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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #800 on: December 19, 2018, 05:53:49 PM »
I feel somewhat embarrassed because most of you guys have above average careers.

Title: Retail non-salaried Manager
Age: I`m 38 years old
Salary: My pay base is roughly $40,000 - to this year $56,000 depending on overtime + 401K Company matched at 6%. I make more than most salary managers at my store.
Experience: Almost 20 years and a good reputation
Education: Over a hundred credit hours in college but no degree.

Note: My wife also has a similar job title and pay.

No need to feel embarrassed. Y'all are gettin er done, good job!

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« Reply #801 on: December 20, 2018, 06:07:58 AM »
I feel somewhat embarrassed because most of you guys have above average careers.

Title: Retail non-salaried Manager
Age: I`m 38 years old
Salary: My pay base is roughly $40,000 - to this year $56,000 depending on overtime + 401K Company matched at 6%. I make more than most salary managers at my store.
Experience: Almost 20 years and a good reputation
Education: Over a hundred credit hours in college but no degree.

Note: My wife also has a similar job title and pay.

No need to feel embarrassed. Y'all are gettin er done, good job!

Second this. Heck, if your wife makes the same as you do, you guys are probably in the top 25% of household income. There's definitely a distortion effect around so many people with huge salaries (and some selection bias as to who posts in threads like these).

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #802 on: December 20, 2018, 08:38:39 AM »
31yo male
Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery
Degrees- BAS in Psychology (was super easy and quick), MS in PA studies (not so easy, but only 2.5 year program)
Experience- 4 years in Surgery
130k base pay , eligible for 10% regular bonus, also get paid an RVU bonus (basically productivity) every quarter which amounts to 15-20k a quarter.
So, probably top out at 225. Every bit of my bonus is now going into Vanguard.

Granted... I am 6 years out from loan forgiveness. Currently pay $1100 a month in student loans.

Wife is an Occupational Therapy Assistant
Approximately 55k a year

Wow, I didn't know PAs made that much money. Do you mind my asking where you are, and how much debt you were in?

It all depends on where you want to work. I work in Ortho Surgery in the middle of nowhere which happens to be my hometown. Portsmouth, Ohio. My employer is honestly great. However, my compensation is production based. The more work I crank out, the better the pay. A typical work week for me is 55 hours. Monday-Friday 7ish to between 6pm and?

I started at 90k working in Occupation Medicine (worker's compensation basically). It was terrible and made debate on my life decisions. But, it got my foot in the door.

Fortunately, I love what I do, and honestly couldn't see myself in any other specialty.

I currently owe 160k in student loans. I am paying the minimum, and the debt will be forgiven in 6 more years (as I work for a non profit hospital... in a healthcare provider shortage area).

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #803 on: December 20, 2018, 12:06:51 PM »
Title: Software Engineer in Test
Age: 38
Salary: $315k base + options + insurance + 401(k) match + fringe benefits = ~$350k total comp
Experience: 12 years
Education: College drop-out (100+ units completed)
Wow that’s just plain silly


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That is pretty standard in the Seattle area, I would say that is average for 10 years of experience. I am not sure why there is this false impression that you have to go to school and be a math genius to do software engineering. I got a few books from the library and learned for free on the internet and learned most of the skills on the job. I think I have 8th grade math skills, and if I need something math heavy I just ask someone to help. The only hard part was getting thru interviews and networking.
That is not average for 10 years experience. Salary averages in software on sites like Glassdoor or Payscale show this not to be the case. Now, this is the average if you've made it to a senior role at a FAANG or equivalent. And that means you're a top 5% engineer. But software engineering really only averages about 20% more than most other engineers. A software engineer with 10 years experience would otherwise normally be making ~120k.

Some people make rockstar money in software, but it's a false impression from all the press that Big Tech gets. If you aren't working at Google, you won't be making 250k+ as an engineer. This guy is either a very high level of engineer or works for a big name, and probably both.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #804 on: December 20, 2018, 02:16:55 PM »
31yo male
Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery
Degrees- BAS in Psychology (was super easy and quick), MS in PA studies (not so easy, but only 2.5 year program)
Experience- 4 years in Surgery
130k base pay , eligible for 10% regular bonus, also get paid an RVU bonus (basically productivity) every quarter which amounts to 15-20k a quarter.
So, probably top out at 225. Every bit of my bonus is now going into Vanguard.

