Author: wendyb

Wendy Brown is Director of Content Marketing at PayScale. She has led many, high-performing marketing teams and growth initiatives throughout her career, which has spanned across large well-known brands like Microsoft and T-Mobile and several technology startups. At PayScale, she leads B2B and B2C content marketing including, thought leadership, branding, PR, Blogs, Research reports and and Social media.


Are You Ready for Compensation Budget Season?

As a business leader or an HR professional, one of the crucial planning cycles for the upcoming year is upon you. Compensation budget planning is one of the most impactful factors on an organization’s bottom line and you need to be strategic in how...

Are Two-Tiered Wages Contributing to Wage Stagnation?

Government reports and the PayScale Index indicate that while job opportunities are up and unemployment is down – wage stagnation remains a problem for many Americans.  The current unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in June 2019, up from a 49-year low of

Does Compensation Really Motivate Performance?

These Are the Salary Trends You Need to Know Before Your Next Negotiation

The “+1” Mentality Can Help Close the Gender and Race Gap at Work

Most Companies Are Sticking With 3 Percent Raises This Year. Here’s What to Do About It

Raises Are Still Stuck at 3 Percent, Employers Tell PayScale

Dump Those Old Pay Practices

Paycheck Fairness Act Would Hold Employers Accountable for Pay Gaps

A Stunning New Study of 7,000 Companies Shows Too Many Bosses Know Nothing About Love

What’s at the Heart of This Compensation Conundrum?

When Companies Publish Their Salaries, Women Win

Companies Are Worried About Employee Retention, but Don’t Plan to Raise Pay

Raises Are Still Stuck at 3 Percent, Employers Tell Payscale

Corporate Tax Cuts Were Supposed to Boost Worker Pay — They Aren’t

Here’s Who to Talk to When Hr (And Your Boss) Won’t Listen

Payscale: Employers to Offer Modest Raises Despite Talent Shortage

Companies Are Worried About Retention, but 69% Don’t Plan to Offer More Than a 3% Raise This Year

Private-Sector Workers Wouldn’t Swap Their Less Secure Jobs for One With the Government

Has Tom Brady Reached a Career Peak at 41? If So, He’s Not Alone

Is the Government Shutdown a Private-Sector Recruiting

Tips for Leveraging Today’s Hot Job Market—Without Overplaying Your Hand

Pay Won’t Rise Much Despite Low Unemployment, Researchers Say

4 Ways to Get the Most Bang out of Your Benefits Buck

In the Mystery of Canada’s Missing Wages, All Clues Lead to Alberta

Tech Industry Leads the List of Top-Growing Jobs: Payscale Report

Despite Rising Wages, Actual Buying Power Decreased in 2018

The No. 1 Reason You’re Still Broke Even If You Received a Pay Raise Last Year

5 Career Moves You’ll (Probably) Make in 2019

Feeling Poorer? That’s Because “Real” Wages Fell Last Year

The Hottest Jobs Going Into 2019

Top Paying Jobs in 2019: How to Find One in a Fast Growing Field

Here’s How Much Money It Costs to Be Santa Claus—and How Much You Can Make

These Are Going to Be the Hottest Jobs in 2019

Employees Want Fair Pay — and Fair Treatment

The 25 Fastest-Growing Jobs of 2018

Guess How Much Mall Santas Earn — It’s Definitely More Than You Think

Family Obligations Widen Gender-Pay Gap, Research Suggests

Amazon’s Second Home? Geekwire Treks From Seattle to Virginia for New Insights Into HQ2 Search

A Software Engineer Collected Salaries in the Tech Industry. Here’s Her Advice for Employers.

Amazon Splits Second Headquarters

Why the Amazon Effect on House Prices May Be Muted in Chosen ‘HQ2’ Cities

A Tale of Two Cities: Amazon May Split HQ2, Citing Talent Shortage

Is Denver out of the Running for Amazon HQ2? Some Reports Have Mile High City on Outside Looking in

Amazon May Divide Second Headquarters Between Two Cities


Which Cities Offer Amazon the Best Talent for HQ2?

