Originally Posted by tesuquegolfer
In 2001 I took a job as a contractor to a large company and my hourly wage was $51/hr with no benefits. I was considered a Sr. Project Controls Engineer (support to a Project Manager w a BS in Business Information Systems) but I wasn't really Sr. which concerned me, I had 7-10 yrs of general experience in the field. It was a game that the contract company played as they new the they could charge more for Sr. people and make more money. It was a win/win even though I was kind of stressed about living up to my title for a while. I could have probably gotten $70K-$80K as a new grad with no experience at that time. I worked hard and gained respect taking the pressure off. I have been fortunate to remain a contractor working for the same company so I make time and a half for anything over 40 and now get pretty good bennies. In 10 plus yrs of raises, I now make $150K+ and rarely work more than 40. Also, the cost of living is pretty low here so that goes a long way, but I can tell you single guys that family eats it up pretty quickly with vacations, college tuition, braces, medical bills, car insurance for teenagers...............
Isn't this thread about starting salaries, like at your first job after leaving full-time education?
Mine was $20k, no benefits -- editorial assistant in 1993. Man I ate a lot of canned soup.