Why does everyone on blind make so much money?

Oct 14, 2019 34 Comments

Blind newb here. I'm a Mechanical Engineer V with 6 YOE in Portland, OR. TC is 110k. I am considered a top performer relative to my peers and I believe I am compensated appropriately relative to them. However, when I read that people are making 2x to 4x what I make and they are SWE in SF or Seattle I wonder if I chose the wrong career! Cost of living is not THAT much more than in Portland. What is going on? I am smart, with excellent problem solving and good communication skills. Should I go to code boot camp and start over as a SWE? Do they make that much more than MEs outside of these locations? Appreciate your perspective. Thanks!

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  • Microsoft / Eng dotoday
    It’s true that software engineers make way more. However blind is over exaggerating for two reasons.
    1. Obviously people can lie and you have no way to know
    2. Even if it was all the truth, it’s not a random selection of people here reporting their salaries. Those in the top 10-20% are a lot more likely to talk salary because who wants to post their salary just to have a dozen other people say they make more money than them? So that’s called a self selection bias.

    If you spend enough time on blind you’d probably think making $200K as a SWE is on the very low end and $350K-$450K is about average. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • Adobe shastanu
    They lie
    Oct 14, 2019 7
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    All my friends who did ChemE, EE, CivE, AeroE, IndE...ALL of them went to bootcamp and became SWEs lmao. Except 1 AeroE guy, he went to Boring and is in similar situation as you.
    Oct 14, 2019 3
    • Facebook
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      Lol. All xEs lead to SWE.
      Oct 14, 2019
    • My experience is similar to Facebook’s
      Oct 14, 2019
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    They say they do but in reality very few actually make that much, even they won’t last that long. IT goes through decimation cycles from time to time, and salaries get evaporated. Just ask SAP consultants from 90s.

    All this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ride this bubble. If you’re smart you can make a few hundred thousands for your ira before this crumbles, then go about living the rest of your life with good memories of good times to tell your grandchildren
    Oct 14, 2019 5
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      What was 100k became 200k in 15 years or so. That’s about it
      Oct 15, 2019
    • Facebook gEKd541
      Not really...
      Wages for top earners more than ×4-5

      The number of non managers making 400k+ these days is huge.

      They barely existed 15 years ago
      Oct 15, 2019
  • Facebook public2
    There's no money in hardware, there's a lot in software. That's it.
    Oct 14, 2019 0
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    • Facebook
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      Double or triple TC from fang? E6 in fb earns more than 500k. I don't think Alibaba or whatever Chinese company will give you 1 million or 1.5 million for P9.
      Oct 14, 2019
    • Riverbed Technology blindban
      Don't know what the f New is talking about
      Oct 14, 2019
  • Facebook
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    First, you are in wrong industry.
    Second, you are in wrong company.
    Oct 14, 2019 0
  • If money was your goal, then pursuing mechanical engineering was probably a big mistake in your life. Should have pursued finance or CS

    All of my engineering friends realize how shit they make, and they go to bootcamp only to get lowballed later lol just be content where you are
    Oct 14, 2019 1
    • Apple vandope
      How much is low ball?
      Dec 9, 2019
  • Boeing scBo60
    SAME. My sister and I are first generation in our family to graduate from college. My family has a business and I'm the only one who has left our hometown to do something on my own. I graduated in Aeronautics and am a contractor at Boeing in Seattle working as an IT project manager. Honestly, I thought I was making BANK with a TC of $90K. Now I want to switch to SWE if there is better opportunity there.

    For SWE's with TC of or over $300k: how long did it take you to get there? I know there's a huge demand for SWEs. I'm more than willing to put the work in. Just looking for guidance on what the best path is. Any advice?
    Oct 16, 2019 0
  • Amazon ___|___
    Bro leetcode and gtfo
    Oct 14, 2019 0

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