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Subject:Re: What am I worth? From:Melonie Holliman <melonie -dot- holliman -at- TXEXMTA4 -dot- AMD -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 2 Mar 1999 08:31:33 -0600
All I know about rates is that I usually get what I ask for up to what the
will bear (within my experience). I have never had a company say "That's all
your asking, let us give you more." I have had companies say "How much are
you making now? Why should we give you much more?" Underselling myself
has long-term effects. And holding out for a decent income has increased
my own self-worth. Greediness, of course, will always backfire. But wanting
a good pay never has.
Often, a company will post their rate when they post the job (try checking
some job sites like monsterboard or net-temps). I have seen jobs posted in
Austin ranging from $17/hr to $38/hr (through agencies) with most posted in
the mid to upper $20s. I have known independant contractors who charge from
$50 to $80. The internet now has so much info out there. Do some research.
Check out the STC salary survey. Look at what the jobs in your area are
Even beginners deserve a decent salary. Fast food workers in Austin are
$7.00/hr. I cannot imagine giving any professional $10.00/hr.