Probably not, but since they bill "much higher" than that and get 80% utilization, they would probably be leaving loads of money on the table. 2) Find people's problems and solve them. Game MMO networking, 200k+. But in all seriousness, being able to write scalable code, avoid time sinks, and work well with diverse stakeholders (business people, other engineers, design, etc.) I had friends making $200 an hour in 1999 because of this. He worked as a key engineer on the CLR team at Microsoft for a while. #3) Biting the Enterprise Application Architecture Bullet - and going in as a self-employed contractor. If you are not creating sustainable revenue with your line of work but rely on bean counter tricks you are dead weight in terms of economic value, regardless of your nominal salary. Software engineers have extensive knowledge of programming languages, software development, and computer operating systems, and they apply engineering principles to software creation. Unfortunately, many of the best jobs out there aren't advertised, you have to know people to get in. 10 years at a big 4 - lots of technical success, but also a lot of learning about how to play the game. While I've struggled to find a title the past 10 year that fits, I'm liking "full-stack", combined with one of system/software architect/integrator. Not really. They are apples/apples. 1 decade ago. 3) Be nice to people even when they are mean. What level (in the hierarchy) were you? No idea about parent's background but in my experience those jobs are almost impossible to get if you are not already "inside". I figured I'd easily meet the right woman with all the money I have, but I haven't, in fact the women I have mentioned it to on dates didn't even care (or believe me, or both). I'm rewriting some of my recent client's projects and a new side project every month in Rails. Thanks to Coursera, I feel comfortable with more domains including machine learning, databases, etc., though have limited experience with them. They just do it a bit more broadly, or a bit more deeply. >an oracle DBA/engineer with 10 years of experience can easily clear a quarter million a year. That's sort of the nature of being a consultant. As a consultant, I've billed nearly 500 an hour, so do your math on six hours a week of that. What would your advice be to a 20-year-old aspiring developer? If it seemed like it at first, but then it became one big puzzle that no 20-something had any business doing. Permanent. The other way I've earned significant compensation is by being hired at a senior level, a VP of Dev or really any very senior technical position. I agree you should strive to do what you love, but if the pay you could potentially get is also good for it then there is no harm trying? But in all seriousness, being able to write scalable code, avoid time sinks, and work well with diverse stakeholders (business people, other engineers, design, etc.) See who ClearanceJobs has hired for this role. Trading signal research, statistics, machine learning, discrete optimization. Volunteer for special projects at work whenever possible--these are often worth their weight in gold. The struggle you will have today and 10 years from now to make $200k will be the same, but you'll never be 20 again. Making a statement that actuaries make over 200k is very misguided and you are naive to think that all actuaries make this. I realized earlier in my career that my success up to that point had far more to do with my ability to communicate well and connect with people than my technical abilities. I switched to be a first-level manager for a couple of years, but there was no bump in level since it was the same effective scope (12 directs). If you can walk into X-Shipping-Corp and you can name-drop things like "Parcel Size Distribution" you'll probably be fast-tracked into compensation discussions. About 'highly paid because it's crappy work': The work doesn't get any easier. In a way, either consulting pays for one's learning/growth, or VC funding can, or bootstrapping can. After bonuses at that higher level, you'll be close to $200k. Some software engineers work on their own as consulting software engineers. It's 99% nonsense and it manufactures stress solely for the sake of manufacturing stress. I did whatever I could to help them out when they were looking for people, and made good connections because of that. Even in a really well-run consultancy your utilization might not break 80%. I'm with you there. I got to my compensation level (L64) as an individual contributor. The most successful that I've seen has always been one of three things. See who Stanley Reid & Company has hired for this role. You earn what you deliver, deliver more and you will earn more (provided that you can price your work fairly). Including your own attitude. An entry-level Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$61,167 based on 140 salaries. Evans Data Corporation reported there were around 4,4 million software engineers in North America in 2016.. $20k $103k $180k. 