Author: seanl

Sean Leslie was the Sr. Content Strategist at PayScale.com, and he writes for PayScale about work, salary, work-life balance, combining your passions with your career and whatever else catches his fancy. Sean’s a happy husband and father; an erstwhile runner, mountain biker, backpacker and outdoorsman; and—though English by birth—an adopted and fiercely proud Pacific Northwesterner. He's also a huge proponent of flip-flops in the office.

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Payback: Prospective Employees Are Ghosting Recruiters

In a schadenfreude-inducing role reversal, thanks to current low unemployment, hiring managers in industries from “food service to finance” are finding themselves being ghosted by job candidates; one minute the candidate seems enthusiastic about the job, the next… they won’t pick up the phone, or even vanish entirely. How do you like...
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Take Your Dog to Work Day Benefits Workers and Employers, Science Says

Feeling ruff? Did your boss just bark at you, leaving you with your tail dragging between your legs, licking your wounds? A little puppy love on Take Your Dog to Work Day will likely make you feel better. And if your employer is on board with dogs in the office, it might...
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Washington Post Staff Challenges Owner Jeff Bezos to “Show That You Value Your Employees.” Will He?

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is once again under fire for questionable treatment of his employees. This time, it’s employment practices at Bezos’ newspaper, The Washington Post, that are generating headlines; four-hundred Post staffers recently penned an open letter to Bezos, asking him to raise wages, improve benefits and “show...
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Free Office Food Is Making You Fat

Thank goodness the #dadbod is back! According to a new study, American workers “acquire” nearly 1,300 calories a week in free food and drinks they snag at the office. Donuts and Bagels in the office kitchen, pizza in the all-team lunch meeting, lattes from the coffee cart in the lobby… oh, and...
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Lack of Work-Appropriate Adaptive Clothing Prevents Americans With Disabilities From Entering the Workforce

For the nearly 20 million people of working age living with disabilities in the US, not having a choice of clothes appropriate to wear at work can be a serious obstacle in their career. “Dress for success.” “Dress for the job you want.” We’ve likely all heard maxims like these applied to...
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If You Ask for a Raise, You’ll Probably Get One – Here’s How

Only 37 percent of workers have asked for a raise at their current organization. As for the other 63 percent, our research shows that if they asked for a raise, they’d probably get one. Only about one in three workers have ever asked for a raise at their current place of work....
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How to Increase Your Likelihood of Negotiating a Raise

When you’re denied the salary you’re worth, you’re either not working for an organization that values your skills, knowledge and experience; you’re working for an organization that – for a variety of reasons—legitimately may not be able to give you a raise; or you’re working for an organization that simply doesn’t know...
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Air Revolution: Women Force Culture Change at Nike

A group of women at Nike’s headquarters secretly surveyed their female colleagues about the prevalence of gender discrimination and sexual harassment at the company. When they had completed their survey, they shared their findings with the CEO. Since then – as of May 8 – 11 top-level executives have been forced out,...
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Shortage of Doctors Leads to Quickly Rising Wages for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners are cashing in on a nationwide shortage of primary care physicians, seeing their wages rise 30 percent over five years. Just what the doctor ordered. Primary care physicians saw their compensation rise, on average, 10 percent over the past five years, largely because of a worsening shortage of these doctors...
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“Job Strain” Accounts for 14 Percent of Mental Illnesses Like Depression, Anxiety

Being stressed on the job can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses, and that’s bad for employees and employers alike. Recently, we learned the stress associated with American workplaces leads to 120,000 deaths a year. Now, we’re finding out that, “Some 14 percent of common mental illnesses could be prevented...
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Want a Higher Salary? Why Right Now Might Be “About As Good As It Gets” for Job Seekers

If you’ve been looking for a new job or hoping to negotiate a higher salary, the odds are currently in your favor; There were almost as many jobs advertised in March as there were unemployed people, nearly a job for every unemployed person. In March, US employers advertised 6.55 million open jobs,...
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Good News: Workers Are Taking More Vacation, and More Employers are Encouraging It

Summer is right around the corner, and that means Americans are gearing up for their summer vacation. This year, according to a new report, they’re expected to take a little more time away from the office than in years past. According to a new report by Project: Time Off, “State of American...
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“Wonder Woman” Director Patty Jenkins Is Highest-Paid Female Director in History; Still $241MM Less Than Spielberg

The hit film “Wonder Woman” won high praise from critics and audiences alike upon its release in 2017. The blockbuster became the second-ranked superhero film of all time in terms of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and it raked in $821.9 million at box offices worldwide, making it the tenth-most profitable release of...
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Do You Live in the Worst State for Working Moms?

