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These were the dollar figures I was offered when I first looked for salaried
jobs in New Jersey in 1985 (and I had 6 years experience)! That is why I
originally went into contracting.
> Last year (early 94) I left one job for another, here are some real
> numbers I remember coming up during my job search:
> - Open position for a medical software writer offering
> $25,000 & requiring 2+ yrs exp.
> - I interviewed with a fitness equipment manufacturer. I was very
> interested until I learned the pay range: $21,000 - $26,000.
> - A small software co. advertised for a writer. I called,
> they were looking to pay $21,000. They wanted a couple years of
> experience. I immediately said I wasn't interested & the HR person &
> I had a frank discussion about how low that salary *really* was.
> This company now advertises for a "Junior Tech Writer" on a fairly
> regular basis (4 times over the last 12 months).
> - Before moving into another field a software tech writer I know with
> about 5yrs experience was making $35,000.
> I don't know how this compares to what others in the Twin Cities know.
> Seems to me what the 1st 3 employers thought was acceptable was way,
> way, way too low.
> Happily & eventually I found a co. that was willing to negotiate & I
> got what I wanted.