Author: Nicole

Nicole Tessier is the Social Media Marketing Manager at PayScale, the leader in modern compensation data and software. PayScale powers pay decisions for over 23 million employees (and counting!) and hosts the world’s largest continuous salary survey which supports individual’s compensation analysis. Nicole has spent the last 5 years in social media strategy, promotions, and content marketing roles for B2B SaaS organizations, as well as in agency and contract settings. She is passionate about providing and sharing solutions that empower and connect individuals, through the use of technology. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Colorado, and has received two certificates from the University of Washington, in Social Media Technologies and Implementation, as well as Marketing Analytics.


A ‘Working’ Mother’s Love

"I had to work and it took our precise time, but it was all for you, precious child of mine." Linda Nyland's book 'This Job’s Not For You' is a poignant account of gender inequity and redemption dedicated to her daughter — for this Mother's Day and always.

Honor Black History Month, Prioritize Pay Equity

For Black History Month, we spotlight the inequity, or unequal access of opportunities, that impact Black professionals. The pay gap between African American or Black professionals and white workers has only slightly narrowed over the years, despite resounding calls for workplace reform and economic justice.  

MarketPay Jobs: An Unparalleled Solution

Accurate job descriptions can serve as a key document in developing a fair and equitable work environment. A job description is a technical document that acts as the backbone and infrastructure of how to do a job well. It covers competencies, abilities, requirements, and is a compliance driven document that informs compensation. To produce effective job descriptions, you...

Illuminate Your People Strategy with MarketPay Jobs

For many organizations, it’s merit cycle season. If you are currently amid the substantial undertaking of this annual program, you are acutely aware that this process is not done in a vacuum. With up to 70% of a business’s operating expenses associated with human capital costs, it’s clearly a companywide effort. The foundation of which, starts with well managed job descriptions.   How is your organization collaborating with the key stakeholders that influence...

Introducing MarketPay Jobs, powered by JDXpert!

Leading organizations know that robust job description management is key to attracting talent with the skills they need to grow their business. A once often overlooked area of Human Resources and point of friction between managers and their HR partners, job descriptions have become an essential function of talent acquisition and workforce...

The coronavirus could set back a generation of women

More workers hit with pay cuts than in last recession, and stagnant wages could linger

10 Best Public Colleges

Pay Transparency Takes Center Stage As More Workers Talk Wages

Should You Adjust Pay for Remote Employees?

Love working from home? Here are 20 of the best jobs and careers for being remote

100 Best Companies To Work For: Large

From the best major to finding purpose in life — how going to college affects your happiness

HR Updates in Aug. 2020 – Part 1: Innovative HR Tech, but Stress From Bad Managers

How PayScale is Supporting Its Working Parents While Remote

Black salaries matter: Efforts to close the wage gap are working

Black Women Should Be: Believed, Supported, And Paid Equitably. 4 Tips On How To Advocate For Black Women

What COVID means to compensation

As COVID-19 hit, many Canadians got pay cuts — others, raises

Women are the front-line soldiers in the battle against coronavirus — but we’re still not paying them as much as men

Coronavirus boosts transport wages faster than any other US sector in Q1

Tech job postings fall, raising questions if Bay Area tech salaries will follow

It could take 4 to 5 years for many Americans to recover wages lost to coronavirus

Women are disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19

Coronavirus wake-up call on gender pay

Here’s what equal pay looks like for workers during the coronavirus

Data shows pay transparency could be the No. 1 solution to closing the gender pay gap

Concerned About Pay Equity? Try Pay Transparency

Startup leaders share leadership advice navigating COVID-19 crisis

PayScale: Overall Gender Pay Gap Shrinks, but Slightly

Why some women might take an extra financial hit from the coronavirus epidemic

Most Companies Leaving Pay Programs Alone for Now

Employers rethinking compensation strategy to recruit, retain workers

Most Pay Raises 3% or Less, according to PayScale

High Performing Tech Workers See Pay Increases while Average Wages Stagnate

One simple strategy could eliminate the gender pay gap

Would making salaries public help end disparities?

Does Pay Transparency Close the Gender Pay Gap?

TechMoves: PayScale Hires Legal Chief

Is Trump’s proposed 1% raise and benefit cuts for federal employees fair?

Nearly half of Americans say rising cost of living is biggest threat to financial security

Transparency Shrinks Gender Pay Gap

Gender Wage Gap: Is Tech Successfully Closing It?

Pay transparency helps to eliminate gender wage gap: report

Gender Pay Gap Smallest for Millennials, GenZ, Largest for Older Generations

TechMoves: PayScale’s New CMO

Should you discuss your salary with friends?

How the Coronavirus Widens the Gender Pay Gap


Communicating Compensation Throughout the Employee Lifecycle: Recruiting

An employee’s experience with compensation starts at the beginning of communication with a prospective organization, during the recruiting process. And, whether or not you’re aware of it, there is a story being told (true or not) about what people believe you pay, how you pay and why you pay the way you...

