Coming from IT, Chasing TC - Looking for Advice
I fell into IT almost three years ago, I tried to start a company in an unrelated industry, which failed, and I needed a job to support my family. That first IT job paid $30k/year.
In the last three years, I got a B.S. in IT, a bunch of certs, and worked my way into a Sr. Cloud Operations Engineer position where I sit now, with a salary of $85k/year and a 10% annual bonus. On my current path, I can see myself over $100k base within 9-12 months, and probably around $110-$130k base within 2 years, with similar bonuses.
I see posts on here pretty often about people that have reached $200-300k+ TC within just a couple years, people getting sign off bonuses that are half my annual income, etc.
At this point, I know I need to do something different if I want to get there. From what I've seen, it looks like I need to become a developer to get there. I was originally going down the DevOps route, because that pays high by IT standards, but seems to be pretty low compared to a lot of developers.
I'm looking for general advice about this path, and anything I should focus on or pursue. I know I'm going to have to learn actual programming, grind leetcode, and it's going to take a while for me to get there. I'm trying to find the most efficient path to get from where I am to where I want to be.