How do I get to $600k a year in the next decade?

Amazon citaoff
Jun 22 41 Comments

Not saying it’s necessarily possible - I just want to know how I’d even approach it as a problem

I know I’d have to leave Amazon, maybe join Jane Street or Google and be promoted aggressively - but what’s the path?

I make $150k tc and I feel depressed because I feel like there’s no path to social/class mobility for me.

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  • Google / Eng
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    Friend of mine has a "side business" that pulls over 400k a year, so you can too. Requires working on weekends and being acutely aware of the needs of married/divorced 30-40 year old females. Gotta be tall and athletic too.
    Jun 22 3
    • New / Eng blindor
      What’s the side business?
      Jun 23
    • Tableau BlAk00
      Lol. He’s saying his friend is a gigolo.
      Jun 23
    • Facebook FSYS26
      He means an escort. You’re thinking of a gigabyte
      Jun 24
  • Facebook AyyoLeMayo
    600k isn’t gonna get u any class mobility fyi
    Jun 22 10
    • Facebook AyyoLeMayo
      OP is talking about income needed for class mobility, take your gratefulness and go start your own thread.
      Jun 23
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      Guys making 600k see themselves as middle class because they still have to wipe their own asses like those who make 100k
      Jun 23
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      Hey if I make 600k I might be able to find a partner who also makes that so 1.2m is feasible lmao
      Jun 23
    • Google / Eng modi_56
      I assume this is Bay area?
      Jun 23
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      For the record I don’t intend on moving west. Either NYC or Boston for me
      Jun 23
  • join Albertsons
    Jun 22 0
  • Apple powerlines
    Spend less on blind
    That’s a good start imho
    Jun 22 0
  • Lam Research gurubhai
    It’s ridiculous how some guys here think 600 K TC is not good enough in Bay Area.. Jesus
    Jun 23 0
  • Google / Eng findingout
    You are in amazon already, aren’t you in the best company with best comp yet?
    Jun 22 2
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      ? I don’t appreciate the sarcasm
      Jun 22
    • Nutanix 1adja134
      It’s not sarcasm if you’re bezos
      Jul 10
  • Amazon BooHoo10
    600K still puts you in the 1% of US earners. It’s a darn good income where you can have class mobility. It just takes time. At year 4 or 5 and beyond you’ll feel a lot more wealthier then at year 1 of that income level. That is assuming your saving and growing your wealth :).
    Jun 23 0
  • Microsoft /More/$$$$
    Start your own company.
    Jun 22 0
  • Google S6swE
    You'll need to get into L7 range to pull that. Very few ppl can get that
    Jun 22 0
  • What is your YOE and location? Type of job and educational background?

    150k TC at Amazon seems low for a dev unless you’re a fairly new grad.
    Jun 23 2
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      I’m a new grad I joined late last year
      Jun 23
    • So right now, optimize for learning and growth if you want 600k in 10 years.

      Learn as much as you can about everything. Different languages, tools, architecture, optimization, whatever. From JavaScript to Rust to Dev Ops.

      Make some projects to solidify your knowledge; also contribute to open source in your spare time.

      After 2-3 years, you may want to go to another FANG, as well. Or at least switch teams within Amazon to gain exposure to another area.
      Jun 23
  • Amazon amazons
    I grew my comp from where you are today to $600k all at Amazon, so it’s doable without jumping companies, but would take some hard work and high performance to pull off.
    Jun 23 1
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      You also had a bull market with you though which I won’t lol

      How long did it take you?
      Jun 23
  • Amazon / Eng Benny Lava
    A lot of luck involved. You won't work your butt off into 600k unless the company grow like 10x. That growth was due to interest rate suppression. It is not going to continue forever, even for those currently making that much.
    Jun 22 1
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      Yeah that’s why Id have to leave amazon - the stock appreciationisnt going to continue and google and FB at least care about base increases and tc increase
      Jun 22
  • Facebook enginer
    Get promoted every ~2 years for the next decade at any FANG. IC7 makes 600k or more.

    Getting promoted up to L5 is straight forward. Get things done that move some metrics, and work well with others. If the project is your idea, even better.

    6 and 7 are the same thing, except bigger. To get chances for 6 or 7 projects, you need lots of trust and respect from the people around you.
    Jun 23 4
    • Google / Eng findingout
      Do u mean it’s easy to get 6/7 and 8 at Facebook?
      Jun 23
    • Facebook enginer
      I was at Google until I got L6. It is similar between FB/Google.

      The path is very straight forward to 7 (or even 8). Plenty of people have done it, and there's whole systems built to help you get there.

      Straight forward != Easy. It takes a decades of hard diligent work with constant growth.
      Jun 23
    • Amazon citaoff
      OP
      You gotta price into that that even if I moved to G/FB tomorrow I would have the same level (or if I hit sde2 by next year down leveled) and I’d have to start he e3->e4 process again
      Jun 23
    • Facebook enginer
      So what. You can get from L3 to L7 in 10 years without too much luck. Just focus on being valuable.
      Jun 23
  • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
    Are you an SDE at Amazon?
    Jun 23 1
  • American Express vista133
    Yoe?
    Jun 22 1
  • Facebook bOHM82
    With inflation over 10 years, that might be staff engineer at Google or Facebook in the bay area. When you find yourself getting bored, switch back and forth between those companies, and look for opportunities to tech lead on each team. This can help expand your scope, which will get you promoted.
    Jun 23 0

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