Granted... I am 6 years out from loan forgiveness. Currently pay $1100 a month in student loans.

Wife is an Occupational Therapy Assistant
Approximately 55k a year

Wow, I didn't know PAs made that much money. Do you mind my asking where you are, and how much debt you were in?

It all depends on where you want to work. I work in Ortho Surgery in the middle of nowhere which happens to be my hometown. Portsmouth, Ohio. My employer is honestly great. However, my compensation is production based. The more work I crank out, the better the pay. A typical work week for me is 55 hours. Monday-Friday 7ish to between 6pm and?

I started at 90k working in Occupation Medicine (worker's compensation basically). It was terrible and made debate on my life decisions. But, it got my foot in the door.

Fortunately, I love what I do, and honestly couldn't see myself in any other specialty.

I currently owe 160k in student loans. I am paying the minimum, and the debt will be forgiven in 6 more years (as I work for a non profit hospital... in a healthcare provider shortage area).

Make sure you dot your i and cross your t irt the loan forgiveness. Check now to make sure everything is being done correctly and qualifies. It's been all over the news how small of a % of forgiveness applications have been getting approved.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #805 on: December 20, 2018, 02:41:42 PM »
Title: Software Engineer
Age: 31
Salary: $106,075 plus bonus (5-10% @ end of year, performance-based)
Years’ experience: 10 years
Education: B.S. Mathematics
Location: I think this is important - a Silicon Valley salary isn't the same as a salary in the midwest. I'm in a mid-sized midwestern city with low cost of living.


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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #806 on: December 20, 2018, 02:54:12 PM »
Title: Manufacturing Manager
Salary: $178k (includes base pay and bonus)
Age: 36
Experience: 19 years
Education: High School diploma
Location: Massachusetts

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #807 on: December 20, 2018, 03:12:53 PM »
Title: Inside Sales Manager (Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings / aka Construction Industry)
Salary: $52k Base + $36k Commission Bonus (Been a great year) = $88k Total
Age: 27
Experience: 9 years in this industry, but not necessary for this job.
Education: High School Diploma Required, Cert in CAD a bonus, Associates Degree in Drafting a Bonus, Bachelors Degree (unrelated field) a bonus and not needed.  Could be done with ambition and a HS diploma only.
Location: Texas

What I'm learning from this thread is there is no reason not to reach higher.  Only a few years ago I thought 38k a year was par for the course...  Way too many ways to make money in the US to restrict yourself to a low salary (unless you choose to do so for your own personal reasons / job fulfillment in Education or Social Services, etc).

Also don't believe the BS that employers spit out about how much you can/should/will make.  They have no incentive to pay you more-  job hop or demand more to get it.  If you aren't making 10% to 25% annual raises in your 5 to 10 year career window, your employer isn't keeping you up with the industry.  In almost any industry.  Period.

Great thread.
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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #808 on: December 23, 2018, 10:06:10 AM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #809 on: December 24, 2018, 08:04:04 PM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #810 on: December 24, 2018, 08:32:42 PM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know(.
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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #811 on: December 28, 2018, 08:36:34 AM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
Employed where?  In what job?  What company?  I think the interview process typically takes longer than a day.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #812 on: December 28, 2018, 08:39:10 AM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
Employed where?  In what job?  What company?  I think the interview process typically takes longer than a day.

I work in telecom here in MA and our company is growing at such a rate we are hiring  monthly. Would you consider relocation?

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #813 on: December 28, 2018, 10:39:00 AM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
Employed where?  In what job?  What company?  I think the interview process typically takes longer than a day.

Oh come on, I'm sure you are smart enough to realize that tomorrow was hyperbole. You are an EE with 17 years experience in the greatest time ever to be alive with those skills.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #814 on: December 28, 2018, 10:59:05 AM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
Employed where?  In what job?  What company?  I think the interview process typically takes longer than a day.