If you want to have a really happy Mother’s Day, you should move to Vermont. But you can expect a bad experience as a working mom if you live in… Working moms have it rough. According to a 2015 article in The New York Times, “In most cases … women still do...
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Job Stress is Literally Killing Us

According to a Stanford professor, job stress accounts for 120,000 excess deaths every year in the United States. Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer says that the stress associated with American workplaces leads to 120,000 deaths a year, according to The Week. Pfeffer’s research indicates that anxiety, overwork, long hours, work-family conflict, low pay...
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More Than 10 Million People Globally Now Work in Renewable Energy

As of 2017, 10.3 million people work in renewable energy around the world, with more than 70 percent of those jobs located in China, Brazil, the US, India, Germany and Japan. According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 jobs...
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Your Rude Colleague Is Costing You Sleep

A new study shows that being the target of rude behavior at work is costing you sleep at home. Ever dwell on a spat you had with a coworker or a dressing down by your boss? Did you rehash the conversation for hours, even after you left work for the day? Did...
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California Now Has the World’s Fifth-Largest Economy

Congrats, California. You’re now home of the world’s fifth-biggest economy. If you didn’t already know it, the state of California is an economic giant. How big, exactly? In 2017, its gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion, moving The Golden State to number five on the list of biggest global economies. Yes, you...
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Court Rules Gig-Economy Workers Are Not Contractors, Have Rights to Wages and Benefits

Are gig-economy workers contractors or employees? The California Supreme Court just issued a ruling that may answer that question, and could potentially put gig-economy-based companies like Uber, Lyft and Postmates on the hook for legally-required – and expensive – employee benefits. Is an Uber driver an employee of Uber or an independent contractor...
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Why Should You Care About PayScale’s College ROI Report?

Choosing whether to attend college – and, if so, where and what to study – is perhaps one of the most important decisions a person will ever make. It’s an investment in your future. And like it or not, like any investment, choosing a college and major combination that provides a solid...
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Department of Labor Rule Change Hampers Enforcement of Equal Pay Act, Title VII of Civil Rights Act

A proposed change to an Obama-era policy will reduce the Department of Labor’s ability to investigate whether businesses with federal contracts are in violation of the Equal Pay Act and/or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. When the Department of Labor (DOL) enacted Directive 307 by way of executive order in...
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It’s Nice to Be Nice. Nice for Your Career, That Is.

Being nice at work makes you twice as happy as people who’re rarely or never nice. ARE YOU READING THIS, DEBBIE? People who are nice at work are likely to be happier, healthier and earn more than workers who are rarely or never nice, according to a recent study by Monarch Airlines....
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Employers: Finite Talent War

A shortage of qualified applicants is giving employees the upper hand in the talent war, with new hires making 5 percent more than they did only a year ago. As human resources and hiring managers continue to seek qualified applicants, a new problem has emerged from the labor market shadows: a talent...
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Another Benefit of Remote Work: It’s Better for the Planet

As greater numbers of organizations and employees embrace remote work, we’re witnessing an unexpected but not unwelcome consequence: a healthier environment. Remote Control Going remote is “the future of work.” As of February 2017, 43 percent of American works spend at least some time working remotely, according to The New York Times...
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Watch Your Back: Study Shows 44 Percent of U.S. Workers Seek Revenge at Work

If I were you, I’d keep a close eye on Debbie from accounting; According to a new study, more than four in ten people have sought workplace revenge. Ever had a colleague throw you under the bus in a meeting, or had a manager reprimand you for a trivial mistake? Ever laid...
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Woman Steals Identity to Land Six-Figure Job in HR, Is Promoted Before Crime Discovered

Cindy T. White, 41, of Slidell, Louisiana, took the phrase “fake it ‘till you make it” to new levels in 2015 when she assumed the identity of another woman in order to land a job as a human resources manager at Diversified Foods & Seasonings, Inc. Keep Up the Good Work While...
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New Bill to Legalize Marijuana a Step in Creation of a Million Jobs