Updated November 13, 2018   The speculation and excitement about Amazon’s HQ2 search has been all over the news since they narrowed it down to the top 20 cities. Many were surprised when it was officially announced that HQ2 will be split between two cities

The 10 Best Colleges for Business Majors — and How Much New Grads Make

Most People Keep Their Salaries a Secret—Why That Strategy Can Backfire

Are You Underpaid? Here’s What to Do About It

Consumers Face a New — But Familiar — Economic Worry: Inflation

Stunning Jobs Numbers Mean Amazon Wage Hikes May Spread: Don Pittis

Grads at This College Earn The Most—and It’s Not MIT, Harvard or Stanford

The 10 Highest Paying College Majors

Graduates at This Little-known College Earn the Most

Grads From These Colleges have the Best Career Salaries

What Am I Worth at Work?

Women Reach Their Peak Salary Levels 10 Years Sooner Than Men

Sharing Pay Policies With Employees Can Help Build Trust

HR Certifications Worth Money

Women Still Underrepresented in Fortune 500 Leadership Roles

Here Are Five Ways You Can Take Action To Build Real Gender Equality

Here are America’s Top Colleges for 2018

Some Companies Are Bridging the Gender Pay Gap, but it Still Pays to Do Your Homework

Despite Low Unemployment, Employers Don’t Plan to Boost Bonus Budgets

Which Tech Companies Have the Most workers Who Feel Overpaid?

Nike to Adjust Pay for Thousands of Staffers After Internal Review

2019 Salary Budgets Inch Upward Ever So Slightly

PayScale: Business Owners, Shareholders – Not Workers – Gained Most from Tax Cut

Inflation, Tariffs Are Hitting Jobs at the Cash Register

Second Quarter GDP will be Powerful, but Workers Left Behind

Trump’s Tax Cut Hasn’t Done Anything for Workers

PayScale: Wages Fell from Q2 to Q2 in 2018

Worker Wages Drop While Companies Spend Billions to Boost


PayScale Index: U.S. Wages Grow for 8th Consecutive Quarter

Wages in the U.S. grew for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to the newly updated PayScale Index. U.S. wages increased 0.5 percent since Q1 2017 and 2.4 percent since Q2 2016. However, real wages were flat quarter-over-quarter, meaning that wage growt

PayScale Index: U.S. Wages Grow for 8th Consecutive Quarter

Wages in the U.S. grew for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to the newly updated PayScale Index. U.S. wages increased 0.5 percent since Q1 2017 and 2.4 percent since Q2 2016. However, real wages were flat quarter-over-quarter, meaning that wage growt

Add PayScale’s Compference 2017 to Your HR Conference Schedule

You have many choices when trying to decide where to best spend your time and money at an HR industry conference. In the HR field, there are several that rise to the top and specialize in fascinating topics like compensation planning, HRIS, innovation and...

How HR Can Welcome Moms After Maternity Leave

Having a baby, especially your first one, can be scary. Add in the stress of a day-to-day job, the questions about your career — Can I still be on the fast track after I have the baby? How do I do all of this...

Pay the Friendly Way: United Airlines Ties Executive Compensation to Customer Satisfaction

You’d have to live under a rock to be unaware of United Airlines’ recent PR challenges. From a passenger who was violently dragged from one of its planes to, most recently, the death of one of the world’s largest rabbits while aboard a United...

10 Rules for Salary Negotiation

1. Never accept the first salary offer. 2. Remember that you can negotiate more than just salary. A sign-on bonus and stock options are also major components of your offer that can be negotiated. 3. Work with your recruiter. Recruiters are your friends. They..

To Negotiate or Not to Negotiate … That Is the Question.

Salary negotiation: an uncomfortable, but necessary (and rewarding!) process that every professional experiences at different times throughout their career. The process requires research, an understanding of your value, a thoughtful strategy, and confidence. A

Introductory Period of Employment

Introductory Period of Employment Versus Probationary Period Q&A Employers that use the phrase “probationary period” to refer to their new employees’ first few months of work may find they have created enhanced job rights that they did not intend. Fi

Employee Use of Medical Marijuana

The Dope on Medical Marijuana for Employers Employee use of medical marijuana is one of the hot employer topics of the decade. As more states legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, more employers will have to decide how they will deal with...

Activities to Reduce Employee Stress

Take a Deep Breath and Start Improving Employee Productivity What can companies do that is free, shows quick results, and can have a long term beneficial impact on employee’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being? Simple – teach them breathing tec

HR Articles on Healthcare Reform

HR Articles and Online Resources for Healthcare Reform By Staff Writer How much do you know about the new health care legislation? As the owner or HR professional at your company, it’s important that you become a reliable resource. There is a lot to...