Am I earning "too" little?

InvenSense uXRI42
Apr 1 35 Comments

Hi,
I am an electrical engineer with Masters degree and 10 yoe working in semiconductors . A lot of compensation discussions on Blind is focussed Software engineers and managers.

I earn a TC of roughly 200k/year. Should I feel disappointed by my income? My spouse certainly feels so. Personally, I enjoy my work and team and am generally satisfied. Am I being too naive?

Thanks.
Edit:
Location: Bay Area

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Facebook / Mktg person52
    No. Blind makes everyone feel inadquate. You are one of the top earners in the entire world. And you do it with a fulfilling job you enjoy not some BS hedge fund manager.
    Apr 1 1
    • PayPal hshdihjoa
      Its totally relative. Top earners in the world doesnt mean shit if you're in the bottom 50% of the neighborhood you live.
      Apr 1
  • Amazon OTdS88
    Dump your spouse
    Apr 1 0
  • Microsoft AbYK56
    Spouse making more than 200k per year? If not, tell him/her to stfu, if so then you’re not hurting for money anyways.
    Apr 1 0
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    I think the real question is what is an average tc for hardware engineers...
    Apr 1 1
    • InvenSense uXRI42
      OP
      Can I bump this one up?
      Apr 1
  • New / Eng young$$
    Leetcode -> FAANG -> new wife
    Apr 1 3
    • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
      Do this.
      Apr 1
    • InvenSense uXRI42
      OP
      What if wife wants me to Leetcode->FAANG?
      Apr 1
    • New / Eng young$$
      You are entering a circular linked list.
      Apr 1
  • Oracle pzd
    Lol wife made you feel like you don't earn enough? Join the club. Take comfort in knowing that they will never be happy with any amount. Just learn to deal with it
    Apr 1 4
    • Flagged by the community.

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    • Oracle pzd
      I do not recommend abuse. Not where I was going.
      Apr 1
    • JW Player / Other sHkm62
      you’re all sexist pigs
      Apr 1
  • InvenSense uXRI42
    OP
    Thanks for all the positive responses. I see lots of negative reactions towards my spouse. I certainly did not intend to paint here in that light. Considering the forum, I will ignore it. She works at FAANG and feels that a lot of younger people are earning considerably more than me. She will herself start earning more than me soon most likely. She just feels that I am underpaid while I keep pushing back that I will not change my nature of job to chase some mythical (in my head) salary numbers.

    We are clearly not hurting on money. I probably wanted a reaffirmation that I am not incorrectly dismissing her opinion.
    Apr 1 1
    • Microsoft cWww76
      If you don’t plan something that requires a lot of money and both of you feel ok with current numbers, I don’t see why you should make sacrifices for something you don’t need.
      Apr 1
  • New
    cablindne

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    cablindnemore
    If you want to buy a Tesla as your other thread states.. yeah you don’t make enough. All depends on your lifestyle.
    Apr 1 1
    • InvenSense uXRI42
      OP
      Connecting the dots :)
      Apr 1
  • Credit Karma maximus99
    Lol @ my spouse certainly feels so. 200k a year is great. Compared to the minimum wage people make and what you probably made if you were working during your highschool.
    Apr 1 0
  • Cisco / Eng yohellow
    No, you earn decent...
    Apr 1 1
    • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
      In Cisco terms, he earns more than decent.
      Apr 1
  • Google nXzp52
    I wish I was in love and married, I earn more but I think you have a lot more going for you right now.
    Apr 1 0
  • Amazon besois
    This is good. Plus you have a spouse, vs. having 500k and single
    Apr 1 0
  • Cypress
    cc11

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    cc11more
    This is decent number. I always ask folks to check their current market value by attending some interviews. You don’t need to move but try to evaluate yourself interms of package, if you are happy with what you do currently. Nothing wrong in asking your current company to match your value.
    It has several other benefits such as how current semiconductor stuffs going and what market expects.
    Apr 1 1
    • InvenSense uXRI42
      OP
      Sound advice. I will try this to gauge myself. Thanks.
      Apr 1
  • Amazon wot. hgj?
    Which location - Austin or Portland?
    Apr 1 1
    • InvenSense uXRI42
      OP
      Sorry, should have specified. This is in the Bay Area, CA.
      Apr 1
  • Deloitte / Creative FHAs14
    200K is awesome. There are people in this hemisphere who eat dirt, so you are beyond good. 👍
    Apr 1 0
  • New / Eng sizeof(🍆)
    You are making a living wage.
    Apr 1 0
  • New / Ops
    tooQ10

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    tooQ10more
    You are fabulously rich. I make less than a quarter of what you do and I still feel rich, not least because there are millions of people who would love to do my job and could replace me for less any time.
    Apr 1 2
    • InvenSense uXRI42
      OP
      Stay confident and wish you happiness and success in your career.
      Apr 1
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

      New Ops

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      tooQ10more
      The same to you. Don't let the faux-rich trolls get you down.
      Apr 2
  • Zynga ninjapuppy
    What makes all of you think the OP is a male?
    Apr 1 0
  • Intuit DGQn70
    you should compare with portland
    Apr 1 0

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