Have I ruined my TC by setting the starting point too low?
For various reasons, I think I am done with big G. I want work I can feel more connected to.
I have gone out and interviewed in the Seattle area and procured some offers. In opening talks with the recruiter-types, I offhandedly mentioned that $125k base salary might be ok, since it was a little higher than what I'm getting now and I figured they could make up for the rest with stock. Now the offers are using that figure and stock is not really proving to be anything worth mentioning.
The offers are for levels that are just under "senior" (I know the weight of that term varies from company to company) and the offers are coming in around $125k base with ~$150 TC. I did expect to take a pay cut, but I wasn't sure how much I should take.
Have I shot myself in the foot? Is there a good move I can make to leverage more TC? Have I shortchanged myself, or am I being greedy?
$122k base/$200k TC; ~$150k TC in a year after the 4 year cliff.
I didn't go out looking specifically for a promotion, but these companies seem willing to hire me at a higher level than I am now.
The companies in question are not big names. Think on the scale of 100s of employees, less than 5k.
If you want more details, I can update this post.