How to reach $500k TC

Oct 7, 2019 85 Comments

I have 18 yoe. MS in CS. Current TC is $230k in Bay Area. For the last 6 years I am working on iOS platform. Just finished 1 year at G. Technical skills is not a problem.

Single earner with one kid. I just can seem to save anything and $230k seems unsustainable. What should I do to get to $500k TC ASAP. I would prefer to avoid FB and Amazon.
Any other tier 1 or 2 companies that can pay well?

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  • Dropbox topbox
    What's your current level?
    Oct 7, 2019 7
    • Google / Other chief-do
      Sure, L4 is a wide band. But assuming you were on the upper end of the band you would still be almost 300K. What kind of ratings have you been getting?
      Oct 7, 2019
    • New naked
      Ya which bootcamp?
      Oct 9, 2019
  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

    PRE
    Amazon
    not_larrymore
    Netflix
    Oct 7, 2019 3
    • Oracle
      not_larry

      Oracle

      PRE
      Amazon
      not_larrymore
      Pick one: High TC, Job security
      Oct 7, 2019
    • New / Creative HasanMinaj
      @not_larry or Tesla: Neither
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Verizon Media Atinlay6
    Move out of the area
    Oct 7, 2019 1
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      Seattle too cloudy, NY too cold, Austin too boring. BA seems fine as long as I get decent TC.
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Amazon frugalityy
    18 years exp
    In Google currently
    $230k TC?

    Instead of asking what should you do to get $500k TC , You should spend some.time and understand what you did in the past to get $230k TC.

    Are you L4?
    Are you in Tier 2 city?

    Would movie to Low cost city help?
    Oct 7, 2019 4
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      For 9 years I worked at MIT. It was a research engineering position. I had fun but didn’t add anything to my TC. So I guess you are right. I have not had any impact in the tech world. It was in academic field.
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Twitter
      🐨 koala

      Twitter

      BIO
      I got a bio now. Do you?
      🐨 koalamore
      Did u at least bang a lot of undergrads?

      ...oh wait it’s MIT.
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Boeing aemg38
    Can optimize obscure algorithms but can't optimize monthly budget....
    Oct 7, 2019 3
    • Walmart ghu75v
      It's not in sf. The base is probably around 150k. Rent for a 2 bedroom is at least 4k with a 1 hour commute.

      4k post post tax is like 70% of his take home. Kids are expensive if he also maxes out his 401k.

      Depending on his stock vesting schedule, it could make things better. If the stock vests yearly, it really doesn't help 12 months of the year.
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      This
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Facebook public2
    Step one get a job at any fang (avoid amzn obviously). That's it.
    Oct 7, 2019 4
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      Google pays shit if no competing offer.
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Google jkLy05
      So get competing offers?
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Reach L6
    Oct 7, 2019 1
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      Not that easy. Maybe if I work my ass off for next 5-10 years I might get there.
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Microsoft FlyingOwe
    Yoe and TC doesn’t add up for Bay Area.
    Oct 7, 2019 2
    • Yes they do. They don’t add up to ridiculous Blind standards though...
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      I worked in LA for most of my career and even as recent as 2015 companies were not willing to pay more than $120k for experienced iOS engineer.
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Roku cruella
    I am guessing u have Exp in more than iOS. What else?
    Oct 7, 2019 5
    • Google / Eng Yorkckkwe
      OP
      Because apparently I didn’t do too well in interview or didn’t negotiate well. I am not a leetcode monkey.
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Roku cruella
      Well then u know the first step. LC like crazy. DM if u need help. But with ur expertise I doubt I'll be of help. More likely u can help me 😀
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Oracle abc245
    Leetcode baby and start interviewing
    Oct 7, 2019 0

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