Have you considered a utility career?  My son is in the Transmission group at a large utility company in TN with a EE degree.  The people he sits next to do all the telecom work for the transmission network.  Good money, great benefits, great people.

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« Reply #815 on: December 28, 2018, 01:00:45 PM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
Employed where?  In what job?  What company?  I think the interview process typically takes longer than a day.

Oh come on, I'm sure you are smart enough to realize that tomorrow was hyperbole. You are an EE with 17 years experience in the greatest time ever to be alive with those skills.
My degree may be in EE, but I haven't used my degree in the 17 years since I graduated.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #816 on: December 28, 2018, 05:19:32 PM »
Absolutely great thread. Happy to contribute

Title: Civil litigation attorney specialized in a narrow sub-field with little competition (Partner)
Employer: Small firm in Canadian suburban MCOL area with EWYK compensation scheme
Salary: 90-110K depending on the work I can fetch for myself (been at it for only 8 months and already seeing it grow). No benefits, insurance, nothing.
Education: B.A, J.D. from top Canadian law school
Experience: Just over 2 years post-call.
Age: 28

I chose a (very) unconventional path for a young lawyer, and yet I think I made the best choice possible. I set my hours, I do not have to deal with the office politics bullshit, my compensation directly correlates with the time I put in, and I (hopefully) will soon start to more freely pick my cases. This comes at the cost of compensation fluctuation, but that is the entrepreneur's dilemma.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #817 on: December 28, 2018, 05:39:09 PM »
I'm really glad I found this website! It's inspiring hearing about like minded individuals quest for FI :)

Title: Legal Research
Age: 37
Salary: $81000 + 15% employer mandatory contribution
Years’ experience: 7 years PQE, 6 1/2 years with same employer.
Qualification: BA, JD and Grad Dip


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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #818 on: December 28, 2018, 10:20:20 PM »
Title: Case manager
Age: 30
Experience: 0 years and/or my entire life, depending on how you want to look at it, but less than a year on the job either way
Salary: ~41,000 currently + pension
Education: Bachelors

My husband makes about $22,000 currently + pension, with an AA, 37, less than a year on the job, but he will get more hours soon, raising it to ~$32,000 within a year or so.

Zero debt of any kind for both of us, although kind of looking to buy a house.

I'm not embarrassed about my earnings at all, but it is kind of depressing to the vast majority of people here make vastly more than that. Luckily we could almost get by on husband's salary alone (and absolutely could once his hours increase), AND we live in California, so whoopee on that at least.

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« Reply #819 on: December 29, 2018, 08:12:29 AM »
Title:  Regional Corporate Banker
Age:  36
Experience:  15 years
Salary:  $185,000, Total Compensation ~ $320,000.  (includes bonus, Restricted Stock, 401k match, Pension benefit)
Education:  Lower tier state school Bachelors

I built up the last 60k in base salary and the equity compensation by going into management and moving a couple times with the company then lateraled back into production and that has my compensation 15-30% higher than most in my field. 

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« Reply #820 on: December 29, 2018, 06:05:03 PM »
Title: Military/Section Chief
Age: 31
Salary: $80K
Years’ experience: 13 years
Education: B.S. Occupational Safety & Health  (working on M.S in Safety Management)
Location: MCOL

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« Reply #821 on: December 29, 2018, 07:19:12 PM »
Title: Corporate Training Program Manager (Nuclear)
Age: 51
Salary: 160k + 25% bonus
Years' experience: 30+
Education: MBA
Location: LCOL Area (life is good!)

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #822 on: December 29, 2018, 10:39:16 PM »
Holy shiz, I need to get a better paying job.

Title: Marketing Assistant (changed careers in my early 30s, because the hospitality industry blows)
Age: 35
Salary: $49k base, actually earned around $53k after overtime
Years' experience: 3 (in marketing - 10 in hospo, plus a few more years of random jobs)
Education: Bachelors
Location: HCOL city in Australia

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #823 on: December 30, 2018, 08:23:26 AM »
Technical Designer
24 years old, 4 years experience
$68k
AAS in Engineering

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« Reply #824 on: December 30, 2018, 04:11:33 PM »
chasefish - I'm curious, as so many titles are only somewhat descriptive (i.e., can have a lot of latitude to what they do), but what does a regional corporate banker do in your neck of the woods?

