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Trends

Want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to salary trends? Then you've come to the right place. This section will focus on all the latest compensation trends that matter most to you. Whether it's figuring out the 10 Cities with the Highest Salaries or identifying patterns concerning bonuses and raises, make sure to check back here frequently to get the latest scoop.

Trends Advice

  • Must I settle for a 3 percent increase?

    I work in a hospital in Florida as a computer operator. Before this I was a computer operator at another company for almost 20 years. I am paid a salary of $19,406, well below the Computer Operator I salary quoted in the Salary Wizard, … Read more...

  • Domestic Partner Benefits

    In 1982, the Village Voice started the trend of offering domestic-partner benefits, or benefits an employer voluntarily decides to offer to an employee's unmarried partner of the same or opposite sex, to its employees. The cities of … Read more...

  • Executive Compensation

    For the company's fiscal year ending May 31, 2000, Ellison was paid $208,000 in base salary and received no annual bonus. This is considerably less than he received in fiscal 1999: a base salary of $1 million and a bonus of $2.75 million. … Read more...

  • Self-employment

    The dream of working independently is a reality for almost 10 million people in the United States, or roughly 10 percent of the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rewards of self-employment include independence from … Read more...

  • Executive Compensation

    Chief executive officers (CEOs) get paid lots of money for being the top employees in the company. Why do they get paid so much? Like athletes and actors, CEOs provide a level of talent that is required to produce the desired product - in … Read more...

  • Compensation Surveys

    Paying people fairly is good for business. Underpay, and employees will eventually look for a better offer. Overpay, and the payroll budget and profitability will suffer. That's why companies use market data to research the value of their … Read more...

  • Layoff Survival Guide: You're It! How Layoffs Happen and What to Expect

    Michelle Babineau of Boston, Mass. has been laid off three times in seven months. The dot-com veteran has been through it all: the conference with a terse manager and human resources representative; the company-wide announcement led by a … Read more...

  • Business travel: Should we fly? Or surf?

    Prior to 2001, business travel spending was on the rise. It seemed as if everyone was jet setting off to meet a client, or attend some conference or another. Since the attacks on September 11th, things have changed. While it is true that … Read more...

  • Business travel: Relax: You're Flying

    One mile high, as the stars come out, you place cucumbers over your eyelids and settle in for a good night's sleep in coach. Children may kick the seat behind you, the guy to your right may encroach, and strange human noises may blend … Read more...

  • Life and Work in a Temporary Job

    Many job seekers see the combination of schedule flexibility and a constantly changing work atmosphere as a professional alternative to the tedium and concreteness of working full-time. While flexibility, work diversity, and free training … Read more...