What has your salary progression looked like?

Clever Devices / Eng 72offsuit
Jun 7 1,017 Comments

What did you start at, and what has the path been to your current level? Especially interested in the steps prior to baller FANG levels.

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  • Jane Street Capital / Eng sumce
    I did internships at $12, $15, and then $30/hr. My fulltime comp, for about a year each, have been $90k, $100k, $110k, $500k, $580k, $750k, and I expect this year to be around $1M. I changed jobs once since graduating; you can probably guess when.
    Jun 7 29
    • Chase / IT jedibong
      Jane street is an OCaml shop.. which F# borrowed from.. I am guessing that the OP is developing things with OCaml.. it's a specialized skills and need to have that pure FP mindset.
      Jun 10
    • Jane Street Capital / Eng sumce
      Very few of the people we hire have experience with OCaml, and most don't have real FP experience. I've never heard of anyone getting fired because they couldn't learn it, either. I don't think it's as specialized as you think.
      Jun 11
    • New / IT
      naire

      New IT

      PRE
      Andela
      nairemore
      impressive! I hope you can tell me what work for you, please. I am currently working as a security engineer at a community college, i have an associate degree. And I just applied for a B.S in software engineering a flagship state university for the fall. Any idea on how to make the best out of it? Background: my first internship was $20/hr, local community college job is just 18.75/hr.
      Thank you.
      Jul 5
    • Epic
      spin shark

      Epic

      PRE
      Microsoft
      spin sharkmore
      Did you work at Epic before JS? $30 per hour then 90k seem very Epic-ey
      Jul 5
    • Jane Street Capital / Eng sumce
      No, not Epic.
      Jul 5
  • BlackRock / Eng saywat
    Thank you Blind Universe… I feel like a worthless piece of shit now!

    YOE : 11
    TC : 160 K
    Immigrant Female 🤦🏻‍♀️
    Jun 9 12
    • BlackRock / Eng saywat
      @wmux46 - that’s pretty misogynistic of you ! And I didn’t marry at all ( let alone rich ) so 🤫please
      Jun 10
    • Salesforce Salesf0rce
      I’m not sure why you’re playing “immigrant female” card here. I know many immigrant females who have done quite well. If you believe that you’re worth more than what you’re currently getting paid then go for it! There are so many jobs (that pay extremely generously) out there for talented people.
      Jun 10
    • BlackRock / Eng saywat
      @salesf0rce - wow! Umm there are 100s of comments here from men who’ve have mentioned they are “immigrant males” but I guess my saying I’m “I’m an immigrant female “ pressed a nerve lol ... god bless you and your likes !
      Jun 10
    • Western Digital HGST
      American born white male can get just as low of a pay too
      Jun 10
    • Visa / Eng MzkG80
      Thank you blind! Male Asian 23 yoe TC 45K. I like KFC btw
      Jul 14
  • Google DocStrange
    From start of career:

    $24k, $30k, $47k, $44k, $60k, $65k, $105k, $150k, $180k, $225k, $320k, $850k
    Jun 7 13
    • Microsoft KyJeLlY
      Why are you being secretive, just say what company
      Jun 7
    • Google DocStrange
      Final negotiations were between G, FB, NFLX, SNAP, and MSFT. Don’t want to say which won because my background is fairly unique. I’ll say G didn’t come close and all others were competitive.
      Jun 7
    • Apple appl3
      Ohh lol that’s Snap money
      Jun 7
    • Schweitzer Engineering Laborator nVqE32
      YOE?
      Jun 14
    • Google DocStrange
      15 total YOE
      Jun 14
  • New / Consultant elganon
    Midwest, non-FANG, data/analytics/dba focus
    2006: $10/hr
    2007: $25k, $30k, $45k (undergrad)
    2008: don’t remember...internal position changes
    2009: $65k
    2010: $75k (job change)
    2011: $85k (job change)
    2012: $90k
    2013: $105k (internal position change)
    2014: $115k (job change)
    2015: $115k (lay-off/job change)
    2016: $118k
    2017: $128k (job change)
    2018: $134k
    2019: $140k
    Jun 7 2
    • Microsoft sTPY52
      This guy tells the truth!
      Jun 7
    • New / IT
      naire

