We should all be talking about salaries.
@JordiGH I'm making $35 an hour, and I have been angry for a very long time that the only people who will hire me pay by the hour
@JordiGH there are so many things I don't like about my job, and yet I'm still trying my damnedest to become full-time because I'm sick of being a contractor
what I really want is for Google to give me the placement and the absurd amount of money they promised me last fall, to stop stringing me along and give me my community of writers back
@JordiGH yeah average income around 80K and it’s not for software developers even, so guess you need talk to your boss about it
@JordiGH I bill USD 75-120 / hour, depending on the client. All my work is hourly and comes with no benefits, but at that rate it's actually a good living even with the slow months.
@JordiGH And wow, that was a weirdly hard post to write even though I 100% agree about the importance of sharing this info. The taboo is as strong as it is harmful.
@eldang Yeah, I was also really hesitant to post my salary. I was thinking, huh, why? I don't think anything bad will happen if I do, do I? So why won't I do it?
That's a pretty good rate, if you can get some 20 hours per week on average. I hope you can. Well, pretty good to make a living, I think? It's kind of nice you can set your own rate. I wish I could negotiate more money per task I do. Maybe. I'm not sure.
@JordiGH 20 billable hours / week is my goal, and I generally manage to _average_ that, though with a lot more variation month-to-month than I'd really like. Right now I'm well below but also have savings and a move coming up, and it's taking a lot of effort to let myself enjoy having less work and not panic about it.
@JordiGH Negotiating is hard, especially in an existing job. Even as a contractor, the only project I've managed to raise my rate during the course of was the one that ran for ~5 years. In that time I got two raises, and then a "the funder won't accept raising your rate, but just quietly pad your hours instead".
So I mostly raise rates between projects. It's tough - no-one ever says I'm charging too much, but I second-guess myself about every contract I don't get.
@eldang I find that we continuously underestimate our own worth *because we don't talk about salaries*.
I hate it!
The friggin taboo WORKS!
@NicolasConstant I'm very picky about jobs and I don't trust LinkedIn as a social network.
I'm also patient. I'll find a better job. My salary right now is low but it's enough to make a living.
@JordiGH I'm paid ~£35k ($60k CAD), and my pay spine is public - anyone can see how much I'm paid as a public sector worker. Everyone knew how much I was being paid when I worked in a shop - same as the job adverts available for the same company.
The idea of people being open with their salary isn't even alien in the West, it's only in the private sector, white collar class.
@JordiGH I have 2 companies. First one I draw a salary of 52k/yr (this hasn't changed in 10 years), second one I draw a salary of 48k/yr (USD)
I could pay myself more but I prefer to funnel that into the business and employees. Also aggressive saving which **saved** one of my companies last year.
While I'm very comfy I make way way less than I would if I went to a normal tech co. I'm always shocked to see what ppl make outside of the US as tech workers. Very unfair!
@JordiGH I'm making us$150k/yr at a nonprofit hospital. I find myself kind of hard to benchmark, "data scientist" has pretty different meanings across companies/industries and there aren't that many of us working in health care. But I'm probably underpaid. I would make easily another $100k jumping ship for a FAANG, if I could pass their technical interviews.
@JordiGH yes. And all job postings should give at least a range. I’ve taken to replying to job listings I don’t want, pushing them on this issue. Sometimes it seems to work, often I feel like I just shouted into the void.
@JordiGH Can't argue there. It's a mess.
I do "software stuff" too, and I doubt it's a lot different than what you do, and I get about $320k USD/year for it. FAANG wages, right?
I'm not even past the middle of the bell curve for my pay grade.
@offby1 So does this come with a lot of stress and questioning of your self worth or did you just hit the white-collar jackpot?
@JordiGH it comes with a recognition that I got phenomenally lucky in my career, and that while yes, I am good at this, lots of other people are as good as me and didn't have the same opportunity or luck... and I think I can guess why.
@offby1 I don't know if I could get a job at FAANG. I only tried once, maybe twice. But I think I would be very unhappy if I did, even if I got your salary.
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