PayScale.  PayScale gives you an estimate or approximation of what a job might pay. Generally, you already know what a job might pay, but this site confirms that figure for you.  The one feature that I do like about is it that presents a career path around the kind of job you’re looking for, so that you can see clearly what options you might have after entry-level positions.  Besides a career path, the site also offers an education path, like what degrees and courses you should consider if you want to move up in pay and in career position.  It’s definitely worth a look.

This would have been helpful to me when I first got into teaching.  Though I had friends who were administrators, that kind of work–in other words, lying to my staff and using “the children,” “the parents,” and “the community”– as my fodder, no, I could not do that.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017:
11 Jobs That Pay $100,000 a Year or More.

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017:
20 Highest-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a Master’s Degree

Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2017:
According to this 2015 report, CDL Truck Drivers can earn $73,000 a year.  There was apparently a shortage of drivers in 2015..

Posted on Saturday, October 7, 2017
Underpaid?  Find out.  Here are the salary calculators: from Dice, from Glassdoor, and StackOverflow.  

To have perspective on your own career, it doesn’t hurt to know what other careers pay.  No, that doesn’t mean that the only consideration when weighing a job or career or the education necessary to attain such a career is money, but money is an important signal that will help you compare and through that comparison help you decide at least on a direction if not a specific job.  So, going to, I learened that Graphic Artists make about $3,000/month.  Not a lot of money, but not minimum wage either.  That’s $750.00/week and $36,000.00 a year.  Hmm.  Teachers with 10 years of tenure can earn $60,000.00 or more. 

$73,000/year: CDL Truck Drivers. 

$36,000/year: Graphic Artists 

$60,000/year: High School Teacher.  Understand what high school is all about.  It is mostly about management.  If you like working in an environment where you get to command the attention of teenagers, either by charm or coercion, then this job is for you. 


Liz Ryan offers some good insight.

There is no business reason for an employer to withhold the starting salary range for a job opening. It would be more efficient and save everybody time if every job ad included a salary range.

However that is not the case. You have to ask about the salary range or you might find yourself waiting for the job offer to find out what you’re going to get paid!

You can ask “What is the salary range for this position?” when a recruiter first contacts you about a position.

If you are dealing with a third-party recruiter, the salary issue will be raised. A third-party recruiter would never send you to the interview without first confirming that your target salary range and the employer’s salary range intersect.

Many internal recruiters and HR folks will do just the opposite. They will invite you for an interview without telling you what their salary range is. They will ask you what you earn now or what you were earning at your last job, instead.

The practice of asking for a job-seeker’s salary history is becoming illegal in more and more places. New Jersey is the latest state to consider banning employers from asking a candidate for their salary history.

Some tips from Chris Voss and Gary North.