What gets measured matters

What to say when you’re asking for raise, and how to say it

Bringing Artificial Intelligence into Pay Decisions

Uber CEO: This is the subject young people should study in college

No, humanities degrees don’t mean low salaries

Meet the new CEOs: Scott Torrey plans to double size of PayScale

Here Are the 10 Hottest Job Markets for 2020

The hottest jobs of 2019 and what’s next for 2020

Santa’s pay takes a hit this year

Hiring experts expect demand for this role to surge in 2020 — and it can pay a median of $126,000

These are the 10 hottest jobs right now

Employers must ‘go the extra mile’ and negotiate more than salary, Robert Half says

Two-thirds of graduate degree holders have regrets

Applications to business schools are down—but women are making modest gains

Comparing The College Scorecard And PayScale’s College Salary Report: Four Key Differences

PayScale’s New Differentials Engine Uses AI and Big Data to Enable Users to More Accurately Price Hot Jobs in Competitive Markets

Candidates, Managers Need HR to Accurately Price Skills

Without Tactical Training, Old Leadership Habits Die Hard

Employees Prize Leadership Training Above Other Learning

Employers focused on training to retain employees

Wanna Boost Employee Retention? Focus on Leadership Training and Certifications


Latina Equal Pay Day 2019

Leer versión en español November 20, 2019 is Latina Equal Pay Day. This symbolizes the day when Hispanic women’s earnings catch up to non-Hispanic white men’s earnings from the previous year. It’s a sobering reality that Latina women earn just 54 cents for every dollar a white, non-Hispanic male earns.  In other...

2020 Hindsight: The CEO Challenge To Fix The Gender Pay Gap

5 jobs that could weather a recession, according to PayScale

A Mentor Can Skill You, But A Sponsor Will Promote You

Is it Weird to Ask My Friends Their Salaries

The no-no of asking job hopefuls about salary history

Trump failed American workers even without the trade war

Report: The race and gender of your office ‘sponsor’ can affect your salary

Hone Your Negotiation Skills

It’s not just Google: ‘Fierce’ competition for tech talent is pushing median salaries past $200K at many Silicon Valley companies

An extra word in your title could boost your salary by thousands of dollars

10 great remote jobs for people who are into health and wellness

Talking your way into a Bigger Raise

Women are pursuing more high paying degrees but the pay gap remains


Benefits Industry Newsmakers

The Spookiest Jobs of 2019

13 Spooky jobs and what they pay

The spookiest jobs and what they pay, according to PayScale

8 Spookiest Jobs of 2019

Employees Prize Leadership Training Above Other Learning

Refreshing Change: There’s a recent economic data point that puts Cleveland amongst the best in the country

Wage Growth in Cleveland Among the Highest in the Country Last Year

Why hasn’t record low unemployment led to higher wages?

Atlanta ranks among those cities with lowest wage growth

These are the cities with the highest and lowest wage growth, according to PayScale

Rapid growth in jobs and office rents puts Seattle among leaders in top 30 tech markets

Seattle among tech cities shows highest wage growth in PayScale’s latest Compensation Index


8 Spooky Jobs and What They Pay

Nocturnist, Gravediggers and Butchers — oh my! This Halloween season, PayScale presents another installment of spooky jobs. In order to compile this list, we looked at salary data from over 10,000 employees to find out how much these spooky jobs pay. While these jobs may be chilling, let’s remember (and celebrate!) the...

PayScale Index Q3 2019: Mild Wage Growth Across U.S. Despite Record Low Unemployment

Organizations need precise and timely data, along with the capabilities to accurately analyze that data, to make informed decisions about allocating a limited compensation budget. This is important both on the macro level of developing competitive compensation strategies and also on the micro level of determining market-based pay for individual employees. Including...

Key to Closing the Gender Pay Gap is White Male Sponsors

Discovering and fixing unexpected causes of pay gaps between genders and races

Grads from the College in Washington State Earn More than Their Peers

These are the Top Schools and Degrees with the Highest Earning Potential

Top Majors for High Paying Starting Salaries

Top Colleges with the Highest Paid Graduates

Average Starting Salary for Recent College Grads Hover Near $51,000

The Top 25 Colleges in the Northeast – Ivies and STEM Colleges Dominate

The Top US Colleges that Pay Off the Most in Big Cities

The 11 Most Meaningful College Majors and How Much They Pay

The 10 Highest-Paying Associates Degrees of 2019, According to PayScale

What Students Need to Know Before Applying to One of the United States Military Academies

The 5 US Colleges that Pay Off the Most for Business Students

The 15 US Colleges that Pay Off the Most for Engineering Students

The 10 Highest Paying College Majors, According to PayScale

Graduates of These US Colleges Earn the Most


Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2019

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. This means black women in America have to work all through the year of 2018 and until August 22nd 2019 to catch up with what men earned in 2018 alone. Regardless of their occupation and level of education or years of experience, Black women are still paid...

