RE: Salary bell curve: on the downside

Subject: RE: Salary bell curve: on the downside
From: Anne Robotti <Anne -dot- Robotti -at- radisys -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 09:41:21 -0400

> Anyone else experiencing the down-side of the salary curve?

I don't know if this counts as the downside of the salary curve,
but I had been steadily increasing my salary until this year. I
recently made the decision to take a staff position instead of
remaining a consultant, and that cut my salary by about 1/3 in
dollars per paycheck.

I did that for a couple of reasons, one of which was my feeling
that here in NJ the market wasn't going to sustain that fat con-
sulting salary forever. I had reached the top of the salary curve
pretty quickly and stayed there for about 3 years, during what I
still affectionately refer to as "The Good Years." But I had
noticed a downturn in the consulting salaries available in this
area, and although I was still getting calls for the high-end jobs
the high-end jobs seemed to be getting scarcer and scarcer.

So although I'm hardly underpaid and impoverished, I do make less
now than I did last year. I think my benefits package pretty well
makes up for it, or almost gets there.



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