PayScale – Why Work For Us?

undefinedWhether it’s the employee looking for a raise or the CFO trying to tame labor spending, the issue of employee compensation inspires emotion – anger, triumph, anxiety and relief. Long managed in secret by employers, PayScale has pulled the veil off of this touchy topic by letting everyone share exactly what they are paid.

Want to join the pay-transparency revolution?

You’ll find PayScale truly embraces the “work hard, play hard” mentality! PayScale is a great place to work! We’re the market leader in global online compensation data. With the world’s largest database of individual employee compensation profiles, PayScale provides an immediate and precise snapshot of the job market. Our real-time profiling system indexes custom employee attributes (such as industry-specific certifications) and specific job titles for every industry.

PayScale provides cutting edge technology to businesses to help them stay competitive, retain talent and manage their largest investment: their people.

We’re known for compensating employees (salaries + stock) very well relative to the rest of the industry, and also offer employees lots of little perks, such as:

  • A casual work environment and relaxed dress code (JSS: jeans, shorts, sandals)
  • Unlimited coffee, tea (and the occasional office Happy Hour)
  • Gym memberships available at a low cost including cardio equipment, free weights, full shower facilities and options for personal training
  • Chef available weekly with a variety of options to choose from
  • Office located in the heart of avid Seattle sports fan’s paradise – our deck overlooks Century Link Field!
  • Great healthcare, FSA options (including transportation), and other benefits
  • Ping pong table and a great BBQ deck overlooking the stadiums, complete with grill

GSD - We are “get stuff done” people. Smart and self-directed, employees at PayScale get lots of room to make their own decisions. We prefer to make short bets toward our long term goals and fail occasionally rather than having long, drawn-out projects that slow our evolution.

Work hard. Play hard. Go home!  – We work hard and then go home at the end of the day. Some startups are proud of their late nights and long work weeks. Good for them. We are proud of the hard work and great products built, sold, and supported by people who have happy lives both inside and outside of work. We also take time to celebrate our individual and team successes.

Location! Location! Location! – Award-winning dim sum, hand-poured lattes and micro-brews right nearby? You bet! We actually work on top of a brewery. The PayScale office is located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, next door to the vibrant International District. This area of the Seattle offers an outstanding variety of options for both adventurous and discerning eaters.

Living clean- PayScale’s office has a modern open feel with lots of natural light. We have showers and lockers for the bike commuters and lunchtime runners. We have a large, private outdoor deck with a gas grill. Employees gather here regularly for lunch, mid-work breaks, after work beverage sharing, or meetings in the sun*.


(*Or sun alternative such as rain and clouds.)


PayScale’s total compensation package goes beyond competitive wages and a generous benefits package. We offer a culture founded on work- life balance. Below are some of the perks PayScale can provide YOU:


For a full list of our benefits, please visit our benefits page.






PayScale employees are geeks, jocks, nerds, artists, rockers, gamers, cyclists, and more. Seattle has a diverse culture with an outdoorsy, artistic bent and PayScale leans the same way. We come together to support each other’s charities such as Movember, Crush Kid Cancer, and JDRF. We field multiple teams each year for Seattle’s Bike-to-Work month. And, groups of PayScale’ers gather regularly around the city to support music, comedy, and other artsy endeavors by fellow co-workers.

Essentially speaking, we are a young, hip company in Pioneer Square that has been around long enough to know better, and are still young enough to have opportunity dripping from every corner.

The ideal candidate is fun, loves to be in the game, is an A+ player, and wants to win. Winning in this position means not being afraid of rolling up your sleeves and getting a little muddy. It means, not being afraid to speak up and come to the table with solutions.




To learn more about our culture, please click here.

We are hiring engaging individuals with clear reasons why they are driven to sell for PayScale! Experience with sales and conceptual selling over the phone is beneficial to an Account Executive’s success and fit within our team. PayScale believes in a fun and exciting place to work – we reward our top performers with Monthly Quota Clubs which include going go-karting, playing whirly ball, putt-putt golf, Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders games and bowling! We take you places – Vegas and Whistler have been destinations for previous President’s Club recipients, as well as local and National SHRM conferences! 

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Headquartered in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, we take a casual work atmosphere and combine it with a group of highly motivated and energized sales professionals. This isn’t just a great place to work; we are a community that embodies the work hard, play hard mentality. As a company, we offer lucrative opportunities for top performers and a visible career path for both entry level and experienced salespeople.

