When you visit the site you’re asked to complete a couple of questions that will take about 5 minutes. Once you complete those questions, which some of them are optional, you’ll be presented with information targeted to your job title and your region. You can see how you compare with others in a number of ways such as, wage, bonus, hourly rate, as well as how experience and number of years in your field affect your salary. There’s a lot of good information on the site. Some of the information you have to pay for if you want to see, but everything above that I mentioned is completely free, along with a lot of other information.
Payscale is gaining popularity in many areas. I think the reason for that is because it gathers real world information from real people. The information isn’t inflated or flawed. It simply gathers information from ordinary people and displays that information to others that are interested, while at the same time preserving the confidentiality of what visitors enter into Payscale’s database.
It basically works on the honor system. If you only make $10,000 a year, but tell Payscale that you make $20,000 when answering the questions, the output data for everyone viewing information about that particular job will be skewed. I don’t think that will be much of a problem though. I think people, in general, want to be honest because they want honest results from the site. Go check out the site for yourself, and let me know what you think by leaving a comment or sending me an email at .