RE: Salary Question for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Subject: RE: Salary Question for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
From: "Ryan Minaker" <RMinaker -at- rand -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 12:26:45 -0400


I agree! I was recently trying to locate salary information for TWs with
3-5 years experience, working the Greater Toronto Area. It was
impossible to find semi-accurate information without paying a company
that specializes in salary surveys. I found that this company provided
good information: http://www.hays.ca/ (for me in Canada); however, they
charge $ for anything other than very basic statistics.

I think that the STC salary survey is even less useful for Canadians
because our largest breakdown is by Province, whereas the information
for the US is broken down by ZIP codes. The difference in salary for
someone working in downtown Toronto and someone working 50km/100km out
of the city can be huge (as I'm sure it is with any metropolitan area),
and we really have no way to measure that. I'd like to see the Canadian
salary information broken down into Postal Codes... but then I guess you
might run into the problem of not having enough information.

Don't get me wrong, the STC salary survey is a great guide. I just don't
find that the data is "solid" enough to use as leverage when asking for
a raise.


Just my thoughts,


R.



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Subject: Re: Salary Question for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area


They're the best we have, but, like all statistical investigations, are
limited. For instance, many technical writers are not members of STC and
would have little inclination to respond to STC questionnaires.
Most of the TWs I know who earn just "liveable" wages cannot afford
membership into STC and often they harbor a bias against it (some would
even call it "snobby").

:)
Arroxane, proud member of STC since college

-----Original Message-----
From: Edwin Skau <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Cc: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 12:46:28 -0700
Subject: Re: Salary Question for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area


On 10/26/05, Brian Gordon <elasticsoul2003 -at- yahoo -dot- ca> wrote:
>
> It would have been better to do some research before mentioning a
> number, say by checking salary.com or by contacting STC.

How accurate are either salary.com or STC salary survey figures?

-ed



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