RE: Entry level??!!

Subject: RE: Entry level??!!
From: "Jones, Donna" <DJones -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 11:52:57 -0600

> We expect "entry level" to mean a lower level of
> requirements, but here it
> means simply the lowest level on the rung of highly skilled employees.

Or it could mean that there's only one level of technical writer at that company because they don't want to pay more than entry-level wages. Once you're in the job, you're at your peak with the company, and it will take you forever to get enough raises to make a decent salary. No way to move up unless you become management or leave the company.

I worked for a company like that back in the early 90s. My title was "editorial assistant," and I started at a mere $19K per year, but my job was as a full-fledged editor and writer. There was no moving up from that title, though my job got more complicated during the three years that I stayed there.

When I got my first raise there, taking me from $19K to $20K, I was told that I was actually getting 5.2% (they rounded it up from $19,950 to an even $20K) when no one else was getting over 5%. I'm sure that extra $50 per year went a long way. After taxes, I probably took home 60 cents a week more than I would have otherwise. Repeat after me--ooooo! :-)

Happy Monday!



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