      New IT

      PRE
      Andela
      nairemore
      truth!
      Jul 5
  • Bayer / IT Genie_22
    37k (intern), 48k, 50k, 55k, 65k, 70k, 78k, 80k, 90k

    YOE 8
    I just accepted a FANG offer for 200k. I start in a few weeks. I’m in very LCOL area.
    Jun 7 1
    • New / Eng sim0052
      Thank you for making me feel sane
      Jun 7
  • Netflix ye651t
    60k, 100k, 180k, 500k
    Jun 7 18
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

      New Ops

      PRE
      Rakuten USA
      BIO
      Obligatory: YoE 20, TC 41k. Such is life for us non-SWE office monkeys!
      tooQ10more
      I'm 43 and I'm on Blind. You whippersnappers can get off my lawn. (Well, you could if I had a lawn. TC isn't high enough for a freestanding house.)
      Jun 8
    • New cbbu61
      I'm sorry that reality upsets you and that you are trying so hard to find an explanation for how some people can make so much money so young. I know hedge fund managers that got their jobs out of college and retired at 30. Are they also imaginary to you or do you have some formula in mind to discredit their achievements? I think you should go back to your hole and soak in your hatred. Next time you see a red 458 speciale on main st parked around satura or 911TTS in silver, that might be me 😂😂😂
      Jun 8
    • Cisco help-desk
      Oh man this guy instant responds that’s better game than my trolls on Instagram and Twitter! Shit man for your sakes you honestly would look better as a troll than an grumpy and alone old man - don’t you have a wife and kids and all that to hang out with??? Or nah just you and your Porsche and your phone to get your blind game on!? 🙊
      Jun 8
    • New cbbu61
      You lose no matter what you say. You admitted to making peanuts and living at your parents house 💥
      Jun 8
    • New gursiva
      amazing growth. keep going
      Jun 29
  • Amazon ghystt899
    TC:
    60k
    65k
    100k (Job change)
    110k
    145k (Job change)
    200k
    220k
    200k
    250k
    270k
    300k
    550k (Job change)
    600k
    620k
    720k (Job change)
    650k (Job change)
    800k
    950k
    1.2MM
    1.4MM
    Jun 7 16
    • New AsYK38
      Please. Teach me your ways. How did you grow your career?
      Jun 7
    • Uber jk6681
      You made a jump in 2011 that almost doubled your salary? How is that possible recession was still on, what type of job change?
      Jun 8
    • Amazon ghystt899
      I moved to a larger role in different company. I’ve typically been somewhat prone to take on what some would consider risky moves. But in the end I just focused on my own passion and have never actively tried to optimize my salary. It worked out for me but it’s a bit of an accident I think. It easily could have gone the other way but I don’t really mind. I am sure, had I focused on a more optimal career path, I could be in an even better position today but I’m equally sure I wouldn’t be as happy.
      Jun 8
    • New AsYK38
      Thanks for replying. Did you start out as a softeng and went into management? At what point did you switch and what is your current title? Does it make sense to stick with one specialization for most of your career eg networking, databases etc? Should you select roles that are more technical or something else? Thanks 🙏
      Jun 8
    • New muyI77
      Since everybody is being honest here, here's my progression:
      60k - 200k - 500k - 5M - 2.5B - 1.08T. Currently on 5 Googol.
      Jun 16
  • Microsoft / Project
    〰️➰〰️