Who you are:

As an Account Executive you will be a critical member of a FUN, fast-paced, growing Seattle based Technology Company providing Human Resource professionals with compensation solutions.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Generate new business opportunities through your own prospecting, as well as engaging leads that have already been developed through our website.
  • Become an expert for PayScale’s solutions in your territory. It will be your responsibility to be the industry expert in your territory for your customers.
  • Exposing and solving real problems for HR professionals and business leaders in new and dynamic ways.

Who we’re looking for:

  • You are passionate and have a proven track record of consistently exceeding expectations, both for the company & your customers.
  • Energy and enthusiasm are your forte! You think out-of-the-box and wow people with your creativity and quality work.
  • You want to be part of a company that is dramatically changing the way compensation is handled across North America
  • You’re fearless. You have no problem jumping in head first, constantly learning and pushing yourself to further develop your consultative sales skills.



PayScale Cares!

Our Community Giving Group strives to bring the same focus and innovation as we do with our products and services, in support of the community around us.

We give of our talents, expertise, time, and goodwill in order to positively impact our constituents and provide opportunity for progress.


The 4 areas of community we provide positive impact to:

  • PayScale Business Community (i.e. current client opportunities – Buzzbee Winter Warmth Drive, Toy for Joy/Salvation Army)
  • PayScale Intellectual Community (i.e. Mentoring – College Success Factors … NOTE: this is the weakest of them all, def needs some work)
  • PayScale Internal Community (i.e. Supporting our own, PayScalers who participate in various causes – JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, Columbia Tower Stair Climb, Mitrata-Nepal Foundation, Movember)
  • PayScale Local Community (i.e. Pioneer Square Clean-up, Classroom Supply Drives for local Teachers)

The biggest ways we’ve participated in service in the past would have to be the Spring Clean, Cycle for Survival, Toy for Joy – Salvation Army Event, and the Classroom Supply Drive. If you need me to elaborate more on those let me know.


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Cycle for Survival 2015



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    If you enjoy new challenges, are self motivated, and work well in a warm, but actively changing environment.

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    Great place to work with great people. PayScale puts a huge emphasis on hiring the right people and building an atmosphere and culture that promotes collaboration, teamwork, and a general feeling of camaraderie.


    It can sometimes feel like there is more talk than action - which leads to decisions being made on certain projects that seem abrupt (but are perhaps a result of needing to just choose a course and move forward after a certain amount of discussion). With an emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, it can sometimes be hard to figure out 'who's in charge' of a particular project.

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    Keep encouraging communication & leadership and don't let current initiatives fizzle out.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PayScale (Seattle, WA).


    I applied through their website and got contacted by a recruiter a week later. He scheduled time to talk to the hiring director. The phone call was not technical at all. It was as much for me to learn about the job, than for him to learn about my background. I appreciate these opportunities to chat about the job and make sure it's a good fit. I was then brought onsite for a round of 6 interviews. The office feels a little bit like a former warehouse someone has filled with desk, in a central downtown location. The elevator that takes you to Payscale floor is very old fashion, doesn't give you the feeling you're visiting a tech company. The onsite was overall really good. The people seem passionate about the company and very competent. That's always good. I interviewed with 6 folks, ranging from junior analysts, to managers, and engineers. The interviews are a mix of situational and technical, more geared towards technical. I completely screwed the CS interview (not even too hard, just me doing poorly in an area I'm not too strong to start with). I think I did well in all other interviews, which I found relatively easy. Many Machine Learning questions. The hiring director followed up a couple of days later to tell me they were not moving forward. All in all a nice experience and great people.

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Geekwire 200 (5) , Geekwire, 2015
10 Coolest Startup Spaces in Seattle's Pioneer Square , Geekwire, 2012
The Best Places to Work in Seattle , Seattle Met, 2013
Top 100 Washington Companies , Inc. 5000, 2012
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Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology

PayScale provides cutting edge technology to businesses to help them stay competitive, retain talent and manage their largest investment: their people. We are a fast growing Warburg Pincus portfolio company headquartered in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Over 3000 customers and millions of consumers use PayScale’s products and website. We deliver SAAS solutions to HR Managers at ... More

Mission: Help Companies Design, Communicate and Optimize Compensation Strategies that Enable Their Business and Employees to Thrive.

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