By Stephanie Sanders
A lot of people have been asking me why I went on strike. I have a simple answer: Because I'm not a teen anymore.
I work at McDonald's, and I hear a lot of people talk about how fast-food jobs are for teenagers. Well, I'm not a teenager. I'm 33 years old. And I work with a lot of people... Read More »
Every day, foreign aid workers, federal agents, and public policy scholars go to work in the palatial Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Ave., the most expensive federal building ever constructed. So did Joel Mejia, a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant (right) -- for $9 an hour and no benefits, in the building's... Read More »
By Alison Green
You've researched the going rate for your work, documented your accomplishments from the last year and put together a case for a salary increase, and now you're sitting across from your boss, having just uttered the words, "I'd like a raise." And you might be getting a little panicky as you... Read More »
It's probably no coincidence that Hollywood has decided to turn F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby, into a new movie (released Friday). The book famously depicts the lavish living and fancy galas of high-income earners in America's Roaring 1920s. Fast forward 90 years to another era of income... Read More »
After she completed her year as a student teacher in southern Oregon, Joleena Malugani (pictured) couldn't find work close to home. So she accepted the best offer she got -- which meant moving to the heart of oil country, Odessa, Texas -- and learned that not everyone is lifted in a boom economy.
West Texas'... Read More »
By Matthew Tarpey
Most experts agree that about one-third of your salary should go toward paying rent. Unfortunately, in some cities that's a tough goal to achieve.
Using data from Economic Modeling Specialists International, along with average rent costs provided by numbeo.com, we've determined how many hours... Read More »
PARADEAlana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson
Ever wonder what your local mayor makes? Or the comedian at the company retreat? (Hint: It's more than you think!) In our annual jobs survey, salary taboos take a hike.
City: St. Paul, Minn.
Occupation: Movie projector technician
Pay:... Read More »
As a partner at a Dallas-based law firm, Kimberly A. Elkjer felt isolated. "She just thought the guys wouldn't hang out with her, and she didn't know why," says her attorney Amy Gibson. But then, Elkjer claims, she discovered that the law firm had an actual policy that prevented that, either in the office or... Read More »
By Robert Half Technology
The ability to recruit and retain skilled information-technology employees is crucial for almost any organization today. Companies that can't secure enough qualified IT professionals to support their business needs risk not being able to operate effectively, let alone pursue new... Read More »
Workers in seven of the 10 largest occupations typically earn less than $30,000 a year, according to new data published Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a far cry from the nation's average annual pay of $45,790. Read More »
Thousands of people have flocked to West Texas in the past two years in the hope of riding its oil boom. Rents in the area have skyrocketed, almost every apartment has a waiting list, and some end up living in motels for months on end. But it's not just oil field workers who are feeling the squeeze for shelter.... Read More »
For three years, Ian Rizzio, 24, had been working for a Portland sandwich shop to put himself through school. He was the manager -- working 25 to 35 hours a week, earning $9.50 an hour -- when one day he woke up feeling sick. He went into work, but ended up vomiting in the bathroom. Knowing that he couldn't... Read More »
It's an article of faith among Americans that we are overworked. We work long hours at our paid jobs, then come home and put in a long second shift. Mothers, in particular, perceive their combined work and child-care hours as extensive, leaving us starved for time -- a starvation that we sometimes assume our... Read More »
You apply for a job: "What are your salary requirements?" Gulp.
You're offered a job: "Is the salary acceptable?" Gulp.
You want a raise: "Well, how much do you want?" Gulp. Read More »
When tales emerge from the retail supply chain, they're usually tragic, like the alleged sweatshop conditions at the Foxconn plants that churn out Apple products, or the 112 Bangladeshi workers who died when their factory, where clothes for Walmart, Sears Holdings and Disney were made, burned to the ground.
But... Read More »
By Annalyn Kurtz
The fastest growing job in America pays poorly. Meet home health care aides.
These nearly 2 million (mostly minorities and women) workers do everything from prepare meals and clean homes, to bathe and change bedpans for elderly and disabled patients. Read More »
By Susan Ricker
Paychecks can vary based on factors including industry, location and company, though there's generally a standard pay range for every job function. Yet, many people have a preconception of what workers in certain fields earn, such as the assumption that all doctors and lawyers have high incomes.... Read More »
Recently Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ignited a national debate by banning work-from-home jobs. Now Best Buy Co. has followed suit. On Monday, it announced that it ended its much-vaunted program allowing corporate employees to work flexibly, where and when they want. Read More »
By Jennifer Liberto
The first furlough notices for government employees have gone out.
The Army sent letters on Feb. 28 and March 1 to unions warning that employees at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., will be forced to stay at home without... Read More »
Who doesn't want to make more money? While we've all heard that money doesn't buy happiness, it's nice to be able to decide for ourselves if it's true or not. How can you earn more dough? You may be surprised to learn how some simple steps can make a difference in your bottom line. Read More »