Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?

Subject: Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?
From: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:04:32 -0700


Since 2007 salaries have kept up with inflation, but there are next to no end-user docs jobs, many more short-term contracts, and the cost of living (especially housing) has skyrocketed. Also the traffic is far, far, worse, so you trade off the price you pay for housing for the (really hideously large amount of) time you spend commuting.

Honestly itâs the commute that gets to me far more than anything else in the valley, job-wise.

Laura

> On Jul 1, 2015, at 1:43 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
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> I moved out of the valley in 2007. At the time, my salary for a "principal technical writer" position (I was the sole writer/docs guru in a small networking start up) was $105k, and I was doing just fine with that. Someone who is still working there will have to say how the present job market and COL compares to 2007.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
>
>
> On 7/1/2015 11:13 AM, Keith Mahoney wrote:
>> All -
>>
>> I looked up Rent in South Bay (Sunnyvale, Cupertino, etc.) and a one
>> bedroom was 2.5 - 4k per month - OUCH!!
>>
>> Given this, what rates does a contractor charge in the Bay - and what is a
>> reasonable FT Salary given the cost of living? Even 100+k a year sounds
>> like it would fall short . . . .
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