That’s a pretty crass headline, isn’t it?
Which is exactly the point. People don’t like to be asked what they make, and so it’s hard to find real-world information about what jobs pay, tailored to a particular industry and geographic level. Online salary websites are often inaccurate, probably because they generally don’t account for the fact that job titles can represent wildly different scopes of responsibility. You can ask around in your field, but that doesn’t always pay off, and it’s especially hard if you’re just starting out.
So, as suggested by a commenter last weekend, let’s take some of the mystery out of salary.
If you’re willing to play, leave a comment with the following information:
- your job (the more descriptive the better, since job titles don’t always explain level of responsibility or scope of work)
- your geographic area
- your approximate years of experience
- your salary
- anything else pertinent to put that number in context
Update: Please put your job title as your user name, which will make it appear in bold, which will be easier for people to scan.
(Assuming you want to be anonymous, don’t put your email address in the email field if you don’t want it linked to your Gravatar, if you have one.)
And if you’re willing to note whether you’re a man or woman, that might be interesting too!
And no snarking on anyone’s salary, because that is rude.