centers — a move that eliminates some 35,000 full-time and non-career positions. “These changes are a necessary part of a larger comprehensive plan developed by the...
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Chart of the Day: Detroit’s Healthy Wages Affect Presidential Primary

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will go head to head in today's primary races, held in Michigan and Arizona. Romney is clearly leading the polls in Arizona, so much of the focus today will be on Michigan, where it looks like Romney and Santorum may be tied. The Battle in Michigan Many political...
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Should a 21-Hour Workweek Be the New US Standard?

Should the U.S. ditch the standard 40-hour working week in favor of a 21-hour workweek? A report out of the New Economics Foundation argues that such a move would help the environment, boost the economy and promote social justice. The NEF cites Britain as a country that’s achieved success by slashing its...
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Disgusting! How to Handle Offensive Office Hygiene

By Lydia Dishman, PayScale.com Do you know these people? There's the guy who belches or pick his nose seated next to accounts payable. The saleswoman whose phone calls to clients/family/significant others can be heard down the hall in the break room, with the door closed. The admin who believes her cloud of...
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Job Hunting With Pinterest: Pros and Cons

Social media site Pinterest has exploded in popularity over the past six months, winning favor with everyone from brides-to-be and casual users to crafters, bloggers, cooks, designers and event planners. But can Pinterest be used for job hunting? Read on for a few pros and cons of using Pinterest as a part...
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Thinking of Starting a Business? 5 Reasons to Pick a Houston Headquarters

If you've been thinking of starting a business, you may want to headquarter it in Houston. The largest city in Texas recently topped Kiplinger's list of great cities for starting a business. Read on for five reasons Houston is the next big city for small businesses. Business start-up costs are low. Texas...
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Chart of the Day: Median Salaries in Daytona Beach, Florida

NASCAR officials were forced to postpone the Daytona 500 due to rain. This is the first time in its 54 year history that the season opening race has been delayed. The Daytona 500 will see another first this year – a primetime spot racing under the lights, as the race is set...
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How Much is Your Time Worth? What You Could Have Earned While Watching the 2012 Academy AwardsR

Last night, the 84th Annual Academy AwardsR brought some of Hollywood's hottest names out to play. "The Artist" took the Best Picture award, while Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin were named Best Actress and Best Actor for their respective performances in "The Iron Lady" and "The Artist." Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony,...
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What Might Your Facebook Profile Reveal About Your Job Performance?

What can your employer predict about your job performance by looking at your Facebook profile? A lot, according to a joint study by researchers at Auburn University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Evansville. In the study, four trained "raters" poked around the profiles of 56 working students, grading their levels...
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Chart of the Day: Salaries for Popular Cincinnati Jobs

When I think of Cincinnati, the first thing that pops into my head is the theme song from the classic sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" (Just me? Possibly, I'm dating myself here.) But, did you know Cincinnati, Ohio was also named a top US travel destination this year by Lonely Planet? It was...
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Chart of the Day: What is a Typical Janitor Salary?

If you work at an office, you likely appreciate the janitor who stops by long after you've left for the day and cleans up after you and your coworkers. But have you ever wondered just how much they make per hour for doing all the dirty work? Below is the national average...
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Chart of Day: Salaries for Popular Memphis Jobs

When you think Memphis, Elvis is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but there's far more to this southern city than being a destination for loyal Elvis fans. If you're thinking of making a move to Memphis, Tennssee, do your research and see if the jobs and salaries available are...
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Chart of the Day: Salary of Seamstress in Houston, Texas

Are you a skilled seamstress on the move? If you're looking for a change of scenery, consider moving to Houston, Texas. A seamstress in this city reports receiving the highest median hourly rate compared to other cities across the U.S. Median Hourly Rate by City – Job: Seamstress (United States) Compare your...
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Smart Career Paths: Earn 100% More in Five Years

Where do you see yourself in five years? Whether you are a college student trying to figure out what direction to take or considering a career change, having a strategy can help you maximize your potential. If you think beyond the initial paycheck, there are many jobs that offer considerable career growth...
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Chart of the Day: Median Salary in Hawaii for Popular Jobs

Hawaii may be a popular vacation destination, but while you're snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing, residents of Honolulu, Hawaii are usually busy working. Below is the median salary in Honolulu, Hawaii for popular jobs. Median Salary by Job – Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) Compare your salary: Get a free Salary Report
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Chart of Day: Salaries in Austin, Texas

By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com With SXSW around the corner, you may be making travel plans for this media, music and film festival. But what is it really like to live in Austin? Below are the median salaries for several popular jobs in this sprawling city. Median Salary by Job – Location: Austin,...
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Chart of Day: Omaha Salaries – Software Developer, Registered Nurse, More

My first job after college was actually as a journalist in Omaha, Nebraska at the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. While print journalism may not be on the rise, plenty of other careers are. And, Omaha turned out to be a surprisingly cool city. Considering a move to Omaha? Below are the median salaries...
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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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Salaries Behind the Scenes at the Academy AwardsR

The most glamourous night in Hollywood has nearly arrived. The Academy AwardsR will broadcast live from Los Angeles on February 26th. Amid chatter from entertainment world leaders, movie fans are debating their favorite nominees online. Even PayScale has been swept up in the excitement, offering our second annual "Behind the Scenes at...
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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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Learning Linux Can Boost Your Pay

