Will not having a degree hurt me later in my career?
I'll be joining Amazon soon as L4 with 1.5 yoe at $185k TC and I'm a college dropout from Carnegie Mellon. Two years ago, I started FreeCodeCamp and instantly fell in love with coding, especially algorithms. Finished most of the front-end module in 4 days and realized I may have an aptitude towards coding. Immediately, I went to a coding bootcamp and it worked out. I've been studying hard for the past two years since and now I landed at Amazon (didn't make it at Google. Hopefully next time).
What I want to know is, will my career slow down and will there be a ceiling I can't cross because I don't have a degree? Will I have to fight for promotion every time because I'm a dropout?
I would love to finish a degree if I can find the time but that would be hard. I looked at Columbia and NYU but they don't offer a part-time CS option. I am not sure if I can take the time off.
Is having a degree important in the later portion of my career? Also, I'm not talking about Bill Gates and Zuck not having degrees. I'm talking about more realistic levels. And please be brutally honest.
Edit: Thank you very much for many encouraging replies. It is great to see that work performance is emphasized over a degree. For the next two years or so, I want to concentrate on kicking ass at Amazon and then I will look into whether I want to go back to school or continue self-studying.
For the past two years, I have been working hard to fill in the missing gaps in my CS knowledge, and I will continue to do so throughout my career. I love coding and I enjoy delving into rabbit holes. For example, I'm currently reading a book on computation - https://computationbook.com and it is so exciting finally learning how computers _compute_ things. Whether I go back to school or not, I am continuing my studies just because of the simple fact that it's fun.
Lastly, this quote was an inspiration for me throughout the process: “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.” from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html
Edit2: Found part-time CS undergrad at Columbia: http://bulletin.columbia.edu/general-studies/undergraduates/majors-concentrations/computer-science/. Thanks for letting me know about it. This is huge. I will start looking into it in a year or two.