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today proposed a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level, an encouraging sign for the cannabis industry, and a move that potentially readies the U.S. economy for the addition of a million new jobs. Happy 4/20, everybody. April 20 is the unofficial holiday of stoner culture,...
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Vote to Allow Baby on Senate Floor helps “bring the Senate into the 21st Century”

Senator Tammy Duckworth made history – again – on Thursday, becoming the first senator to cast a vote while cradling an infant. What Do I Do With This Thing? New mother Tammy Duckworth faces a dilemma common among working parents; What the heck do I do with my kid(s) when I have...
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Tax Reform Has Yet to Trickle Down to Most Workers’ Paychecks

December’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is expected to increase the average American’s annual pay by only $323 while increasing the national debt by more than $1 trillion, according to reports. In January, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan touted the benefits of the December “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” when he...
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“Lifestyle Perks” Might Be Dragging Down Wages

Remember 2008? Barack Obama was elected the United States’ first black president; “The Dark Knight”, “Iron Man” and “Twilight” dominated the box office; Rihanna and Chris Brown were topping the charts and a couple; U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China; And,...
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The Robots Are Coming … For A Piece of Your Paycheck

In a world where artificial intelligence and automation threaten the livelihood of human beings, a world where the necessity of establishing a universal basic income seems inevitable, a world where inflammatory headlines seed global paranoia, the fear of robots stealing our jobs weighs heavily on the mind of many. But that threat...
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CEO Pay Reached Record High in 2017

It’s good to be the boss. An Equilar study of the top-100 largest companies – as determined by revenue – found that CEO pay hit a new high in 2017, with median compensation of $15.7 million. According to The Washington Post, this record high was “not surprising given that the majority of...
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The Gender Pay Gap Doubles When Professional Women Become Mothers

For most of us, the years between the age of 25 and 35 are “the prime of our life.” These are the years when most of us truly develop a sense of self, the years where we’re likely to meet a life partner and start a family, the years where we go...
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Earning Less Than $60k and Depressed? Get Married. Science Says You’ll Feel Better.

There has been a lot of press around the magic number of $75,000 a year when it comes to your salary impacting happiness. Once you’re making that salary, as explained by Money, “the influence that earnings have on happiness — that is, the emotions you experience on a day-to-day basis — peters...
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“Earth-Shattering” Texas Ruling Protects LGBT Workers From Workplace Discrimination

As the bumper-sticker says, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” So when a federal judge in Texas ruled last week that LGBT workers are protected from employment discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation, it was a big deal. Last week, Judge Lee Rosenthal, the chief judge in the Houston-based Southern...
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Stars – They’re Just Like Us! They Benefit From the Prohibition of the Salary History Question!

A California law that went into effect January 1 bars employers from asking potential employees for their salary history, and it’s transforming how and how much star actresses are being paid. The legalese around the new law reads, “An employer shall not rely on the salary history information of an applicant for...
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Sexual Harassment at Work Is Experienced by One in Five, Poll Shows

Nearly one in five Americans have been victims of sexual harassment at work. According to a poll conducted by CNBC, “19 percent of American adults said they have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.” Women Are Most Often Victims, but Men Experience Harassment, Too The poll was conducted between December...
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Employers Can’t Pay Women Less Because of Their Salary History, Rules Appeals Court

When Aileen Rizo, a math consultant in Fresno County, California, discovered in 2014 that she was making $10,000 less than less-experienced male colleagues who were doing the same work, she filed a lawsuit against her employer; Rizo sued the Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE), on the basis that the difference in...
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Not A Role Model: Nike Pledges to Address Company’s Gender and Race Inequity Issues

Nike, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel – and one of the most famous brands in the world – is pledging to change its corporate culture, which had been likened to a frat house by employees. According to a memo Nike’s HR Chief Monique Matheson sent to employees...
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Women in Tech Are Not Immune to the Gender Pay Gap

If you’d like to help eliminate the gender pay gap, join us on Tuesday, April 10 – online or in person – for Equal Power Day at PayScale HQ. By this point, unless you’ve buried your head in the sand – or you’re suffering from a serious case of denial – you’re...
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Jobs in the Solar Energy Industry