2. But that isn’t the whole story. On the other hand, your income will be at least 3X the poverty line. Note that while I was leading a big team, I was still doing a lot of technical work including coding on a weekly basis. Ok, most important advice. But it's frustrating to be generalized as an out-of-touch ivory tower type when that is simply not the case. Build a revenue-generating company by selling software (vs. giving it away in hopes of attracting eyeballs & monetizing those). Amazon pays their entry level Software Engineers on average nearly $30,000 more than REI Systems: That’s a huge difference, particularly if you consider that money growing over time, if you invest it. You can also make that amount if you become Top Management for Goodwill Stores. Moving to a new job brings its own challenges. It also probably helps to pick companies and industries where you're appreciated for all of those things. Being able to point to your name on the list of authors of Hibernate opens more doors. I don't really get treated any differently either, other than by the developers who know that I know what I'm doing. - being friendly, positive, and easy to work with. Whenever I am a hiring manager, I am pretty openly biased against hiring PhDs. Salary information is updated daily. I'd be the first to tell you I'm very lucky, on a number of levels -- getting a position in the first place, stumbling into a firm with a healthy attitude towards work volume, etc. It's just a selling point, and it works. Even guys in university choose a thing and go "I'm a java back end developer, that's what I do", and spend all of their time on that. Last Updated on December 4, 2020 by . These are the engineers that make the computer components that we rely on daily. [Edit: to clarify, by "peak", I am referring to peaks if you were to plot the responses in a histogram, not a dollar amount.] I'm a product architect, not an SE, but I work with SEs regularly at my company and they are on the road at least 90% of the time. I have to routinely turn down work. One of the things I have found helpful is to read the otherwise often ignored first two chapters of books in multiple domains. If the salaries are trending up, then at least it's making up for the housing prices, unlike the Bay Area. Don't work 80 hr weeks more than a few times a year. The biggest take away from her speech was (I think she said she got it from a book), life is about juggling balls. Nowadays I don't even always hit 100 in a year. Outside of the US a base salary of 200k less common, but still possible for senior software engineer type roles, or more commonly for CTO or Director of Engineering level roles. I did the interview and go the highest tech score in the country (a lot of that due to the fact that there were slim pickings). One way to explain this is that the size and clustering effect of these companies means they employ software engineers in already expensive labor markets. Is there stack ranking even at level 62? 1) Work insanely hard. Things like a happy wife, a house full of animals, and a sailboat that goes where the wind takes it. Depends on what you're passionate about, but try to get to the point where you're the smartest person you know in that topic. It's about as fucked up as you're thinking right now. Also a lot of time working on infrastructure, operations, and communicating with different stakeholders. If we take the $300K+ figure as an outlier, what I see are pretty much peaks at around where I get LinkedIn spam telling me I can make $x. Let's say that is shipping, or distribution, or something along those lines. And then theres the computer programmers who are actually in management. Yeah but after a boom and bust cycle, the guy at the 300k house will weather it fine while the 1.5m guy will be bankrupt and lose everything. 2- put their clients feeling much ahead of their own #2) Working on a well known technology but having something important on your resume - and still going in as a self-employed contractor. So I missed the whole advice thing. Learn a vertical (CRM, in our case), and fix a pain point. I realize that's a controversial thing to say, and I might get downvoted, but screw it. For several years running (5? You'll pay more than half your income in taxes, and you will spend the rest renting a one-bedroom apartment for $3000/month. Avg Additional Pay. That's really if you just want to make money. The thing to keep in mind I think is that inflation is a very big factor. Apply; Email Job; Save Job; Bullet points. Today, I'm a full stack guy. > [Moxie Marlinspike] was the chief technology officer and co-founder of Whisper Systems, which was acquired by Twitter for an undisclosed amount in late 2011. Go deep in one or two areas. FB/GOOG perhaps, given they're primarily based out of the Bay Area, but at MSFT (In Seattle) the average for a Senior-level engineer/PM is definitely below $200k between salary + bonuses. I get insulted by the client company often. And you're doing all the work (or paying to outsource