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Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
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Information Technology
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Fair Pay: Finally, a mission you can actually buy into! PayScale is the world leader in modern compensation software. If you work here, you can be a part of making sure people get paid fairly. What's more important than that?

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Mission: Compensation used to be a dark art. Not anymore.

PayScale's mission is to help companies design, communicate and optimize compensation strategies that enable their business and employees to thrive.

Company Updates

  • 2017 Compensation Best Practices: Find out why your compensation strategy has the power to make or break your business this year.

    Compensation Best Practices Report - PayScale

    When it comes to key employee engagement issues, there is a gulf between how employers think employees feel, and how employees actually feel. PayScale has coined this phenomenon "The Corporate Chasm." Peruse the chart to learn more about the polarity infusing today's modern workplace.

  • Happy Valentines Day from PayScale!

    PayScale Valentines: All the Love, No Awkward Conversations With HR

    Your love is priceless, but just about everything else in this world comes with a dollar sign attached. If that feels unromantic, look at it this way: a couple extra thousand per year could buy a lot of roses and candy. That's why we'd argue that PayScale's Valentines are actually the sweetest ones you could send.

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PayScale – Why Work For Us?

PayScale is the world leader in modern compensation software. Our robust data and unique algorithms power the world’s largest real-time database of salary profiles, giving both employers and employees immediate visibility into the right pay for any position. We are bringing the dark art of compensation into the light by helping more than 5,000 businesses to stay competitive in the labor market and retain and manage their largest investment: their people.

Headquartered in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood, we are a fast-growing Warburg Pincus portfolio company who is thrilled to have brought the MarketPay product into our suite of offerings in 2016.

Fair Pay: Finally, a mission you can actually buy into. Our modern compensation software and data-driven salary reports help employees get paid what they're worth. If you work here, you can be a part of making sure people get paid fairly. What's more important than that?

Not a finance expert? No worries. PayScale's hiring for all positions in all walks of life. Our current staff includes mothers, musicians, Magic the Gathering players, Mariners fans, and everyone in between. Not the socks with sandals guy though. You, sir, cannot sit with us. 

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 great products built, sold, and supported by PayScalers who have happy lives both inside AND outside of work.

Want to join the pay-transparency revolution?! We are disrupting the compensation industry and are looking to bring on talent with diverse perspectives to join us. We foster a playful work atmosphere where highly motivated individuals can be truly innovative. Are you a bright, tenacious, and pioneering professional? If so, PayScale may be the perfect place for you to grow your career!

Also... We're kind of a big deal...  Not to brag or anything, but we placed in Seattle Business Magazine's 2016 "100 Best Companies to Work For"! 


Location, Location, Location! PayScale's headquarters are located in the heart of the action in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Located across the street from both CenturyLink and Safeco stadiums (Go Hawks! Go Mariners! Go Sounders!), this is a sports fan's paradise. 

Get your grub on. Not everyone is a sports fan, but everybody is a food fan! From stadium dogs to seafood feasts, we are surrounded by great grub in every direction. Pyramid Brewery, El Camion, Quality Athletics, FX McRory's, Cherry Street Coffee, The Lodge, Henry's Tavern, Il Terzzo, London Plain, and Grand Central Bakery just to name a few!

Collaboration Station. We have five floors of industrial design AWESOMENESS here at PayScale. Our open-concept layout comes equipped with sitting-standing desks, chic storage ottomans, and duel-monitor setups so that you can rock individually. The workspace is nestled within teched-out conference rooms, casual conversation spaces, and comfy orange couches for all of your collaboration needs.  

Get Physical. Physical, Physical. We love healthy and happy employees! That's why our offices come decked out with bike storage, showers, lockers, and a clothes dryer. We even have a lunchtime running club! 

Game on! We are a playful group of professionals! Our HQ comes equipped with shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball, Pop-A-Shot, board games galore, and (of course) an arsenal of nerf guns and foam ammo. 

Sunday Funday! We are in prime tailgate real estate and open our commons area (complete with fridges, dishwashers, microwaves, keg taps, and 4 giant flat-screens) up to our employees and their guests to watch the Seahawks dominate the field. GO HAWKS! LEGION OF BOOM! 