For more information on emerging industries like solar energy, read PayScale’s report, Jobs in Emerging Industries. In 2016 , “solar employment expanded … 17 times faster than the total US economy”, and employed “more than 260,000 people,” according to CNN. But despite sunny prospects, the solar industry faces issues that may cloud its...
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How To Price Jobs In Emerging Industries

In this post, we’ll explore the growth of emerging industries, and then dip into questions employers in these industries are likely facing. This blog post is an excerpt from our e-book Jobs In Emerging Industries: The Growth of New Industries, and the Job Creation That Comes With Them. Download your copy here....
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Jobs In the Legal Cannabis Industry, A Blunt Assessment

For more information on emerging industries like legal cannabis, read PayScale’s report, Jobs in Emerging Industries. In January of 2012, Colorado became the first U.S. state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana. In December of that same year, the state of Washington did the same. Six years later, the sale of...
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PayScale’s New Hero Awards Recognize Work Cultures Employees Love

In a world where the talent market is tight, a world where employees have many choices as to where they commit their time and talents, it can be incredibly difficult for organizations to maintain a culture that continuously motivates employees and retains their loyalty. This is a world that needs heroes. Is...
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Employee Appreciation Day: 7 Creative Ways to Appreciate Your Employees

Promotions, raises and being named “Employee of the Month” are all tried-and-true ways to reward outstanding employee performance. And while they’re usually well-received, in today’s often imaginative and fun-focused workplaces, these well-worn approaches might feel a little … stale. (Beyond that, you may not have budget for a timely raise.) So, what’s...
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Managers: On the Front Lines of Communicating Pay

Yes, you’d love it if your HR team could spend more time with employees across the company. But given your growing organization has more employees than you can consistently see on a regular basis, the internal partners you need to leverage when it comes to communicating pay decisions are your managers. Direct...
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Don’t Wait for an Increase Cycle to Talk Pay

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year: increase time! That’s right! After the winter holidays have passed, many organizations — organizations that operate on the calendar year — have restocked coffers and fresh budget. And that means managers and HR teams are ready to spend that money on salary increases....
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For the First Time, American Workers Say Their Boss’ Gender Makes No Difference

If you had your druthers, would you prefer to work for a male boss or a female boss? Do you think it makes a difference? Would you care either way? A new study by Gallup shows that, for the first time, a majority of Americans — 55 percent — say their boss’...
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How PayScale Salary Surveys Become Real-Time Market Compensation Data

Real-time market compensation data is relatively new in the world of compensation management, but it offers a compelling value-add to compensation planning. PayScale’s compensation management software products provide salary information for 15,000 job titles, all specific to industry, employee experience level, company size, market location and numerous other variables. But how? Using...
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You Have No Future at a Company With No Future

What would make you want to stay at your organization? What would make you want to leave? At PayScale, we think long and hard about these kind of questions, and we want to know the answers. That’s why, between 2015 and 2016, PayScale surveyed 501,796 employees, asking them to provide their salary...
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Adopting Better Policies for Employee Family Support

November is National Adoption Month in the U.S. Do you offer adoption assistance to your employees? Find out more about this benefit in today’s post. The choice to become a parent is perhaps one of the biggest decisions most people will face in their life. Beyond the fact you’re committing to a...
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What Maude Flanders’ Ghost Can Teach Us About Salary Negotiation

In the spring of 1999, beloved Springfield resident Maude Flanders died when she was knocked off the highest seat of a set of bleachers at a car race after being hit by a balled-up souvenir t-shirt shot out of a compressed-air-powered cannon aimed at Homer Simpson. Yowza. That’s a long sentence, and...
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How to Use PayScale’s College Salary Report

Choosing where to attend college or university and what you want to study is often a difficult decision. As if you needed more to think about, your choice of school and major can greatly impact your future earning potential. With that in mind, you’re going to want to make sure your school/major...
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Working at SpaceX: Low Pay, High Stress and a Chance to Be Part of History

Who hasn’t dreamed of playing an integral role in mankind’s exploration of space? The first written story of space travel appeared in the early 17th century, but cave paintings and hieroglyphics dating back tens of thousands of years seemingly reference rockets, spaceships and interstellar travelers. The 18th best television show of all...
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Revealing Your Salary History Could Keep You Underpaid Forever

Nobody wants to come across as uncooperative at work, and that’s especially true during a job interview. But if you’re in an interview and asked, “What was your salary at your last job?” there are thousands of reasons why you should decline to answer. I’m talking about dollars. By telling a hiring...
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Why Everyone Would Benefit From Paid Family Leave

In September, my wife Karaka and I will welcome a baby girl into our family. I’m overjoyed. We’re already the parents of a 3-year-old boy, William, who makes me laugh harder and more often than anyone I know. Granted, for a long time William woke us up two to three times a...
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Which Workers Are Underpaid, Overpaid, and Paid Just Right?