it) that your employer would have been doing for you --- sales, marketing, bookkeeping, receivables, payroll. I'm kind of tired of all of these salary surveys because I don't trust them, but I am curious and think that it would be useful for the HN community to get advice/inspiration from some of the most financially successful engineers. Most enterprise shops will think about it like this; "Either we hire Bob who did some spring work for x-corp, or we pay an additional 40k and we get Lisa who helped write Spring. See 65 salaries from all locations Especially b/c our primary product is a low price point, so our revenue is well distributed across hundreds of clients. But this is still a few months for recognition within the team (scale of 5-10 people) and a few years for within the company/department (scale of 100-300+ people). Don't kill yourself. This is not true at all. I do most of the things you suggestions - maybe not open source so much yet.. but something is coming up for that. Small company - 3 people total, I'm the only developer (and always have been), and I own the majority of the company. 2- According to some in my life, sometimes I treat my clients too well, to a fault. Consulting hourly rates and salary are apples/oranges comparisons. Please follow the conventions. It was so much money to me it was just unreal. Most of them were a grant of X shares over 5 years (IIRC). Do you enjoy it, or is it the stereotypical "highly paid because it's crappy" work? That includes state, federal, CA SDI, Medicare, and SS. In addition, familiarity with an industry may help you design software for that industry. Here's what I'd say: If all you want to do is make money then get yourself in as a contractor for a specific industry. Do you have any advice for someone who would want to pursue that industry now that is in their early 20's? Aleynikov made 400k as a senior VP working on HFT infrastructure at Goldman. What kind of work got you $500 per hour ? As a consultant I have more than once been the highest paid person at a company--sometimes making more even than the executives. Outside of the US a base salary of 200k less common, but still possible for senior software engineer type roles, or more commonly for CTO or … 6 years ago. :), hmm. It’s one of two security jobs with a salary range that tops $200,000. But it also comes with markedly increased risk, which is why it pays more. In that same vein, a good software engineer is curious. Similar story here - developer at NYC HFT shop making $180k base + about the same in bonus and equity grants. These types of packages are what are known as golden handcuffs. I just turned into a software dev, after about a decade split between help desk and system administration. I still have a copy of the cover letter I sent to apply for a job in structured credit products at Bear Stearns. When they emailed me I would just quote a ridiculous rate like $200/hr and be polite about it. Explore skills overlap. Offer extremely good customer service. Can you confidently whiteboard the entire Oracle Enterprise Suite? As someone who has been interested in relocating to Austin, can you explain why you say that? worse than that, you depress earnings for an entire industry of people because you are willing to work for shit money. Some organizations have specialists to perform all of the tasks in the software development process. Software Developer. But I hate the industry and everything it's become. Most of the quant finance firms draw from the same pool of seniors graduating from highly selective colleges, and mostly just the good programmers from that group. Write articles, books, talk at conferences, become an "industry expert" (hint: fake it till you make it). How much do the Software Engineers who help build and make the “everything store” make? Create a Video Course. Regarding biting "the Enterprise Application Architecture Bullet," if all I wanted was money I think I'd feel less dirty and immoral at the end of the day running a porn site than purposefully selling people extremely complex solutions to simple problems. In my experience, this is exactly the type of thing that PhDs generally don't know, and are often no longer curious enough to learn. Even hobbies and side interests can open up networking opportunities, or at least add passion to your job. it pins the blame on you, and your ego can't accept that. > I'm kind of tired of all of these salary surveys because I don't trust them. On the flip side, if you're able to keep your income effectively tied to the value you generate (a portion of your salary based on money you make or save the company), the multiplier effect is a truer way to effectively boost the average hourly rate you have. House prices aren't part of inflation, are they? For software engineers in particular, there are many ways to make an immediate impact on your coworkers. It took about 3 years of non stop pushing myself (80/hr a week or more) to get here. This can make entirely new software, or produce an update for existing work. The