I’m making ~$160k as a software architect at age 34. Based on conversations with recruiters, this is roughly top of market (Texas). Now what? I don’t particularly want to go into management because I prefer working with code, but I also don’t want to be stuck at this salary for the rest of my career. I also don’t want to hang around for a 3% annual raise for the next few years and then find myself taking a pay cut if I ever get laid off. What do you do when you’ve reached the top of your pay scale and you’re still young?
That's not really top of market. A friend of mine recently joined a startup in Texas and got $180k + equity. Just gotta sell yourself and be honest with your salary expectations up front so as not to waste your or their time