Once upon a time, American workers wondered if they were getting paid what they were worth. Most didn’t think they were, while some believed they were paid above average, and others thought their pay was average, or “just right.” But which workers were which? And how could they find out if they...
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3 Tips for Navigating the Career Path of the Future

For the vast majority of American workers, the in-company “career ladder” may as well be a memory from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. The days of graduating — from college or high school — landing an entry-level job with a large company, working there for your entire...
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Future Work/Life Balance: Anywhere, Anytime

If you feel like you’re already working around the clock, but your boss is still “most displeased with your apparent lack of progress,” you may be dreaming of the days when automation takes over the workforce, robots do all the jobs previously held by humans, and we can all kick back and...
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Prepared for Jobs of the Future, Are You?

Not even the most powerful Jedi Masters can predict the future. But when it comes to future-proof jobs, we know which American workers feel more confident about the future and which “have a bad feeling about this.” According to 425,219 U.S. workers polled by PayScale between June 15, 2014 and June 15,...
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How to Know If Your College Degree Will Pay Off

There’s no such thing as a standard recipe for financial or career success. But if there were, a college education would probably be the key ingredient. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, as reported by NPR: Those with a college degree now make $17,500 more per year than those without...
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Is Your Employer Blind to Gender Inequity in the Workplace?

Even if you’re troubled by a gender inequity problem at your place of work, your employer probably doesn’t share your concern. Based on data collected from roughly 100,000 U.S. employees and 2,525 human resources professionals, PayScale’s data analysts discovered a difference of perception between employees and employers regarding workplace gender inequity issues. Specifically,...
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Don’t Miss It: Tune in Today for Our Equal Pay Day Roundtable

Equal Pay Day is today, Tuesday, April 4. What is the gender pay gap? The story you think you know—that women earn 76 cents on the dollar compared to men—doesn’t paint a complete picture. What often gets overlooked is why the gender pay gap exists; the gender opportunity gap means that women...
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Heavily Incentivized: Seahawk Player’s $385,000 Bonus Tied to Losing Weight

Bonuses — also known as “variable pay,” “pay for performance,” or “performance incentives” in the compensation world — are usually framed as rewards for stellar work or contributions toward employer success. Hit your traffic goals for the year? Here’s your bonus. Sell enough widgets? Here’s your bonus. Reduce website loading speed by...
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Why Men Should Care About Equal Pay Day

Fellas, by now it’s old news that there exists a gender pay gap between men and women; the statistics prove it. I can already hear you saying, “People can come up with statistics to prove anything.” (FYI, that’s a quote attributed to Homer Simpson.) Yes, there are different ways to look at...
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Workplace Communication: Even If Your Employees Like You, It May Not Be Enough

It’s the question every manager has asked her or himself at some point in their career: “Do my employees like me?” Based on research published in our 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR), only 57 percent of employers feel confident that their employees “have a great relationship with their direct managers.” But...
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The Fight for Higher Wages for Childcare Workers

Today, like almost every weekday for the past three years, my wife and I dropped off our son Will at daycare. Like all parents, our kiddo is the apple of our eye, and we wanted to make sure Will received impeccable care and early education, so we chose to send him to...
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Does Your Boss Simply Not Know That You Feel Underpaid?

Do you think that you’re paid fairly? Do you feel appreciated at work? Based on new research published in PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR), the odds are that you answered “no” to both of those questions. As reported in the CBPR, only 20 percent of respondents to our survey said...
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Which Three States Have the Most-Formal Office Dress Codes?

For the past 400 years or so, particularly in the Western world, it’s fair to say no type of clothing has been more synonymous with money, power and business than the suit. Search for “business” images in any search engine, and odds are you’ll soon be scrolling through stock pictures of men...
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Want A More Relaxed Office Dress Code? Head West, Young Worker

I grew up on the East Coast; New Jersey, to be specific. After high school, I attended an East Coast university in buttoned-down New Hampshire. And after I graduated, I worked for four months as an intern at a magazine in the financial-capital of New York City. On top of all that,...
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Style vs. Salary: Does Your Appearance Impact Your Career?