    Microsoft Project

    PRE
    Google, Apptio, Enzymax
    BIO
    Director of Program Management.
    〰️➰〰️more
    Over 20 years (base salary only): 38, 42, 45, 55, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 130, 145, 160, 180, 185, 210
    Jun 7 0
  • New cbbu61
    2004 180k
    2018 480k
    2019 955k (job change)
    Jun 7 23
    • Cisco help-desk
      I thought we’ve already established that you’re a nobody?? Probably an Albertsons guy? Think we’re now to the point where we can tell you pen1s enlarging pills can be bought discreetly bud!
      Jun 9
    • New cbbu61
      Losers always lose 💥 thanks for playing though
      Jun 9
    • Cisco help-desk
      K
      Jun 9
    • Pure Storage meemeep
      Cbbu61, do you have advice for someone just starting their career?
      Jun 10
    • New cbbu61
      I wish I did or there was a formula for this. I feel like it's been primarily luck. I happened to be at the right place at the right time. Although I do wish I knew there were jobs such as a hedge fund manager when I was in school and knew how to get into that.
      Jun 10
  • Snapchat hdiwjzi
    80k
    120k
    130k
    150k
    270k
    400k
    500k
    700k

    10 yoe
    Jun 7 14
    • Two Sigma / Eng mgre
      Is this including stock appreciation?
      Jun 7
    • Veritas old tiger
      Interesting survey and unrealistic
      Jun 7
    • Two Sigma / Eng mgre
      Doesn't look unrealistic to me.
      Jun 7
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      You are switching jobs every 1-2 years and got 700k offer?

      Yeah and Christmas isn't really about presents.
      Jun 7
    • Snapchat hdiwjzi
      No, offer was $550k, with stock appreciation and refresher, it's at $700k
      Jun 7
  • Google larrySerg
    2012 58K
    2014 70K
    2015 103K
    2018 280K
    2019 1.2M
    Jun 7 12
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      Damn, side hustle turning into 1million. good for you.
      Jun 8
    • Google larrySerg
      Sorry I can't disclose but my company was actually acquired by Google
      Jun 8
    • New / Eng Gopher
      Can understand. Are you open for some QnA in DMs?
      Jun 8
    • New / Eng Gopher
      Did some digging and was able to find you. I checked out your LinkedIn as well. Just to confirm, what's the first letter of your last name?
      Jun 8
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      Dude what is your problem, if he wanted to be known, he would have said the company name. Stop stalking him.
      Jun 8
  • Google yellowshit
    30k, 32k, 33k, 56k, 58k, 65k, 110k 130k, 145k,145k,160k, 80k, 80k, 0k,0k, 14m, 500k, 550k.

    Coming years:
    0k, 0k, 0k......death
    Jun 7 7
    • eBay oiplh
      Interested in knowing what you did in those two years when you had zero income. Startup?
      Jun 7
    • Wells Fargo qUyB01
      What’s the 14m? Startup got acquired?
      Jun 7
    • Nordstrom
      CaptainA$$

      Nordstrom

      BIO
      I'm me😂
      CaptainA$$more
      I'm more interested when you got $14M after 2 yrs $0k?
      Jun 7
    • Google yellowshit
      Two years with 80k, I was working part time to concentrate on working on my idea. Next two years with 0k, I quit my job to fully work on my startup. Startup got acquired and my share was worth 14m
      Jun 7
    • Nordstrom
      CaptainA$$

      Nordstrom

      BIO
      I'm me😂
      CaptainA$$more
      Why don't you think of another idea which could be worth millions? Instead of that, you're with 550K only with Google?
      Jun 7
  • Google Devil
    50k
    140k
    250k
    460k
    350k took pay cut to be at google
    Jun 8 7
    • Google / Eng QrJx75
      I wouldn't have done that
      Jun 9
    • AnchorFree 🍪 cookie
      Good question, what's is Google, to agree for such decrease? Which team you are?
      Jun 9
    • Google Devil
      I needed to learn and work with the best . Glad I did . Learning so much. Totally worth it . And after few years I can get 450 to 550 k easily .
      Jun 9
    • Luna Capital itswhatev
      What ages were each salaries?
      Jun 9
    • AnchorFree 🍪 cookie
      To work with an "A" team, it might be worth it, yeah... Depends on your career plans I guess. Working alongside good specialists is a nice benefit that can outweigh a pay cut for some people...
      Jun 10
  • ICU Medical / Mktg
    user3.0

