How is 9.5 LPA INR(13K USD) for Recently graduated SDE?

New RWfc66
May 15 26 Comments

Recently Graduated, started working on return intern offer as SDE 1 Backend in a MNC, in Mumbai India. 9.5 sees less to me as colleges like NITs have average TC of 15 LPA(Lakhs per annum) INR(21K USD).
Also, HR hired some guys with TC 12-16 LPA INR(17K - 22K) with only 1 yoe, which seems unfair to me as I have also worked as open source contributor, with at-least 5 PRs per month merged for last 2 years and 3 internships.
Should I try for just subscribe to Leetcode and try for Grab/Go Jek or just for Google(US/CAN/SNG) or any other FANG/Non-FANG New Grad? Working in International Office will require h1b, and will the company sponsor me, as an indian?
My main goal for next 5 years is to get SWE job at Silicon Valley Office to gain experience and return back to India as Principal SWE.

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  • Cloudera / Eng pikachuuuu
    I don't think its low. In India salary starts around 4 lakhs in companies like Infosys . Even product companies like HP,Oracle etc. Pays around 10 lakhs. If you are interested in silicon valley, do a Master's (which is a common way people are coming to US).
    May 15 3
    • Microsoft
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      But infosys is literally a joke.
      May 15
    • New RWfc66
      OP
      Masters require money and grades(~6.5/10). Any idea if applying for fang new grad will help me to get to valley?
      May 15
    • Cloudera / Eng pikachuuuu
      I am not sure how that works, but won't be straightforward because of visa issues. Are you from tier1/tier2 University in India? To be honest, 9.5 lpa sounds not bad to me if not from cream colleges. You can always switch after 2 years to go to somewhere around 20-25 lpa if u can't do a Master's
      May 15
  • Intuit tgfi
    You’ll be fine. If you keep looking into everybody else’s wallet you’ll never be satisfied. Don’t do that to yourself.

    Get a masters after working a year or two and head over to the US if that’s what you want.
    May 15 2
    • New RWfc66
      OP
      Reading the answers here, I think its the best option.
      Thanks for advise!
      May 15
    • Intuit tgfi
      Glad it helps. I started at 2.5 LPA at a startup 5 years ago so it doesn’t matter where you start. Just where you end up. If you’re being underpaid and you might be, it sounds like you know your stuff, you can find your way to a better job.

      Stay curious, stay ambitious, do work you enjoy and sometimes even more important - the organization finds important, there’s no value in fiddling away on something you enjoy but will not mean much to the business.

      Absolutely work in Silicon Valley if that’s your dream. It’s unlike anywhere else and a life experience worth having if you’re in technology. All the best!
      May 15
  • Oracle betichodd
    Go for masters in US or if you cannot afford, get 1+ year experience meanwhile leetcode as much as you can and work on your system design (HLD & LLD), do personal kickass project and then apply to FAANG, work there get L1b sponsored and then move to US via internal shift.
    May 15 0
  • Apple net worth
    Why did you not plan on a masters. Just go the cheapest decent university and you can finish masters in 16 months and start working at 10 times your salary out the gate. Don’t have hopes of company in India sending you here for at least 2 years. Even then your lottery odds are low for h1b since it will be just a bachelors quota. Tons of folks in India is trying to get h1b. Would be way easier if you do masters
    May 15 3
    • New RWfc66
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      If I am planning to do masters, I will have to take a loan of 50k usd. How much time will i require after graduation to repay that amount of loan, considering living in silicon valley or seattle?
      May 15
    • Apple net worth
      If you get intern and return offer your sign on bonus itself will be enough to pay off your loan. Else will take 6months-1 year depending on your spending
      May 15
    • New RWfc66
      OP
      Cool. really, Thanks a lot!
      May 15
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    • New RWfc66
      OP
      I am really sorry if you found this stupid, I am not here to cry, but to ask for advise.
      May 15
  • Microsoft
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    Is this per month?
    May 15 6
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      This seems extremely low.

      What is the tier of the company?
      May 15
    • New RWfc66
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      Mid Size, but we deal with a lot of scale.
      Manager is great up till now, guys are great, but the HR fu*ked.
      May 15
    • New / Eng zzzzzz-ZZ
      @Microsoft not here. 70%+ software new grads earn a lot lesss than that.
      Also TC is not that great in Mumbai afaik.
      I would suggest OP to start preparing for FAANGs and if possible move to Banglore,/ Hyd for lot of good opportunities
      May 16
    • Microsoft
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      That seems strange. I know there are many devs in India who contract out to US companies at over 50 USD/hr. ie working remotely.

      Many of these engineers are not even any good.
      May 18
    • New / Eng xxx-
      Given the huge number of people with engineering degrees, that % is very less
      May 18
  • Amazon halfasser
    It's low. Amzn starts at 28 lpa
    May 15 1
    • New RWfc66
      OP
      I have been trying to get referrals on LinkedIn but not able to get it :(
      May 15
  • TBC Corp. PIIu07
    Would you mind which college did you graduate from? 9.5 lpa is pretty less if you are from one of the IITs and that too in Mumbai
    Jul 17 0
  • Amazon Amz91
    Man consider yourself fortunate that you have job given that competition stiff nowadays. Also learn the skills first then money will follow you. Also stop comparing too much , your life will always be miserable. As per your current salary you are already in top 20 percentile of engineers in india
    Jul 17 0
  • New YlXm07
    Do you mind sharing the name of the company?
    May 24 0