Does how you look influence how much you make? In June of 2016, Business Insider reported that JPMorgan Chase and Co. had circulated an internal memo expanding “business casual dress firmwide.” According to the memo, the change from business formal—suit jackets and ties—to a less buttoned-up appearance at the world’s fifth-largest bank...
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Salary Bowl: Atlanta vs Boston

This Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. A modern dynasty, the Patriots have advanced to the Super Bowl seven times in the past 20 years, winning the football championship four times. The Falcons, on the other hand, have been to the Super Bowl...
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Jobs That Make the World a Better Place

There’s no getting around the fact that almost everyone needs to earn a paycheck. But some workers are lucky enough to hold down a nine-to-five that does more than just put food on the table; these workers believe their job helps make the world a better place. From October of 2014 to...
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The Most Unappreciated Jobs In America

So, you’re unappreciated at work. Or you feel like you are. Unfortunately, you’re not alone. Almost 30 percent of American workers feel unappreciated. But who are the workers that feel most unappreciated? Why do they feel this way? And what needs to change in order for them to feel more valued? PayScale surveyed...
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How to Handle Your Career and the Job Market After the Election

If you read PayScale’s Election Prediction, you know that we, like pollsters everywhere, totally called the results of the election. #nailedit (Meaning, of course, that we did not nail it. At all. But we did mention our respondents are typically younger and more highly educated than the average American voter, which clearly influenced...
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PayScale Calls the Presidential Election

We’re just days from Election Day, and things are about to get very real. Who will win the 2016 Presidential Election? Though PayScale is not a political polling company, we are able to mine our data and learn who our users support. And our unique data set allows us to unveil some fascinating insights traditional polling...
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The Horror – Jobs That Make The World Worse

We all like to think our work has meaning. We all like to believe we’re contributing to society. Some of us might even say our jobs make the world a better place. This report has nothing to do with those jobs. Come with us, if you dare, as we focus on jobs...
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A PayScale Report: You’re Not the Boss Of Me – Trust in the Workplace

Trust. Pop psychology tells us trust is the foundation of any successful relationship, both personal and professional. With that in mind, PayScale wanted to see whether American workers felt trusted by their manager, whether different types of workers feel differently about trust, and how a variable level of trust impacts aspects of...
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Have Male Voters Shifted to Hillary? Support Over Time: Who Will Be President? Part 8

  As the election nears, and as current events and debate performances impact perception of the presidential hopefuls, we’re tracking changes in our respondents’ support for each candidate. We’re also providing unique new data you can’t find anywhere else. For this most recent post, PayScale surveyed 42,422 users between the weeks of August 5,...
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Which Job Types Support Which Candidate? Who Will Be President? Part 7

As the election nears, we’re monitoring any changes in our respondents’ support. We’re also providing unique new data you can’t find anywhere else. For example, this post dives into which job titles are most likely to support which candidate. For our election coverage, PayScale surveyed 10,201 users between August 25, 2016 and October 3,...
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Updates: Trump Gains Ground in Overall Support and Support by Party Affiliation. Who Will Be President? Part 6

  See all our election coverage here. As the election nears, we’re pulling fresh data to monitor any changes in our respondents’ support. The below graphs illustrate small changes, most in favor of the Trump. Gender, salary, job title, education, industry … all impact your politics. For our election coverage, PayScale surveyed 29,250 users between...
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Younger Voters Favor Clinton 2-to-1, While Older Voters Slightly Prefer Trump. Who Will Be President? Part 5

See all our election coverage here. Gender, salary, job title, education, industry … all impact your politics. For our election coverage, PayScale surveyed 17,227 users between August 5, 2016 and August 25, 2016 to see how they’re casting their vote. We’ll update our election stats and infographics leading up to Nov. 8, and be sure to get...
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Who Will Be President? Part 4 – Nominee Support by Income, Comparisons to 2012

See all our election coverage here. Does your gender, salary, job title, education, or industry influence your political choices? For this report, PayScale surveyed 17,227 users between August 5, 2016 and August 25, 2016 to see how they’re casting their vote. Keep an eye on our collection of election stats and infographics–which we’ll update regularly...
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Who Will Be President? Part 3 – Nominee Support by Education Level, Updated

