Launches Free Online Salary Information at in Partnership With PayScale and PayScale Release Top Ten Picks for Fast-Growing and Higher-Paying Jobs

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"A recent survey found 38 percent of hiring managers plan to raise salaries on job offers in the next 12 months," said Richard Castellini, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at "Whether you are changing jobs, trying out a new career or negotiating a better package with your current employer, has the tools and information you need to make sure your income fairly matches your output as an employee."

"The partnership between and PayScale provides consumers with real-time salary ranges and detailed salary comparisons not available anywhere else on the Internet," said PayScale CEO and President Mike Metzger. "As more and more job seekers come online for salary information and career advice, and PayScale will be a go-to source for compensation and employment intelligence."

So, what industries are paying off? identified the top ten areas where it has seen solid growth in online job postings over the last year. PayScale examined salary trends for thousands of jobs that fall under the categories identified by By comparing average total annual compensation(i) reported for the six months of 3/1/2006 to 9/1/2006 and the same period in 2005, PayScale identified positions that have significantly higher market wages(ii) this year than last. The following is a sampling of hot areas for hiring and compensation growth, and the PayScale current (as of 9/1/2006) average total annual compensation for each job:

  1.)  Accounting/Finance
        a. Personal Banker: $37,700
        b. Commercial Loan Officer: $75,700
  2.)  Healthcare
        a. Clinical Research Associate: $61,300
        b. Anesthesiologist: $225,000
  3.)  Information Technology
        a. Webmaster: $49,200
        b. Senior Database Administrator: $93,300
  4.)  Engineering
        a. Civil Engineer: $57,200
        b. Project Engineer: $65,200
  5.)  Sales
        a. Sales Assistant: $35,800
        b. Sales Engineer: $79,900
  6.)  Administrative Support
        a. Human Resources Coordinator: $40,200
        b. Financial Controller: $79,900
  7.)  Professional & Business Services
        a. Paralegal: $39,500
        b. Financial Analyst: $70,500
  8.)  Retail
        a. Retail Store Assistant Manager: $39,100
        b. Buyer: $47,900
  9.)  Hospitality
        a. Restaurant General Manager: $49,800
        b. Hotel General Manager: $56,600
  10.) Customer Service
        a. Technical Support Specialist: $49,100
        b. Call Center Manager: $53,800

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(i) Average total annual compensation is calculated by summing the annual base salary, bonus, profit sharing, and commissions, if applicable, for each individual. After removing outliers, the average is formed by calculating the arithmetic mean of the individual total annual compensations. Only data from the USA are used. The average reported is for the mix of experience, skills, and locations present in the PayScale database, which represents ~1% of all employees in the United States.

(ii) Significantly higher is >7% year-over-year increases (50% CL, >4% 97% CL) for employees with the same level of experience doing the same job. The data set does not contain exactly the same individual at the same company doing the same job in each year. The average total compensation is the market price determined from a statistical sample of individuals in the database for each period. It represents what an employer would have to pay to hire a person for a job, not necessarily what everyone doing a job is paid.

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