    ICU Medical Mktg

    BIO
    Trying my own thing but doing something for someone else. 🤷🏼‍♂️
    user3.0more
    Damn. Posts like these make me realize how worthless my skills are.
    Jun 7 7
    • ICU Medical / Mktg
      user3.0

      ICU Medical Mktg

      BIO
      Trying my own thing but doing something for someone else. 🤷🏼‍♂️
      user3.0more
      Yeah. I'll have to learn those coding languages ASAP. Thanks for the tips.
      Jun 7
    • Microsoft sTPY52
      I know those and still underpaid...
      Jun 7
    • eBay mankatha
      Hi again ICU Medical. I know coding languages and super bored to code these days but looking to change domains yoe: 8 not to discourage u but ppl like me also exist.
      Jun 7
    • ICU Medical / Mktg
      user3.0

      ICU Medical Mktg

      BIO
      Trying my own thing but doing something for someone else. 🤷🏼‍♂️
      user3.0more
      What do you mean change domains? Haha I'm not a tech guy.
      Jun 7
    • eBay mankatha
      Like do something else like PM or something. There's lot of stress with this shit.
      Jun 7
  • New / IT x314159
    $120
    $225
    $80
    $140
    $290
    Jun 9 3
    • Amazon / Eng TTAWSSSD
      Sup with the 225 then 80?
      Jun 9
    • New / IT
      x314159

      New IT

      PRE
      Amazon, IBM
      x314159more
      Didn’t want work much had cancer
      Jun 9
    • OpenDoor atleng
      Glad you’re doing better :)
      Jun 9
  • Intel / Eng
    SciTex

    Intel Eng

    BIO
    Work at Intel
    SciTexmore
    2010-2015 - 22K - PhD student (TA)
    2016 - 35k - Post Doc - Chemistry
    2017 - 105K + 18K in bonus and stock (first industry position)
    2018 - 107K + 18K
    2019 - 119K + 27K (total TC 146K)

    I know 146K is TC is “low” for blind. But I am proud of where I am today. Still pushing to get closer to 200K TC with a hardware semiconductor experience and chemistry education. :) keep at it my friends and fellow Blind Pepes
    Jun 9 2
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

      New Ops

      PRE
      Rakuten USA
      BIO
      Obligatory: YoE 20, TC 41k. Such is life for us non-SWE office monkeys!
      tooQ10more
      Don't let these rich trolls make you feel any less proud. Most of them are surely lying anyway. My TC is like yours but with the 1 lopped off and I don't let them get me down. I got my doctorate while working full time and am happy to have it even if it doesn't result in higher pay
      Jun 10
    • Intel / Eng
      SciTex

      Intel Eng

      BIO
      Work at Intel
      SciTexmore
      Thanks tooQ10
      Jun 10
  • Google / Eng FreddyFox
    Year 1: 80k base, paper money.
    Year 2: 120k base, paper..
    Year 3: 180k base, paper.. - job change
    Year 4: 520k
    Year 5: 530k
    Year 6: 650k
    Year 7: 650k (curr projection)

    6.5 yoe
    Jun 7 10
    • Google / Eng FreddyFox
      Ahh sorry didn't get your question. Got in as L4 into google
      Jun 7
    • New / R&D crazyface
      @FreddyFox where is that? Bay area?
      Jun 8
    • How can you get 520k offer at L4
      Jun 8
    • Twitter Hyp3r
      He is calculating value based on how much ended up getting because of stock increase, not his actual TC
      Jun 8
    • Google / Eng FreddyFox
      Yep as Hyp3r said, offer was ~350k, rest was stock growth.