See all our election coverage here. Does your gender, salary, job title, education, or industry influence your political choices? For this latest report in our Election Coverage series, PayScale surveyed 17,227 users between August 5, 2016 and August 25, 2016 to see how they’re casting their vote. Be sure to come back to view...
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Who Will Be President? Part 2 – Nominee Support by Gender and Management Level

See all our election coverage here. Does your gender, salary, job title, education, or industry influence your political choices? PayScale surveyed 4,386 users between August 5, 2016 and August 16, 2016 to see how they’re casting their vote. Keep an eye on our collection of election stats and infographics–which we’ll update weekly–and be sure to get...
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Who Will Be President? PayScale Users Predict Who Will Win

See all our election coverage here. Does your gender, salary, job title, education, or industry influence your political choices? PayScale surveyed 4,386 users between August 5, 2016 and August 16, 2016 to see how they’re casting their vote. Keep an eye on our collection of election stats and infographics–which we’ll update weekly–and be sure to get...
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Vote: Is it OK to Wear Flip-Flops at Work?

A number of years ago, when I was working for a large, Seattle-based e-commerce company, my wife and I traveled to England for the wedding of my college roommate. While at dinner, we made small talk with our tablemates, chatting about, among other things, differences in U.S. and American office attire. “What...
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5 Steps Millennials Can Take to Advance Their Career

Keep your chin up, millennials. It’s always been tough to land a good job. Over the weekend, LinkedIn’s Campus Editor Justin Chormicle penned a column titled Millennials Face Toughest Economy Since Great Depression. In the piece, Chormicle explores a report recently released by the New York City Comptroller’s Office, which explains “how...
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4 Ways the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green Shows Leadership

After following up their 2015 NBA Championship with a record-setting 73-win 2015-2016 season, the Golden State Warriors have exploded onto sports’ global stage. The star of the team is undoubtedly Stephen Curry, the baby-faced point guard whose speedy, nimble play and super-long-range accuracy have turned him into the modern-day Michael Jordan and...
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5 Ways to Avoid Civil War in the Office

Like it or not, we’ll be involved in some sort of argument or disagreement with our colleagues over the course of our career. It’s a given that views on what’s best for our companies and customers will vary from time to time. Even superheroes aren’t immune to a difference of opinion every...
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Chobani Yogurt’s CEO Shares Stock With Employees, Grows Fantastic Culture

Wouldn’t it be nice if your boss handed you a million-dollar bonus in the form of company stock? On Tuesday, Chobani Yogurt Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya may have done just that. (Photo Credit: missmeng/Flickr) It’s relatively common for tech startups to offer stock to employees, an incentive of a potential big payoff...
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NFL Star DeMarcus Ware Is Betting His Salary on His Performance in 2016. Here’s Why You Should Do the Same.

We’re now more than a month into the crazy days of NFL Free Agency, and if you’re keeping up with how top players are negotiating contracts with their teams, you aren’t just getting good pre-season entertainment — you might be learning some salary negotiation lessons you can apply to your career, even...
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Working Moms Are Superheroes, and Working Dads Are the Robin to Their Batman

Last week, one of our excellent writers, Leah Arnold-Smeets, penned a great piece on the struggles of being a working mom. As a working dad, it got me thinking. (Photo Credit: Shed On The Moon/Flickr) I’m the lucky husband of an incredibly talented and hardworking wife — a Product Manager here at PayScale...
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Video: Equal Pay Day and Candy Bars

On average, U.S. women make $.74 on the dollar compared to men. Some studies say more, and some less. But the fact that women earn less than men in general is not a myth; it’s an inarguable fact. That said, it’s a fact that’s used out of context or misunderstood. A lot....
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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and the Absurdity of the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is a complicated issue. Though it’s partly caused by the fact that men are more likely to hold higher-paying jobs, it’s also true that women are, on average, paid less for performing the same jobs as men. The solution to the gap is often summed up at its...
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Elon Musk Looks Like a Bond Villain But Acts Like a Superhero

Elon Musk is one badass facial scar away from becoming the prototypical Bond villain. Wikipedia describes Musk as a “South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor, and investor,” and his net worth is reported as roughly $13 billion U.S. dollars. Of the numerous companies and organizations he’s founded or led, one is...