You look across the table and your eyes meet. You blink and then quickly look away. Was that a smile you detected? You hope so, because you were smiling, too. No, you're not on a date. You're at a job interview and it's going well. It's the second time you've met with the prospective employer and you feel like... Read More »
For some 8 million Americans, part-time jobs are a way of life. Many are cobbling together several part-time gigs while they search for that elusive full-time job. Some, though, prefer part-time work because it offers flexibility and time off for other pursuits, including raising kids.
But... Read More »
Nearly a quarter of a million dollars. That's how much a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee was paid last year under a presidential program that recognizes exceptional performance on the job.
The government worker, a veterinarian, was paid $179,700 in base salary and given a $62,895 "service bonus" for... Read More »
As the nation's baby boomer generation has aged, there's been a corresponding increase in demand for workers to provide health-care services. It comes as little surprise then that the health-care sector has added an average of 28,000 jobs a month during the last 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor... Read More »
With U.S. workers' wages stagnating, the idea of earning $100,000 a year without a bachelor's degree might seem impossible.
But there are jobs that command high salaries, have plenty of openings, and require only certification from a vocational school or an associate degree, typically earned at one of the... Read More »
By Justin Thompson
Tax season is upon us, with less than two months to go until the April 17th deadline.
Last year at this time I was a contract employee, and I remember the hassle of having to go through my taxes. I didn't know what I was getting myself into, but I did listen to my mother's sage advice... Read More »
By Steph Auteri
One of the big challenges of launching your career as a freelancer is figuring out how much to charge – and convincing potential clients you're worth that amount.
Do you start at $15/hour? $25/hour? $50/hour? What if you overprice your services and the client balks? Read More »
By Calli Tapler
In the boom times, taking a pay reduction was pretty much unthinkable. You worked hard and did well so you got a raise or a better job that paid more money. A decrease in salary was seen negatively, as if you'd done something wrong in your career. Read More »
Most service professionals rely on tips, most famously a restaurant's wait staff, whose base pay is a far cry from the minimum wage. But there are many others we may not think of tipping, or tipping very much, even though they also depend on our generosity for a chunk of their take-home pay. Read More »
If you're pinching your pennies a little tighter this year, you may be tempted to hold back on handing extra dollars to the service providers in your life. But, if you do, remember that skipping a worker's gratuity, in many cases, would be like your boss saying to you, "Hey, guess what? We're going to cut your... Read More »
A report from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms once again that higher degrees really are worth the heavy cost, when it comes to the boost it gives your lifetime earnings. Your level of education has more of an effect on your salary than your race, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, English-speaking ability or... Read More »
By Elise Oras
With the holiday season just around the corner, companies are hiring seasonal employees to help handle the overload of customers. Besides adding extra cash to your wallet, seasonal work can have extra benefits like acquiring professional references, gaining experience in a different field, and... Read More »
Tips have reached a tipping point. The amount people in the service industry make in tips is up for the first time in three years, according to a report published today by PayScale. The online compensation data company reported that tips fell 5% between 2008 and 2009, remained flat from 2009 to 2010, but rose... Read More »
The debate over federal employee pay is an old and always fiery one. Every year, the Federal Salary Council comes out with a report that states that federal workers receive significantly less pay compared to private workers in similar jobs. Then conservative think tanks strike back with their own analyses,... Read More »
By Heather R. Huhman
Have you ever run across a job posting that asked you to include your "salary requirements" or "salary history"? This can be a difficult subject to approach during your job hunt, particularly if you had a high salary at your last position or have no salary history whatsoever.
For job... Read More »
It seems that the top universities deliver on their promises and that a top education very nearly guarantees a successful career and high salary. Princeton graduates, for example, earn $130,000 (median salary at mid-career), while Coker College alumni make about one third of that, or $43,400, according to... Read More »
Last week, Western Sugar Cooperative in Denver agreed to pay $550,000 to settle a claim that it discriminated against its female employees.
As reported by The Associated Press, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission said that the sugar processor denied women training, promotions and year-round... Read More »
The minimum wage is about to get a little better.
Or at least in eight states which have announced plans to increase the state minimum wage. The states include Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Florida and Vermont. The first five have already announced the specifics of the minimum wage... Read More »
Here's what real people from across the country earn in industries far and wide. See how your paycheck matches up – or maybe get some ideas for your dream job. Read More »
They've made you laugh, they've made you cry, and done it all while working hard to pay the bills. Your favorite TV characters not only have engrossing personalities, they have on-screen jobs with incomes that vary widely. How much does your favorite TV character earn? Read More »