As for me:

Title: Senior Manager in public accounting
Age: Late 30s
Salary:  Base in the low $80s, with some potential for a small bonus
Years' experience: 14ish
Education: Bachelors & Cert
Location: LCOL

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #825 on: December 30, 2018, 05:09:20 PM »
Title: Pediatrician, physician partner in private practice, with side-gig in telemedicine
Age: Early 40's
Salary (production only): ~$235k, plus 401K match
Years' experience: 13.5 post residency (3yrs)
Education: B.S. Biology and Chemistry, M.D.
Location: LCOL

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« Reply #826 on: December 30, 2018, 07:46:02 PM »
chasefish - I'm curious, as so many titles are only somewhat descriptive (i.e., can have a lot of latitude to what they do), but what does a regional corporate banker do in your neck of the woods?

Loans for larger privately held companies, typically up to half a billion in revenue.  Its an all emcompassing title, even though there's some team help for each piece of it.  Business development, putting a deal together (finding something mutually acceptable between the Bank and a client), grinding it through to closing, then managing the credit risk on an on-going basis.  We also are responsible for doing the treasury services and finding other fee based revenue opportunities for the bank. 

I built up my salary running a team doing the same thing but to companies with sales under $100mil then lateraled into this job.   Going rate is probably closer to $150k base plus equity/bonus driving it to $250k.

We get a few accountants who like providing financing better :)

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #827 on: January 04, 2019, 12:13:55 PM »
For those who feel bad about their salary, maybe this will make you feel better.  This is my current status.

Title: Unemployed
Salary: $0 (but I can file for unemployment when my severance runs out ;)
Age: 40
Experience: 17 years in telecom industry
Education: BS Electrical Engineering
Location: North Carolina

If you are willing to move you could be employed tomorrow (which I am sure you know.)
Employed where?  In what job?  What company?  I think the interview process typically takes longer than a day.

I work in telecom here in MA and our company is growing at such a rate we are hiring  monthly. Would you consider relocation?
I would consider relocation, but I'm not wild about moving somewhere cold.  I just sent you a PM.  Thanks.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #828 on: January 05, 2019, 07:48:08 AM »
Title: Software Engineer in Test
Age: 38
Salary: $315k base + options + insurance + 401(k) match + fringe benefits = ~$350k total comp
Experience: 12 years
Education: College drop-out (100+ units completed)
While $350k total comp is not uncommon for senior software engineers, I’ve never heard of $300k+ base. I’d love to have less of my comp tied to the company stock. Where do you work? Netflix?

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #829 on: January 05, 2019, 10:18:21 AM »
Title: Software Engineer in Test
Age: 38
Salary: $315k base + options + insurance + 401(k) match + fringe benefits = ~$350k total comp
Experience: 12 years
Education: College drop-out (100+ units completed)
Wow that’s just plain silly


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That is pretty standard in the Seattle area, I would say that is average for 10 years of experience. I am not sure why there is this false impression that you have to go to school and be a math genius to do software engineering. I got a few books from the library and learned for free on the internet and learned most of the skills on the job. I think I have 8th grade math skills, and if I need something math heavy I just ask someone to help. The only hard part was getting thru interviews and networking.
That is not average for 10 years experience. Salary averages in software on sites like Glassdoor or Payscale show this not to be the case. Now, this is the average if you've made it to a senior role at a FAANG or equivalent. And that means you're a top 5% engineer. But software engineering really only averages about 20% more than most other engineers. A software engineer with 10 years experience would otherwise normally be making ~120k.

Some people make rockstar money in software, but it's a false impression from all the press that Big Tech gets. If you aren't working at Google, you won't be making 250k+ as an engineer. This guy is either a very high level of engineer or works for a big name, and probably both.

