Remember the #PaidMe threads in the summer 2020?
It is fine if you don’t – they seem to have died out as fast as they blazed on to the Twitter scene.
To say that a lot happened in 2020 would be to understate and understatement. Now the situation in the US is beginning to stabilize (go get your sticks, folks 💉💉) with an accompanying boom in hiring.
But if people are getting hired again, are they getting paid enough?
Just as Adam Ruins Everything, without further to do,
The Data 2021
THP – Take Home Pay (assuming only income taxes without contributions apply)
Inf – Inflation (not used for this year)
CoL – normalized to national Cost of Living (compare this)
Senior Software Engineer
MZ, owned by AppLovin
Las Vegas, NV
Let’s talk about this.
I believe these are high numbers (if interviews with Las Vegas-based businesses are to be believed). This does not include bonuses, stock options, WFH, or other benefits (rough estimate would increase base pay 130% for that value).
The term “Golden Handcuffs” comes to mind, but that’s another post.
What also comes to mind is that companies can afford to pay you much, much more than they currently are.
And why aren’t they?
I’ve written on negotiating your compensation before and have linked articles all throughout this post. The resources are out there to both evaluate what you ought to be earning and how to muster the courage to politely demand more.
You ever want to discuss numbers? Let’s talk – 20 minutes is all we’ll need.
In the meantime, go earn your freedom! Don’t work too hard getting that bread. Drink water, take rest. Cheers ~