So my annual review will be coming up in a few months. My job title is "Software Support Engineer." I'm making something in the 30-40k range, which is a good amount for someone with as little experience as I've got (I just started in IT about 2 years ago.) Prepping for my annual review, I bought one of those Salary.com employer salary survey reports. Median pay listed for a "Software Support Engineer I" is $63k! Am I underpaid, or am I really a "Technical Support Representative II" or whatever, and just have a cool job-title? [more inside]
I need to figure out if my coworkers and I are owed overtime pay. I'm getting conflicting information everywhere I go, and if I need to refer to a lawyer in the end so be it. Maybe you guys can help though... We're salaried video game artists in California. [more inside]
I’m going to be very busy for a month or so and unable to create content for my blog. As an experiment I’d like to put an ad on Craigslist and try to hire someone to write two or three 150-1500 word articles about home machining and metalworking for me. What would be a fair price to pay that will generate some interest but not bust my bank account? [more inside]
I'm looking for salary guidelines for a job outside my field that I'm interested in -- coordinating events and marketing for an indie bookstore. [more inside]
Interesting profit-sharing schemes or payment incentives for programmers? What can my boss give me to make me work more efficiently? [more inside]
Relating to yesterday's credit check question, how do you reply to a prospective employer who wants your salary history in a way that's fair to your value? So many IT/Web type jobs over the past few years have seen pay rates chopped down. If they ask, and A) I know my former employers don't give out salary information; and B) they don't require some sort of three year old pay stub - then why can't I just fluff it up to my true value again? I don't want to get in trouble, but I'm sick of getting low-balled. There's no way I can let them continue to get away with this! Do you just lie? What's the system?