Tech People – Are you paid your worth… Part 1.

This is an interesting topic and one that your boss would prefer you didn’t read up on. However, over the last little while I’ve been receiving calls from more and more tech start-ups who’re rolling into town, all cashed up an ready to take on as much good talent as they can possibly find. This has got me to thinking – are they changing the ‘standard’ salary banding here in Brisbane – maybe, maybe not – precisely that’s a topic all on its own, rather here I’d like to let you in on my thoughts as to whether you might be getting your deserved salary..?

Apart from those handy tricks of negotiating higher salaries – I’ll save them for when you engage me to represent you for your new job.. tongue-in-cheek aside – almost every techie whom I speak with on a daily basis, mostly those in jobs, want more money.. WHY, well there’s a list of reasons, however I’ll say this, the interesting area for tech salaries is when your skill set moves from mid-level to senior level – it very much becomes a, ‘you don’t ask, you don’t get’ and we’ll pretend everything’s just fine.

How do you know when you’ve officially graduated from a mid-level professional to a senior. Being able to correctly judge this, will give you much more power when it comes to attracting a higher salary. The simplest way to prove this is how you compare with your co-workers when it comes to production levels. Sure there are other variables when it comes to an individuals¬†actual worth – I never let those whom I represent take anything less than they’re worth.

Juniors or Graduates entering the market in web development can expect anything from $45,000 – $50,000+ (depending on personal web projects completed outside of school). A mid-level web developer would be classified as someone whom has a reasonably thorough understanding of Javascript, among other technologies, they can be worth anywhere from $55,000 – $65,000 < it’s important to note that a mid-level web developer will have completed around 3 years of commercial work experience. The move from here on is where most companies are at risk to loosing their web developers, because what I’ve found is that from here, individuals move forward at inconsistent skill rates etc.

My advice is that if you feel that you’re in this area here and you haven’t received a pay rise in at least 6 months – you might like to do some research in your local market to see where those cashed up start-ups are..

Your friend, Jason W. Roulston

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2 thoughts on “Tech People – Are you paid your worth… Part 1.

  1. Yeah moving up in pay can be tough if one doesn’t have the assertiveness. I imagine it is easier to just find other jobs where the advertised pay is already higher, than to challenge the remuneration for their current skills/contribution.

  2. It certainly can be easier to just change jobs, however I generally prefer that people resolve their current salary issues prior to engaging with myself – I am also happy to help talk people through this process. Cheers.

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