If you’re looking for a new job or a pay increase, try learning Linux. Your first response might be, "What is Linux?" Good question. Linux is an operating system for computers, like Windows. It was originally designed to provide users with a free or low-cost operating system, but is now used by...
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Jeremy Lin Salary Potential vs. His Former Harvard Teammates

Only 11 days into his starting status with the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin has been generating the kind of buzz a young NBA player only dreams about. While Lin has been breaking records and driving up NBA ticket prices, the press has been speculating on whether he can keep this streak...
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Romantic Jobs That “Set the Mood”

By Christine Laue, PayScale.com For all the primping and prepping you do for a date, Cupid enlists dozens of co-conspirators to make the big event go perfectly. The esthetician taming unruly eyebrow hairs wants you to look flawless, and the sommelier pouring wine certainly doesn’t want to ruin the mood with a...
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Obama Addresses Hot Healthcare Issue

One of the hottest topics in politics lately has been the issue of contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans provided by employers for their employees. President Barack Obama recently made headlines after changing his stance on what religious-affiliated employers must cover in their health insurance plans – including birth control. Most contraceptives usually...
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Career Round Up: What Would You Give Up to Work from Home?

By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com Every weekend, we round up the employment trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week. Easier networking. Popular professional social network LinkedIn is about to get even easier to use. According to AllThingsD, LinkedIn has announced they are acquiring Rapportive, which currently makes a browser plugin...
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Kanye West and Salaries for Music Producers

By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com Tomorrow night, hundreds of musicians will gather to celebrate the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Kanye West tops this year's list of the most nominations for a Grammy Award, receiving seven nominations. Before beginning his career as a rapper, Kanye began producing for other artists while he was in school....
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L.A. Earning Power: Salaries of the Non-Famous

By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com Last Sunday's Superbowl halftime show, which featured Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, and Cee Lo Green, is still in the news after M.I.A performed what's being dubbed a "digit malfunction" after she made an inappropriate gesture with her middle finger during the show. For those who follow celebrity gossip,...
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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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Average Salaries in Rick Santorum’s Hometown

By Kelly Clay, PayScale.com Rick Santorum, one of the 2012 GOP Presidential candidates, recently won the Missouri primary. Santorum, who grew up in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania, was actually born in Winchester, Virginia. While Santorum has spent much of his career as a lawyer and then as a politician, here's a look...
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Gisele Earns Most in PayScale Fashion Week Scene

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Gisele's recent defense of her husband, New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, has brought her plenty of media attention. Trashing her husband's teammates came off as a bit graceless, to some. But, in her own world of high fashion, Gisele gets big kudos and about $45 million a...
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Seeking Success? Find Your Niche and Stay There

By Jim Hopkinson Adapt or die! Learn new skills! The only constant in life is change!  The way these phrases are thrown about, it would seem the only way to advance your career is to assemble a toolbelt of dozens of different skills. Your days would be spent scouring the internet for...
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Veterans Move Into Technology Jobs

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com The job news for veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan is anything but pleasant. Veterans have an elevated unemployment rate compared to the rest of the population, the economy is only just starting to grow again and, for many, transferring their military skills to the civilian work...
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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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Cheery or Scroogey? Ho-Ho-Holiday Happiness for Retail Workers

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Which retail workers are merry, jolly and happy to serve you this holiday season? PayScale.com asked retail workers at various major outlets to rate their levels of stress and satisfaction on the job and came up with a happiness score for each group. It turns out that...
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Pursue Your Passion and Land Your Dream Job

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Do you have a nagging feeling that a better job awaits you, one that caters to your passions and pays the bills? How can you get working toward your dream job? We spoke with career coach and author Jim Hopkinson (Salary Tutor) who offered practical, step-by-step advice on how...
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A Happier Holiday Season with LinkedIn

This time of year it seems that there is a holiday mixer nearly every night of the week. And don’t get me started on the “Let’s catch up over an eggnog latte” invites I’ve started to see in my inboxes lately. How can we turn this merry making into career enhancement? Use...
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Obama Speaks Up on CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale "The typical CEO who used to earn about 30 times more than his or her worker now earns 110 times more."— Tweet from President Obama, December 6, 2011 This morning in Osawatomie, Kansas, a small town of just 4,600 residents, President Barack Obama spoke to a group of rural...
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Who Earns Most? Ratio of Pay CEO-to-Worker

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com How much do certain CEOs make compared to the employees at their companies? A lot. Many earn hundreds, even thousands, of times more than their typical employee. Online salary database PayScale.com researched the total cash compensation for CEOs of the top 50 companies on Fortune’s exclusive 500...
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Salary and Career News Round Up: Cyber Monday, Young Workers Find Jobs, Job Search Tools

By Elise Oras, PayScale.com Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week. Searching for a new job can often feel like a full time job in itself. While it can be difficult, it does not have to be painful. Arm yourself...
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5 Job Search Advancements to Be Thankful For

By Jim Hopkinson When the pilgrims sat down for that first Thanksgiving meal in Plymouth, they had certainly spent many more hours gathering the corn and preparing the turkey than we do these days. We have plenty of conveniences that make cooking the perfect meal easier. Let’s just say there was no canned...
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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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Take Caution When Terminating Older Employees

Terminating Older Employees: OWBPA Q&A Release agreements can help prevent lawsuits when employees are terminated. But, if you want to protect against age discrimination claims, your release must meet eight specific criteria. The following question and answer transcript covers the basic issues you may run into when terminating older employees.
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Holiday Jobs for Extra Cash