Guilted for pay in Raleigh, NC

New / Eng tvWS67
Mar 8 10 Comments

I’ve done well at bargaining and make a 160k base salary. Every recruiter sounds aghast and offended. It’s aggravating when I’m being asked to consider a lower salary. No, Sally, company X can afford to pay 20k more. I can’t afford to lose it. Why has software engineer salary growth stagnated? It feels like we’ve been at this bar for a while now. Felt like venting. At this point I’m just looking for similar and just coming up with nada. Thanks all.

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  • That is a pretty high base — especially for your city. Your market is probably getting a lot more new devs than jobs, keeping the salary down. You should move to a city with lots of tech jobs if you want more $$$

    Btw- for perspective, that’s the max base of Amazon in Seattle
    Mar 8 4
    • Red Hat TCorNthn
      RTP is considered the SV of East Coast
      Mar 8
    • Amazon catowayne
      Lol you been drinking a lot of koolaid from red hat to believe that. It’s NYC
      Mar 8
    • Red Hat TCorNthn
      Well, there are huge campuses of many tech companies here, IBM, Cisco, Netapp, Nutanix, Red hat, Citrix, Microsoft, Nimble Storage, EMC are some off the top of my mind.
      Mar 8
    • New / Eng tvWS67
      OP
      It’s a good market but saying SV of east coast is probably a stretch. Some good start ups and large scale organizations. Every VC is handing out money like candy anywhere that has a developer and a prayer. Lots of churches in NC so I imagine there are a ton of prayers.
      Mar 8
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    deathspiremore
    That’s an incredibly high base for that area.
    Mar 8 0
  • How many YOE?
    I'm in the same boat. Someone said it in another thread, the only 5 cities where you can really.make.total company moves are, bay area, Seattle, Boston, NYC, Austin
    Mar 8 2
    • New / Eng tvWS67
      OP
      9 years, tons of start up experience and a Master’s degree in comp sci. Sorry to hear your woes as well. Hopefully you have better luck.
      Mar 8
    • Yeah, there's not much you can do. If you don't mind some risk you could try to start your own small business. There's more upside. I might.go that path if I can increase.my name.recognition in the next 10 years
      Mar 8
  • Red Hat TCorNthn
    RH Principal SWEs have a lower base than urs!
    Mar 8 0