I do not work at a FANG company. Glassdoor does not give accurate total compensation for my industry which is frustrating as I cannot easily comparison shop companies. I have to use anonymous apps like blind to figure out what everyone makes real world. Nearly everyone in my cohort when I got hired is making the same (or more!) then me. i feel I am just above average compared to 100s of others I work with and we have enough rapport to talk about salaries. I can tell you, most are not rock stars, they are mostly average. They are good of course, but very few are changing the world. At my company, if you do not move into a senior role in about 8 years, you usually are kicked to the curb, so there is some filtering going on. The over 300k base is high, but with bonuses and perks, you will make crazy money in the seattle area if you want to and you do not need a degree (but it does help). Networking is MUCH more valuable then a degree.
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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #830 on: January 07, 2019, 12:00:56 PM »
I do not work at a FANG company. Glassdoor does not give accurate total compensation for my industry which is frustrating as I cannot easily comparison shop companies. I have to use anonymous apps like blind to figure out what everyone makes real world. Nearly everyone in my cohort when I got hired is making the same (or more!) then me. i feel I am just above average compared to 100s of others I work with and we have enough rapport to talk about salaries. I can tell you, most are not rock stars, they are mostly average. They are good of course, but very few are changing the world. At my company, if you do not move into a senior role in about 8 years, you usually are kicked to the curb, so there is some filtering going on. The over 300k base is high, but with bonuses and perks, you will make crazy money in the seattle area if you want to and you do not need a degree (but it does help). Networking is MUCH more valuable then a degree.
Wow. I went on Blind and did some research. Some people there still say that Blind is a bubble of the particularly well compensated and most people there are at FB/G/Uber, etc, but you have more knowledge than me. If these salaries really are commonplace in the Seattle area for 10 YOE, that's incredible. It really makes me wish I had known the relative difference in pay now between ME and CS majors when I was in college. Back then everyone thought all programmers would be outsourced to India and China in 5 years.
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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #831 on: January 23, 2019, 08:35:09 PM »
Job Title: Requirements Engineer at a software company
Salary: $70 K.   Company 401(k) match: 4%.  No bonuses
Weekly hours: 40-42. 17 days of vacation, no rollover from year to year; 10 company holidays
Age: 46
Experience: 19 years
Education: M.S. Plant Breeding and Genetics,  PMP certification,  ACS ALS credentials from Toastmasters International

I started life as a molecular biologist, followed by computer programmer, followed by a project manager, followed by a layoff.  My current position is the post-layoff position and represents 40% salary cut from my previous job; on the plus side, I was without a paycheck for only three weeks, which allowed me to invest the severance pay and accelerate FI.  I've been on my current job for 6 months.  I'm working on increasing responsibilities and probing ways to get a raise

Update! 
Job Title: IT Project Manager at a not-for-profit medical certification board
Salary: $95 K.   Company 401(k) match: 10%.  No bonuses
Weekly hours: 40-42. 15 days of vacation, year-to-year rollover allowed until 28 days; 13 company holidays

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #832 on: January 23, 2019, 08:54:20 PM »
Job Title: Barrister (Australian equivalent of trial lawyer)
Salary: no fixed salary; weekly earnings vary from $0 to $15,000 but on average about $7,000 a week; after expenses and chambers rent, about $5,500 a week; after GST and income tax etc, about $3,000 a week
Weekly hours: I work about 50 hours per week on average. In truth, weeks are either easy (35 hours) or hard (60+ hours).
Vacation: potentially unlimited
Age: 32
Experience: 7 years
Education: BComm. LLB (Hons)

Unfortunately, all figures given above are AUD
$100k AUD = $70k USD
in terms of buying power, given that food, cars, electricity, houses and just about everything is more expensive, I'd say in truth $100k AUD = $60k USD in purchasing power parity. (The thing is, we are much more generous on the poor, who have subsidised everything, and generous welfare. But for above-average earners, it's a lot harder to live a nice lifestyle here.)