      Crazyface, yes Bay area, have to pay 50% of that in tax 😅
      Jun 8
  • Salesforce sDho66
    Leave every 3-5 years for another company. This will help you maximize W2 growth. If you stay at any company longer than 5 years make sure you maximize your time away from work.
    Jun 8 4
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

      New Ops

      PRE
      Rakuten USA
      BIO
      Obligatory: YoE 20, TC 41k. Such is life for us non-SWE office monkeys!
      tooQ10more
      Seconding that part about maximizing time away from work. I've never changed jobs in my 20 years of adult life and have long since lost any chance to get a high TC. Now I focus on not doing too much overtime, and keeping stress to a minimum.
      Jun 8
    • Intel / Mgmt
      WTLife1

      Intel Mgmt

      PRE
      Adobe, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Intel Corporation
      WTLife1more
      Yep. Joined at 65K in 2000 fresh grad (shit load of equity. If not for the tech bubble, I would have been typing this from Hawaii. Sigh). Over 12X now from employment based income. At my 5th employer. Been at 2 FAANG companies in between. Wow. I feel old already.
      Jun 8
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

      New Ops

      PRE
      Rakuten USA
      BIO
      Obligatory: YoE 20, TC 41k. Such is life for us non-SWE office monkeys!
      tooQ10more
      @WTLife1, looks from your tag that you've risen pretty high, too. That's the only other way to get rich if you do t change jobs.
      Jun 8
    • Intel / Mgmt
      WTLife1

      Intel Mgmt

      PRE
      Adobe, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Intel Corporation
      WTLife1more
      I have been at FAANG s between 2007 and 2014. Did not made the big numbers that are boasted around during that time. But it did help catapult my previous and current with career progression. History has relevance indeed 😉.
      Jun 8
  • New / Data bounded
    Last 7 years 75, 85, 155, 225, 300, 440, 565.
    Jun 7 8
    • New / Data bounded
      Level change was after 1.5 years. It was roughly a 90k bump including stock and happened mid year so that was the overall tc for that year across two levels.
      Jun 7
    • That really is an incredible progression. What do you think you have been doing differently vs the people that have only managed 5-10k raises per year over the course of their careers?
      Jun 7
    • New / Data bounded
      Have a PhD in hard sciences. So 6 years prior to that was mediocre pay (14k - 28k). After that first three years at startups followed by the rest at FANG. Pay is just an artifact of the job function and choosing the right companies.
      Jun 7
    • Facebook / Other
      Janitorque

      Facebook Other

      BIO
      Data scientist
      Janitorquemore
      Jeez, where do you work?
      Jun 7
    • Google verysundar
      Ohh. Wow. Promo increased pay by $90k. That's insane. Mine just increased by like $20-25k. Where do you work?
      Jun 7
  • Microsoft no-sql
    Blind Tc are top 0.1%. I don’t think these are case in average engineers in most of companies
    Jun 8 5
    • Magic Leap ;)(;
      That’s not true. All of us are making at least making 400k. Tc is all that matters. Don’t worry about sleep, health, family, fun. Code, code, code and get that tc higher and higher..
      Jun 8
    • Microsoft no-sql
      Not just ‘code’.. need to be able to talk big things as part of leadership and spit bs as part of system design and meet your expectations in work . Change job every 2 /4 years and at the end of 15-18 years you have 2m Tc. But push for more By building startups and be around 500 m Tc. After 60 years burry that 500m Tc in the grave
      Jun 8
    • New cbbu61
      😂 you simply need to be an active participant in your life. You don't need to work hard, you need to work smart. These comments are made by people that do not run their own lives. Rather, life runs them. Poor people always make excuses as to why they are poor. Rich people do what is required to achieve their goals 🤷‍♂️
      Jun 8
    • Snapchat AlexHeath
      Last statement above is utter BS.
      Jun 9
    • New cbbu61
      Do you have proof?
      Jun 9