Necessary Compensation Increase to Leave Job After a Promotion

Boeing / Eng zrhkc7
May 29 20 Comments

I currently work as a half Software Engineer, half Scrum Master in the St. Louis area. A few months ago I was promoted unexpectedly to a Software Engineer II after only being there around one year after college.
TC: 100,000
YOE: 1.5 not counting any previous internships/co-ops

I have been getting a lot of LinkedIn recruiters offering up positions such as Software Engineer III, or Senior Scrum Master.

I am also finishing my Master's Degree in MIS in a month and if I leave the company in the next 2 years I will have to pay it back which is around 25K total.

What TC would make switching companies worth it in this stage of my career? I would try and get a signing bonus to take care of the school issue.

I don't mind where I am at, but some of the estimates given for a new TC as a Senior Scrum Master was around 130-140k which is tempting.

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  • Nvidia bit-coin
    "Senior Scrum Master" lol
    May 29 12
    • GM Financial / IT Epiyon
      I dunno, code defects, bugs, legit code-related trouble tickets for a given version...

      There are plenty of ways to measure software quality that I can conjure and I'm not even a code monkey.
      May 29
    • Facebook megarising
      They are many ways to measure code quality yes, but zero accurate ways. The only way to now if code is well written is to read it. This is why 35% improvement is silly. You found some metrics which increase by that amount but are not at all good metrics. This is a well known fact of software engineering.

      I'm honestly not trying to troll you. If you say that in a interview they will write you off.
      May 29
    • GM Financial / IT Epiyon
      If that's directed at me, I suppose I'm (still) glad I'm not a code monkey.
      May 29
    • Nvidia bit-coin
      That's code monkeyist
      May 29
    • GM Financial / IT Epiyon
      Infrastructure ftw, though my TC will probably never look like a code monkey's.
      May 29
  • Expedia / Eng
    Ozzie16

    Expedia Eng

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    As scrum master do you create and manage execution plans, write user stories/epics and take action to unblock engineers? Pure Scrum Master skills are not highly valued in my experience. Knowledge of Agile is valuable but that is more than scrum master. TPM has more potential. Anyway I would not lose your technical edge so early in your career. If you stay technical you can manage engineers.
    May 29 1
    • Boeing / Eng zrhkc7
      OP
      I do not do anything with execution plans, but I do write user stories and occasionally epics. I also take action to unblock engineers. That's a good point about managing engineers since that is my goal later on in my career.
      May 30
  • Facebook megarising
    Assuming a scrum master is TPM role you can get 200k in tech center easily (Seattle, NYC, bay area).

    If it's not a TPM, then I have no idea what you do.
    May 29 0
  • Microsoft jT47lg
    You’re talking a lot about titles too much and not the actual job role responsibilities so it’s hard to offer helpful replies.
    May 29 1
    • Boeing / Eng zrhkc7
      OP
      What I currently do is part time develop C++ code, and part time serve as the Scrum master for two teams. The new role if I took a Senior Scrum master option would be to just do the Scrum master role for 2-3 teams and also mentor other scrum masters.
      May 29
  • New / Data cageybee
    I would not swap a tech job for busy work.
    Jul 15 0
  • SAP dlrL32
    Yeah that’s not a good career move
    May 29 0

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