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post #61 of 472
i'm glad there are some other old farts on here who remember when money was real money. my first year out of college was about $12,000 ... in 1978. pissed off my best friend who worked with me because he found out i was making more than him. of course, he wound up president of young and rubicam ... starting salary is no indicator of future returns.
post #62 of 472
My starting salary in 2009 was $250k provided I worked 150 hours per week (and I would probably get a pretty sick bonus on top of that).

Since I prefer to sleep more than 2.5 hours a night, I make significantly less.
post #63 of 472
My first job out of college, in 1993, I made 22K in a retail buying training program.
post #64 of 472
1988 Electrical Engineering $45,000. Today it would probably be $60 - 65,000
post #65 of 472
I've applied for 3 for jobs in the 65-75k range. All "new graduate recruitment programs". I've still got 6 months of school yet, so we'll see where I actually end up.
post #66 of 472
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post
Why do I live in NJ, seriously.

This must be outskirts though, no? I'd imagine anything near Houston to be pretty expensive.

My sister lived in houston with 3 people it was about $350 a month rent/bills. I believe you could find an apartment for like $600-700 a month there though in a decent area of town.

I live on the oklahoma border in a place of 100k. For me to get into a city $40k a year would make me the same money after considering apartment expense. I can drive 5 minutes to shoot guns, ride my bicycle everywhere, ride a motorcycle without fear, and leave my door unlocked. I'll take the less pay for not having to worry ever.
post #67 of 472
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1988 Electrical Engineering $45,000.

Today it would probably be $60 - 65,000

That's pretty solid for an EE in '88!!

straight outta college in early 2001, Electrical Engineering, $55k.
post #68 of 472
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Originally Posted by GQgeek View Post
63 isnt' really lowball for a programmer unless you're some kind of star.. lots of coders well into careers only make that much...
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I believe nanyu said he works for a wall street corp? For many of those places 63k is the lower end of their salaries.
Yeah, let me give you a basic breakdown of Wall St. software salaries. noob: 60-70k 3 years: ~100k 5 years: ~150k 10 years: ~250k These numbers are total comp, so they include year-end bonuses. Ninja edit.
post #69 of 472
^ Rich bastard!
post #70 of 472
^

I know, right? I'm making a list of who is buying the Styleforum crew dinner in January in NYC.

Adds thenanyu.
post #71 of 472
Wall st. software programmer = quant right?
post #72 of 472
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Wall st. software programmer = quant right?
Not necessarily. There is a difference between developers and quants (called strats at some firms).
post #73 of 472
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post
This is how I've always approached it. Politics tends to be the former. People always say "Just gotta pay your dues early on." Not in NY. The NY Legislature, plus the Executive branch, have thousands and thousands of appointee gigs. And then there are the lobbying, PR/communications, etc. jobs. If I had stayed in Ohio politics, I'd absolutely agree with your caveat.
Based on limited knowledge of politics, you'll eventually need to go to law school. It seems like many pols need the income of a lawyer to support them while they work part time gigs as state senators and the like.

As for your OP, I started out in Chicago at a benefits consulting firm in 2000 making about 50k all in. It was the worst job I ever had. It was 80 hrs a week, I hated myself, and I gained 30 lbs.

If you want to be a player be a lawyer, an accountant, or a corporate banker (not even necessarily an investment banker). You build a ton of connections, your work will always be in demand (even during down times) and you will almost always make a ton of money.
post #74 of 472
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Originally Posted by thenanyu View Post
Yeah, let me give you a basic breakdown of Wall St. software salaries. noob: 60-70k 3 years: ~100k 5 years: ~150k 10 years: ~250k These numbers are total comp, so they include year-end bonuses. Ninja edit.
k.. you didn't say wall st. or i missed it. :P Out of curiosity, what's the work environment like for a coder there?
post #75 of 472
25-30k. I have the potential for 150k+ working 12-14 days a month.
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