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Seems to me a lot of people would like to know what rates others are
getting, but no one wants to be the first to disclose. Understandable, I
think. If there's really a lot of interest, perhaps we should find one
person who has the time to take on a survey, and send him/her info on
what kind of work we're doing, where we're doing it (geography is
important), years of experience, and what we get paid. That person could
put together a report with each person's response, line by line, sans
Unfortunately, I don't have time to take this on myself (sorry to be
suggesting work for someone else). And I don't post often enough for
most of you to know who I am and feel comfortable sending me that info.
But it's a thought....and failing that, interested parties might check
the geographic pay range on the STC website.
Speaking strictly for myself, of course.
>From: Alexia Prendergast [SMTP:alexiap -at- SEAGATESOFTWARE -dot- COM]
>Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 1997 9:34 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Fee Disclosure
>This has been an interesting thread --
>As an employee, I don't discuss pay rates with
>other coworkers. It's unprofessional. However,
>I do discuss rates with my peers, through this
>list and professional organizations, etc. I find
>that publications that publish this info are over-
>generalized, underestimated, or outdated.
>Not discussing rates with other coworkers has
>pros and cons -- yes, it can help cover discrimination,
>but hopefully, if you talk to other professionals in
>your area and are aware of your skills, you will know
>if you are being over/underpaid. On the other
>hand, as folks pointed out, not discussing salaries,
>etc., does help prevent petty jealousies and politics
>from interfering with work.
>I suggest getting to know what the rates are in
>your area and getting to know what you are worth.
>Then go negotiate.
>PS. A quick aside re: someone's comment re: discrimination
>in female-dominated industries -- it certainly happens. A
>textbook example is the healthcare industry. Nurses are
>primarily female; however, male nurses are paid more
>on average than female nurses at all experience levels.
>Senior Technical Writer
>alexiap -at- sems -dot- com
>>From: Tim Altom[SMTP:taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET]
>>Sent: Monday, May 19, 1997 10:49 PM
>>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>Subject: Fee Disclosure
>>I've been following the fee disclosure thread with interest, because I've
>>been on every side in this question...newbie, old hand, employer....
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