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #833 on: January 23, 2019, 09:12:43 PM »
Title: Process Engineer
Age: 45
Compensation:  started in 1996 at $45k, currently $195k plus bonus, 401k match, pension, great health insurance, good vacation and flexible hours, good work environment with lots of fringe benefits (details might compromise my precious internet anonymity)
Years’ experience: 23 years (already?  seems like less...)
Education: B.S. ChE
Location: Houston suburbs, low cost of living

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #834 on: January 24, 2019, 11:02:38 AM »
Research Associate at a uni. Pay depends on how much the lab hires you at so can range from 30-110K. 45-60 is typical for someone like me (2-3 years as a professional with at least as much time in as a tech).
Experience to get in: PhD or MS+3 yrs or BS +7 yr. Degrees must be in the field requested by the job advert. There is no experience-based pay adjustments once you get your foot in; pay is 90% about negotiation.

Update.
Still same employer and I have the same job title but moved to a different lab in order to make $10k more.
Title: Research Associate
Age: 31
Salary: $56k @ 40hr and $6k in free tuition (>90% untaxed). I taught a course last year and made an extra $10k. Fully paid basic health insurance.
Education: MS, PhD in the works
Location: CO (slightly high COL)

After the doctorate I could make $70-80k if I move up my job series or as a post-doc (side bar: My supervisor is trying to get me in to post-doc at a national lab where I could make $110k). Not looking for tenure-track but that could be $110k-ish to start.
 My main emphasis in my doctoral studies is to improve my programming skills.  At this point, I could put those to work in the private sector and make $70-80k today. Many of the jobs prefer working local however and tend to be in places like San Fran.
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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #835 on: January 24, 2019, 12:01:17 PM »
Title: Software Engineer in Test
Age: 38
Salary: $315k base + options + insurance + 401(k) match + fringe benefits = ~$350k total comp
Experience: 12 years
Education: College drop-out (100+ units completed)
Wow that’s just plain silly


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That is pretty standard in the Seattle area, I would say that is average for 10 years of experience. I am not sure why there is this false impression that you have to go to school and be a math genius to do software engineering. I got a few books from the library and learned for free on the internet and learned most of the skills on the job. I think I have 8th grade math skills, and if I need something math heavy I just ask someone to help. The only hard part was getting thru interviews and networking.
That is not average for 10 years experience. Salary averages in software on sites like Glassdoor or Payscale show this not to be the case. Now, this is the average if you've made it to a senior role at a FAANG or equivalent. And that means you're a top 5% engineer. But software engineering really only averages about 20% more than most other engineers. A software engineer with 10 years experience would otherwise normally be making ~120k.

Some people make rockstar money in software, but it's a false impression from all the press that Big Tech gets. If you aren't working at Google, you won't be making 250k+ as an engineer. This guy is either a very high level of engineer or works for a big name, and probably both.

I do not work at a FANG company. Glassdoor does not give accurate total compensation for my industry which is frustrating as I cannot easily comparison shop companies. I have to use anonymous apps like blind to figure out what everyone makes real world. Nearly everyone in my cohort when I got hired is making the same (or more!) then me. i feel I am just above average compared to 100s of others I work with and we have enough rapport to talk about salaries. I can tell you, most are not rock stars, they are mostly average. They are good of course, but very few are changing the world. At my company, if you do not move into a senior role in about 8 years, you usually are kicked to the curb, so there is some filtering going on. The over 300k base is high, but with bonuses and perks, you will make crazy money in the seattle area if you want to and you do not need a degree (but it does help). Networking is MUCH more valuable then a degree.

Is that specifically in software dev?  I am an infrastructure guy making 1/3 of that right outside of Manhattan..

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #836 on: January 24, 2019, 12:04:53 PM »
Title: Data Analyst
Age: 24
Salary: $56k
Experience: ~3 years
Education: B.A. in Economics

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #837 on: January 24, 2019, 12:14:13 PM »
Title: Program Manager
Age: 33
Salary: $136K plus bonus (7-12% @ end of year, performance-based) & 10% 401K match = ~165K
Years’ experience: 12 years
Education: B.S. Manufacturing Engineering, PMP Cert
Location: Utah

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #838 on: January 24, 2019, 02:42:57 PM »
Title: Technical Writer
Age: 39
Salary: $121K plus OT (averaging 14-18K per year) and a performance based bonus (5-10%)
Years’ experience: 12 years
Education: B.S. Aeronautics
Location: SoCal

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #839 on: January 31, 2019, 10:29:41 AM »
Last year
Title: Software Manager in a tech hub.
Salary: Around 330K total comp + standard benefits
Work hours:  70 hours/week + on call 24/7 and regularly paged.

