Is my pay fair?

Johnson & Johnson eabuimaish
Sep 24 27 Comments

hey everyone, im not sure if it has to do with the area people are living in but i see what seem to be extremely high salaries for a lot of people on here. i live in florida and i have 5 years of experience as a database developer. I know PL/SQL, Optymyze, Salesforce Admin, and Oracle. Ive also led a project as a Scrum Master so i feel like i have a decent set of skills under my belt. How is it that people are getting 6 figure salary offers straight out of college then?

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Accenture WYtx24
    You live in Florida.
    Sep 24 5
    • Salesforce WhomstMD
      Wrap it up folks, our work here is done
      Sep 24
    • IBM qJio62
      Florida is expensive! LOL
      Sep 25
    • Gartner shenl0ng
      Maybe you're right. Maybe Florida is expensive. But what does the market say? Does the market say it's expensive? Or is the market full of people like OP?

      Dat is ze question.
      Sep 25
    • Salesforce Referrals!
      Miami is expensive. Florida is not expensive.
      Sep 25
    • HCL bingjee
      Not as expensive as SF, Seattle, New York, Boston, etc.
      Sep 27
  • wtf is a database developer?
    you're upset you make >83k in Florida as a non SWE ???? lol
    Sep 24 4
    • IHS Markit asdfdsasdf
      I kind of have to agree here. Too specialized and most SWE can do this same job plus a lot more. Broaden your skillset and you can get a bit more in FL.
      Sep 25
    • IHS Markit zFTPDb
      Hey there IHS
      Sep 25
    • Accenture Pachinko91
      Lol, you people act like a database developer isn't entailed of doing SWE shit depending on the platform. Jesus Christ.
      Sep 25
    • IHS Markit asdfdsasdf
      I feel like you’re projecting. I don’t get that impression from these comments.
      Sep 25
  • Akamai Technologies MsLK74
    What is your pay?. These folks have higher equity which increases the TC. FL COL is lesser, I bet you might have a better lifestyle than these guys in high COL cities.
    Sep 24 2
    • Johnson & Johnson shimotay
      I’m making $83k + bonus
      Sep 24
    • Akamai Technologies MsLK74
      I was in a similar situation before. Moved to HCOL city, TC almost doubled now .
      Sep 24
  • Roku cruella
    Companies/location/multiple offers/ job switching. Etc?
    Sep 24 2
    • Johnson & Johnson shimotay
      I’ve worked for Humana, Sogeti, and then Johnson & Johnson. I live in the Bay Area of Florida and I’ve never gotten multiple offers
      Sep 24
    • Roku cruella
      Have u interviewed multiple places at same time?
      Sep 24
  • DiCentral justimho
    Most are in Silicon Valley. Home prices there are like FL - just multiply by 10-15 times, which also drives general cost of living overall. Plus 12% state income tax.
    A $100k salary in FL would need to be nearly $250k or more to break even.
    Sep 25 0
  • Gartner shenl0ng
    Oh, yeah, it sounds like the explanation is a simple one.

    Those crazy salaries you're seeing are for SWEs or Directors, etc. From what I've seen, I'm at the high end of comp (adjusted for COL) for non-SWE individual contributors.

    TC: 135k
    Location: DFW
    IT Focus: Infrastructure -- Network/VoIP
    YoE: 5
    Sep 25 0
  • IBM VKRx46
    For whatever reason, Florida is usually at the bottom of the barrel on enterprises' cost of living sheets. Sure, we don't have state income tax, but our property taxes, sales tax, school tuitions, home pricing, insurance, power etc are all on par and sometimes higher than other cities that are much higher on the cost of living sheets (Austin for example).

    It's time for a lot of these enterprises to update their metrics! (long overdue actually).

    It sucks, but yeah - it's part of living in FL.

    That said, I would never move to the west coast - the pay increase doesn't offset the insane cost of living. If you are up for a move tho, something like Austin might be a good place.
    Sep 25 1
    • Gartner shenl0ng
      Yes, by all means, go to Austin. High COL and overcrowding in Austin doesn't affect me in DFW, so that sounds fine.

      And I'm not a fan of Repubs, but Liberal policies and politics have caused massive emigration for places like Chicago, NYC, SoCal. Austin is likely to follow in their footsteps, so *shrug*.
      Sep 25
  • Calix eOWg46
    you are dumb just accept it man, you cant crack interviews. if you can crack leet code you wont be fretting it here. go solve leet code and earn 170k at faang.
    Sep 27 0
  • IBM xmPg62
    Also wanted to include that take home with 80 is more or less the same as 100 in sf or ny since you don't pay state taxes and have lower cost of living. A number is relative
    Sep 26 0
  • IBM mkFe58
    Housing in Tampa Bay is 1/5th or less the cost in SF Bay area. A nice house on an acre of land can be had for 300 to 500k. An equivalent house in Silicpn Valley would be several million...and it wouldn't be on an acre.
    Sep 25 0
  • Move to Austin or Dallas/Fort Worth
    Sep 25 0
  • Cognizant StckOvrBro
    I live in FL and make 70 + bonus, 1 YoE. It’s just the state. No state tax cuts salary in half, apparently.
    Sep 25 0
  • Zensar Technologies qoHi07
    Glassdoor says the average pay for a Database Developer is $89,493, sounds about what you're making. The higher offers are for Software engineers.
    Sep 25 0

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