sooner that kind of kool-aid goes out of circulation, the better. A software engineer typically works with programmers and other individuals to create computer code for an application. What does a $150k+ engineer know? I think the best developers are often the ones that simply have a detailed understanding of their domain's fundamentals. Confirming. Custom middleware to speak between any combination of legal, workflow, shipping, accounting, logistics, retail, and beyond. I went to the client location and yeah, it wasn't glorious work but the pay was insane, so I've kept at it. At a certain point, you can not abstract away the fact that it will take lots of work no matter how good and amazing the tools are. Mine may be a special case, so I may learn more from the readers here than advice some! Source. That being said, these firms tech-out candidates about as hard as I've ever seen. Finally, exploit LinkedIn. If you got to that number via a startup, you got lucky. Game apps, digital music suites, or business software are all examples; Senior software engineers at Google make an average total compensation of $210,000. :-). I was 25 at the time, and left a 150K/year job as a lead engineer. Still working on this myself. 3. Most curricula cover a wide variety of languages but that doesn't really teach you enough to mean anything. At this point in time, there are actually more positions for skillful programmers than there are people to fill those positions. Maybe it’s just Ruby but a good Ruby programmer with a few years can easily make $100, probably $150/hr. Lyft is now the top paying company for junior talent. The one key I have found is not to sell yourself as a freelance consultant. The extra work that comes with consulting is well worth it. Someone else advised switching jobs every few years. Most developers, no matter how good they are, don't get a 50% raise, but it wouldn't be hard to start around $60k, then jump to $85k, then to $110k, then to $140k. 30? Filter by location to see Software Engineer salaries in your area. Generally, economists assume that a house is an asset, and rent (or if people own houses, the rent they would pay) goes to the inflation figures. Also, the reason consulting rates are not high is not b/c of the benefits (that makes at most 20% of the diff between consulting and full time rates). Balance your life, and make time for the people in your life. Software Engineer. "Often" - yes. Software engineers are highly sought after and well paid in Silicon Valley, but the actual amount they make correlates to a single number. Learn a new (programming) language, read tech blogs, contribute to open source, etc. Of course, the cost-of-living varies greatly across these regions as well. I don't buy "easily" for a second. It is like you tell yourselves this to justify not majoring in engineering or something. The tech stack is a combination of software and custom hardware, and you'll have the best equipment that money can buy, including low-power high-quality SIGINT hardware devices. I initially considered that having specific domain knowledge in these areas would be valuable, but I'm less sure at this point that it really is. I heard it's a good introductory language for web apps, but I'm planning on learning other languages as well. - As for chances of getting in, I'd say that it's definitely still possible but harder than it was. It depends on what sort of engineer you are talking about. ), so in the end feels like a wash. As a rule of thumb I'd say $1 billed as a consultant ~= $.75 of salary (or $150K salary ~= $200k consulting). Full cycle ERP (ie., SAP) installations. I've been a systems engineers and wrote low level servers and linux kernel patches but never got to see above 70k :) now I am an iOS dev. The biggest lesson I've learned in life is that wealth has nothing to do with money and everything to do with time. Is Curious. They are apples and apples from the client's perspective though and as an independent consultant it's quite possible to consistently achieve 100% utilization. Like everywhere else, you have to anticipate the future and be in the game. Go to Europe, get off the grid, see the world. I am not sure why people are taking offense to this, but living here with a family as the single bread winner , and 200K is around what you might need to give them the same quality of life you would probably get much cheaper in other parts of the country. I've seen close to $200K offers, although they were for managerial positions rather than individual developer roles. I'm 16 and have just started learning Javascript within the last year. ... Senior Software Engineer salaries at Crowderia can range from ₨110,000 - ₨200,000. So even though I try to read up on new things eventually it does come down to some sort of web stack :) Maybe I read HN too much and its too web oriented. This world view will prevent you from ever being successful at anything you do. But good on you, especially for living frugally. 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