PayScale's mission is to bring transparency to one of the deepest secrets in the labor market: who earns what.

The aggregated salary numbers that analysts produce until now tend to be selective, static, and stale. PayScale, by contrast, is highly interactive. The site collects pay data directly from workers and spits out an analysis showing what an occupation is worth - organized by a given city, industry, or company - with the speed of an online stock quote.

The registration process is simple. From PayScale's homepage, you click through about 10 screens of multiple-choice questions about your total compensation, employer, work experience, and schooling.

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