Am I underpaid?

New .dev
Aug 19 23 Comments

I make 80k living in Los Angeles with not so fantastic benefits. I have a BS in Comp Sci from a fairly highly ranked university (top 50). I have worked remotely for a small company since I graduated for a little over a year on a team of 3 (myself and two superiors). Since I am remote I was not given any kind of relocation bonus (but I have to move anyways because the other option is living with my parents??) or stock options. Our 401k match and quarterly bonuses are very minimal. I am not expecting more than 2-3% raise yearly. I do full stack work (react/angular, node, mysql/crm integration) including CI and testing for an application our clients use. I have been making very large decisions about the product since day 1, and have been relied on in making some infrastructure decisions across the entire company. I feel like the things I am doing are well above my pay grade (some of which is understandable because the company is smaller) especially compared to the things my friends are doing at the larger companies they joined for a similar or higher pay. While the hours are fairly relaxed and low stress, I can't help but feel underpaid. Am I underpaid?

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  • Oracle anon@3
    My landscaper has a higher TC
    Aug 19 0
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    • New .dev
      OP
      Thank you for answering without being a prick
      Aug 19
  • Google goooogle
    Yes you should change to new company
    Aug 19 0
  • Snapchat `-šŸ˜®-'
    I think you already know the answer. Yes.
    Aug 19 1
    • New .dev
      OP
      I didn't which is why I asked, but I appreciate your input
      Aug 19
  • Intel
    J.Chitwood

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    J.Chitwoodmore
    It's all relative. Is 80k for 1YOE low? Not really. I wish I was making 80k at 22-23yo. For most that takes years, it is more than the average US family income.
    Now relative to the workload and industry and fact you get no equity? Probably yes you are underpaid. Could you make more if you were able to get a job at FAANG? Yes most assuredly. But do you want to? The answer is to always do your diligence and look at other jobs. Or have a direct conversation with your boss about workload vs comp and why you have no equity. Lot of variables. No right answer IMO.
    Aug 19 1
    • New .dev
      OP
      Thanks for the input!
      Aug 19
  • Microsoft Dr. Root
    Oh God yes. You're making 25% of what you can potentially make at FANG.
    Aug 19 1
    • New .dev
      OP
      I am probably also not nearly as stressed about work as I might be at FAANG either. I don't really have much desire to work at such a big company either. I think I can probably still do a bit better as a fairly talented dev at a small-medium sized company though. Thanks for your input.
      Aug 19
  • Bloomberg C0d3Monkey
    80k in LA is criminal
    Aug 19 0
  • Cornerstone nothxu
    Lmao
    Aug 19 0
  • Nuveen Investments cfa
    Iā€™m just trying to figure out how you can live in LA on 80k ?!
    Aug 20 3
    • Bloomberg C0d3Monkey
      RV or parent's basement
      Aug 20
    • New .dev
      OP
      I save a lot by not commuting, cooking all my meals, etc. I am living fairly comfortably but I don't have much leftover after all my expenses.
      Aug 20
    • New .dev
      OP
      lol @cod3monkey I have a decent apt. I have a roommate but rent here isn't much different than other big cities. Taxes and higher prices on goods is where they really get you.
      Aug 20
  • Scientific Technologies Corporat / IT psilocybic
    Yes. I have a significantly higher salary alone living in the Phoenix AZ area, CoL is much lower here. Go work for Google or Amazon if you want to stay in LA, they have a presence there. Expect +30% salary bump at least.
    Aug 19 3
    • New .dev
      OP
      Thanks for the reply. I don't want to stay here. They are also not compensating for where I live obviously so if I was working where the company is based the CoL would be more similar to Phoenix. I am likely moving and/or looking for new work to cope with CoL soon.
      Aug 19
    • Scientific Technologies Corporat / IT psilocybic
      If you actively want to move and are open to new places, check out cities like Tulsa which have some incentives for remote workers to move there. Like 10k for housing, etc.
      Aug 19
    • New .dev
      OP
      Thanks for the tip, didn't know that was a thing!
      Aug 19
  • Intel / R&D HotshotGG
    If you go to a bigger company, you will earn more and possibly work less, so it all depends.

    With a smaller company, you will wear mutiple hats, so you will end up learning way more.

    It depends on what you value the most, good amount of interesting work or rest and vest? Up to u
    Aug 19 0
  • Hortonworks
    qwK8h2xz

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    qwK8h2xzmore
    80k for 1 year of experience for a remote position is ok. Time to move now or in another year.
    Aug 19 0
  • Ellie Mae coolkid1
    Well, people are living in LA while making less than 50k. But then you have to compromise a lot for eg. location you are living, lifestyle etc.
    As a software engineer, you are definitely underpaid
    Aug 20 0
  • Ellie Mae coolkid1
    80k in LA is too less
    Aug 19 0

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