Millennial CFO of $7B Company: Mentorship key to career path

Study: Workers make more money when a white male advocates for them

Workplace advocates would help close wage gap, especially for women of color

Sponsorships could help close the gender pay gap, especially for women of color

The White Male Mentorship Premium

Survey shows having a white male advocate at work increases pay

Study: 2 in 3 Americans regret their college degrees

College degrees come with buyer’s remorse

Is a master’s degree worth it? That depends

20 best paying jobs for college business majors: 2019

Many Grads Have Regrets About College

College grads of every age share this common regret about their degrees

Student loan debt tops college graduates’ list of regrets

Survey: Student loan debts tops graduate’s list of regrets

14 college majors people say they regret the most

This chart shows how much American’s earn at every age

UN Women are Working to Eliminate Gender Bias and Close Pay Gap

It isn’t Just Soccer: US Women Still Earn $0.79 for Every $1 Received by Men

3 Ways the Gender Pay Gap is Even Bigger than you Think

They chanted for equal pay. Fans back the U.S. women’s team as World Cup win puts gender pay in the spotlight


How First Time Managers Can Become Great Leaders

After years of being an individual contributor, now is your chance to step up to the plate as a manager and be an advocate for your team. First time managers have been granted the significant responsibility to lead and develop the relationships, work and future of their teams. For some first time managers, this may...

Statistics On Women’s Peak Earning Potential Show The Pay Gap May Be Getting Worse

Unity and equality highlight Champion Awards in Seattle as women business leaders honored

College Majors Americans Regret the Most

5 things you didn’t realize you could ask for that can save you lots of money

Compensation data site PayScale valued at $325M after new private equity investment

The College Major Americans Regret Choosing the Most

The top 9 investors in US SBOs

Francisco Partners Deal Values PayScale at $325 Million

Manufacturing, transportation hit hard as ‘real wages’ falter

The right way to network at each stage of your career

Seattle companies are pulling in venture capital

Revolving Door? How To Reverse High Turnover At Your Workplace

The surprising salary comparisons for jobs in the for-profit vs nonprofit sectors

College Students Set Salary Expectations Too High: Survey

These are the top reasons why people quit their jobs

100 Best Companies to Work For 2019

I talk too much about money and you should, too

Women’s earnings peak 11 years sooner than men’s

Dispelling Myths About The Gender Pay Gap

Women see their wages peak earlier and lower than men

9 unexpectedly high-paying jobs — some paying $110,000 or more

The Baby Boomer vs. Millennial Investment Smackdown

One-third of Americans say they need a side gig to pay expenses

Women reach their earnings peak 11 years before men and are paid $35,000 less, survey shows

Women reach their earnings peak 11 years before men and are paid $35,000 less, survey shows

Survey finds women reach their earnings peak 11 years before men but make $35,000 less

No significant wage increases on horizon

Survey finds women’s earnings peak 11 years earlier than men, and they earn $35,000 less

‘How Perfect Do I Need to Be?’

Play Fair: Why Women’s Earnings Peak and Gender Pay Gap Matter

In the Right Direction

This is the most regrettable college major in America

66% of US college grads regret their education, study finds

PayScale Poll: 2/3rds of American Employees Regret Their Degree

College graduates’ ‘number one regret’ revealed in new survey

Do You Regret Your CS or Engineering Major?

Here’s what graduates regret the most about college

These majors are most likely to make you regret your college choices

Two-thirds of Americans regret their college degrees

This is the most regrettable college major in America

Most Workers Who Leave Do So for Higher Pay

The Myth of the Average Employee

These are the reasons why people quit their jobs

Cash Remains King: New study confirms what others have said for years

Infographic: 25% Americans Quit Their Job For A Higher Pay

Time to fill a position now 71 days

Why American workers quit their jobs

Workers have more power to quit nowadays

PayScale Report: Now might be the best time to quit

Why do People Quit their Jobs?

Lack of Money, Meaning Fuels Turnover, PayScale Says

‘Opportunity gap’ to blame for continued wage disparity

Here’s how much men and women earn at every age

The Gender Pay Gap Narrowed by 1% this Year. Here’s What’s Behind that Shift

Women with MBAs Earn 74 Cents for Every Dollar that their Male Counterparts Make

Jobs Where Women Face the Biggest Pay Gaps

Overstating Gender Pay Gap Makes Women Feel Like Victims, Not Victors

It’s Equal Pay Day, Here’s What Women Can do to Close the Gender Pay Gap for Good.

Unequal Pay Advancement Fuels Gender Pay Gap

States with the Largest and Smallest Gender Pay Gap

How These Corporations are Shrinking the Gender Pay Gap and Making Equal Pay Real

Your salary may peak sooner than you think if you’re a woman in the US

Employers Less Transparent About Pay, Aspire to Be More Open