Not getting paid well

Feb 11, 2018 20 Comments

I have been working with this company for over 12 years as software engineer, and my base salary is only 130k, which I think is very low for Bay Area. Do you guys think it would be better to look for other opportunities outside? Which area/skills do you think has better prospects? Appreciate your honest feedback.


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TOP 20 Comments
  • SmartThings smartpm
    Definitely the pay is low, start looking. But don’t get carried away at the numbers posted here for FB, Google, etc 😀
    Feb 11, 2018 4
    • OP
      No, I am not comparing myself with FB, Google folks, they are much smarter & deserve more. My only concern is cost of living is so high in Bay Area. Very difficult to manage with two kids on that salary.
      Feb 11, 2018
    • SmartThings smartpm
      Understood, target for a total comp of 210k and above. Salesforce might be a good bet for you.
      Feb 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng

      Google Eng

      +1 for Salesforce, not that hard to get in. However in your case it will require a lot of preparation. Start interviewing at other companies first and from your first try you'll see what you are missing
      Feb 11, 2018
    • Twitch Babasheep
      Don’t think you are less smart than Google / FB people. They aren’t on some pedestal of knowledge. I know lots of smart people who work there and I know some complete idiots as well. Any large company will have a distribution.

      What’s most important is that you like your job, are compensated fairly for the value you deliver, and get treated well by your peers and manager.
      Feb 11, 2018
  • Checkr / Eng Money 💰
    Oh man I'm sorry to hear that. Loyalty doesn't pay well here unfortunately. Jump ship!!
    Feb 11, 2018 1
    • OP
      You are right. Loyalty doesn’t pay.
      Feb 11, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng craplach42
    What have you been doing to grow your dev skills in those 12 years? You may need to do some education to beef up your resume before you start looking.
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • Nvidia AlpBetGam
    Look elsewhere.
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • Airbnb FangReject
    Definitely leave. I was making 130k base within 2 years of starting my career. You don’t need to work at FANG or even a unicorn to get a better salary. Most startups should be able to beat 130k easily for someone senior.
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • Remember that at SAP, you probably work 30% less than other companies for 30% less salary. If you’re going to make a jump, be prepared to be working a lot harder for it.
    Feb 11, 2018 1
  • OP
    Thank you all for those encouraging words. I will start looking outside. Will need to get my resume updated. Do you know any professional resume preparers. Thank you.
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • Revinate / Data JPQ
    Leave now. Plan it, but leave immediately. Do a sanity check on your skill levels and your tech stack of expertise. Sometimes one stack commands a premium over another, or being familiar with Language version 9.9 instead of version 8.8 gets you a call/interview.
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • CoreLogic / Product

    CoreLogic Product

    Product Manager
    What has your title progression been over that 12yrs? Reason I ask is there's no reason for someone with that much experience to be in the same role unless they aren't doing well.

    Do you think you topped out professionally and are getting paid as such?
    Feb 11, 2018 1
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
      My guess is that he might never have considered leaving and think company loyalty can count for something.

      Also, maybe having a family slows down his career
      Feb 11, 2018
  • L3 Technologies emqN07
    Get an offer from another company and ask for a raise. Works 90% of the time
    Feb 12, 2018 0
  • New DayTwo
    Holy wow!!
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • Oath / Eng FE$$
    Yup, I think Bay Area average is now at 150k
    Feb 11, 2018 0
  • What is your level (approximately)?
    Feb 11, 2018 0


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