This year
Title: Principal Engineer
Salary: around 160K + 6% 401K match + generous PTO (for the US)
Work hours: 40 hours /week

Education:  BA and MS in tech and science fields.    My parents paid for the BA and I paid maybe 40K for the MS.   
Age: 44
YOE: around 20

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #840 on: February 10, 2019, 09:27:21 AM »
Job Title: Requirements Engineer at a software company
Salary: $70 K.   Company 401(k) match: 4%.  No bonuses
Weekly hours: 40-42. 17 days of vacation, no rollover from year to year; 10 company holidays
Age: 46
Experience: 19 years
Education: M.S. Plant Breeding and Genetics,  PMP certification,  ACS ALS credentials from Toastmasters International

I started life as a molecular biologist, followed by computer programmer, followed by a project manager, followed by a layoff.  My current position is the post-layoff position and represents 40% salary cut from my previous job; on the plus side, I was without a paycheck for only three weeks, which allowed me to invest the severance pay and accelerate FI.  I've been on my current job for 6 months.  I'm working on increasing responsibilities and probing ways to get a raise

Update! 
Job Title: IT Project Manager at a not-for-profit medical certification board
Salary: $95 K.   Company 401(k) match: 10%.  No bonuses
Weekly hours: 40-42. 15 days of vacation, year-to-year rollover allowed until 28 days; 13 company holidays

Another update!  This is an illustration of career progression that can happen to those who lost their livelihood to layoffs or "rightsizing".  Keep your chin up, people!
Job Title: Systems Operations Manager at a not-for-profit medical certification board;  Yep, a promotion announced two days ago
Salary: $103 K.   Company 401(k) match as in the last update.
Weekly hours: 40-45 including on-call rotation every 5 weeks.  Vacation and holidays as in the last update.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #841 on: February 10, 2019, 06:56:25 PM »
Title: Inside Sales Manager (Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings / aka Construction Industry)
Salary: $52k Base + $36k Commission Bonus (Been a great year) = $88k Total
Age: 27
Experience: 9 years in this industry, but not necessary for this job.
Education: High School Diploma Required, Cert in CAD a bonus, Associates Degree in Drafting a Bonus, Bachelors Degree (unrelated field) a bonus and not needed.  Could be done with ambition and a HS diploma only.
Location: Texas

What I'm learning from this thread is there is no reason not to reach higher.  Only a few years ago I thought 38k a year was par for the course...  Way too many ways to make money in the US to restrict yourself to a low salary (unless you choose to do so for your own personal reasons / job fulfillment in Education or Social Services, etc).

Also don't believe the BS that employers spit out about how much you can/should/will make.  They have no incentive to pay you more-  job hop or demand more to get it. If you aren't making 10% to 25% annual raises in your (first) 5 to 10 year career window, your employer isn't keeping you up with the industry.  In almost any industry.  Period.

Great thread.

Update, Had a job offer from another company for an outside sales position.  Work found out and gave me a healthy bump.  Re-highlighted above (relevant) post...  ;)

Title: Inside Sales Manager (Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings / aka Construction Industry)
Salary: $68.5k Base + $36k Commission Bonus (Been a great year) = $104.5k Total
Age: 27
Experience: 9 years in this industry, but not necessary for this job.
Education: High School Diploma Required, Cert in CAD a bonus, Associates Degree in Drafting a Bonus, Bachelors Degree (unrelated field) a bonus and not needed.  Could be done with ambition and a HS diploma only.
Location: Texas

Don't doubt jobs in the trades, peeps.  It can pay quite well.

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Re: What's your job title and how much do you earn?
« Reply #842 on: February 11, 2019, 02:56:27 AM »
Title: Admin (Legal)
Salary: $66k + pension + health insurance + 25 paid vacation days; 38-hr workweek
Experience: 17y (on and off, several companies)
Age: 47
Education: BA English, unfinished MA Translation Studies, 1yr accelerated Secretary training