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RE: Average Salary by Experience

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I think the technical term is "salary decompression."  Unfortunately a way
to combat it is to move from firm to firm with salary increases along the
way.  It seems that firms will pay more for someone from outside the company
than someone that has been with the company for a while.  Doesn't do much
for loyalty.


-----Original Message-----
From: Fountain Conner [mailto:fconner(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2000 3:55 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Average Salary by Experience

"The more things change, the more things stay the same."

Nearly 6 years out of school, and after obtaining my license, I discovered
that an engineer 2 1/2 years out of school (and reporting to me) was making
more money than I.  I'd been with the company nearly 4 years, and my modest
salary increases had not kept pace with the "law of supply and demand".

I joined a new company about 3 months later.

Now, over 30 years later, I'm self-employed and rarely get a salary
increase.  In many markets, a new graduate can command more than I make. 
But I am not eager to return to the "large engineering company"
environment.  I like my clients too much.  I like the kind of work that I
do.  And I *don't* have to go to all those meetings. 

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561

> From: Shafat Qazi <seaint-ad(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Average Salary by Experience
> Date: Friday, June 23, 2000 12:58 PM
> Dear SEAINT members:

>  It is interesting to 
> see that new comers are making more than those who have 3 to 5 years 
> experience.