***Not located in Seattle? We have offices in Denver, CO and Cary, NC!***

Pay is a Package! In addition to competitive salaries, PayScale offers the following benefits and perks.

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
  • 100% company paid medical/vision/dental/prescription premiums for employees (50% for eligible dependents and partners)
  • Four Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for pre-tax employee allocations towards: Medical, Dependent Care (can be used towards day care costs!), Parking, and Transit
  • Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Company-paid Life Insurance
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • 10 paid holidays!
  • 401k with company match


  • Casual dress code (JSS - Jeans, shorts, and sandals welcome!)
  • Onsite lockers, showers, and clothes dryer
  • Bike storage
  • Coworkers you actually like...
  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Mothers' Room
  • Sitting-Standing ergo friendly desks
  • Weekly company sponsored happy hours
  • Fido Fridays (our canine colleagues join us the first Friday of every month. WOOF!)

PayScale Reviews

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    I've worked for 2 Fortune 50 companies in my career and PayScale hands down runs their business better than either of them. Wonderful collaborative culture, best leadership in the biz, plenty of room for growth, forward thinking and innovative CEO. It is the hardest sales job you will ever have, but you will hear from any leader here: If you can sell at PayScale, you can sell literally anywhere. So even if your career path doesn't indicate that you retire here, it will certainly look great on your resume and open many other doors for you down the road. Wonderful benefits coverage, unlimited PTO, Happy Hour every Friday of the month, Fido Friday once a month, lots of team outings and activities such as Mariners games and local bites etc.

    The company core values aligned nicely with my person core values, so it fit perfectly for me. However- not for everyone. So if you are a true sales person, than this actually won't detour you, but rather, motivate you to be accountable. You must be willing to challenge yourself to be the best 'conceptual' sales person you can be. This is not a transactional sale. We have seen new reps come in thinking they will kill it because 'you killed it at your last company' until you realize it is unlike anything you have ever sold and is a much more complex sales process. Rarely anyone comes here with a comp background, so you must be an open minded candidate ready to start from scratch with Comp 101 training and a lot of collaboration from your peers and leadership. You will have all the support you need to succeed, but you MUST BE COACHABLE and willing to be ok with the fact it may take you 1 year to be fully proficient in this role. If you can handle all this- you are a great fit.


    Not Many. We are a compensation company. Therefore the compensation structure is setup by the best in the business- the people that actually do this for a living. Very high risk high reward environment with low base, but very high commission earnings potential- and for good reason. You will get out of this job, exactly what you put in, and the company structured their comp plan this way on purpose. This is not a job to just come in and ride your base salary. It will push you to work extremely hard to close business. Do not waste your time applying if you aren't willing to challenge yourself- be ready to fail (because you will more than once)- pick yourself back up and challenge yourself again without missing a beat. Those are the employees that succeed in this role, and we love it here!

    Advice to Management

    Management is awesome here. Best leaders in the biz. Forward thinking and innovative. Our job is comp, and ee engagement. So, naturally, they have a pretty good pulse on their workforce. When they notice something is off, they will always work to make it right. No company is perfect, but you cannot ask for more than that.

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PayScale Interviews



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    Account Executive Interview

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    Easy Interview


    The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at PayScale in June 2017.


    Pretty typical:

    1. Phone screening via internal recruiter
    2. Follow up call with a manager
    3. In person interview (about 4 hours with 4 different managers)
    4. Final demo interview with your potential manager
    5. Screening with SVP
    6. Job offer

    Honestly a bit long of a process but good experience overall.

    If you are going into a sales role, know your number and your stats to prove it.

    The overall culture is great, but can be a bit frat house-y. So going into it take it with a grain of salt. If you are looking for a professional sales environment, you'll be hard pressed to find it next to the Xbox, cheetos and beer. It's fun and all, but to me felt more of a gig than a career move.

    Interview Questions

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PayScale Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Seattle Business Magazine, 2016
  • Geekwire 200(5), Geekwire, 2015
  • The Best Places to Work in Seattle, Seattle Met, 2013
  • 10 Coolest Startup Spaces in Seattle's Pioneer Square, Geekwire, 2012
  • Top 100 Washington Companies, Inc. 5000, 2012
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