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By ken_lacroix ·
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I'm always at odds as to how much I'm worth based on my years of experience and my skillset. I see people with 0 years experience, getting CDN$50K because they were trained in JAVA or the latest in Web-based technology.

When I graduated 12 years ago, my training got me CDN$26.5K. This was a good salary back then, but the salary difference going into the IT industry then as opposed to most other industries, was not as broad as it is today, as I have shown.

So my question is, after 12 yearsof experience without being out of touch with the latest and greatest, how can I judge that I'm being paid what I'm worth? I realize that certain areas of expertise pay more than others, but I feel that 12 years of experience should get me more thanthe CDN$75K that I'm earning now as an employee.

Any comments would be appreciated.

Regards,
Ken

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by Lo In reply to Salaries

Me too, 20+ yrs & I started low 8k in small co. Fun & I learned lot but <$.

Past yrs I'm doing better. Compete 4 today's grads apx $50k (US) We for past 15+ aren't doing much better, unless ... Get 3%-10% inc + benefits. Job hop for 10%-15% < benefits. Do again? I would job hop 2-3 yr for 10-15 & then 1-3 'good' co for the next 15-20+.

Locate Salaries Survey from Comp World?, PC Magazine? Find 'job'
with exp, bckgrnd, etc. see if you are close to 'norm'. 'Go job hunting', "If I find a new job, what is $ same / similar"? Newspaper, INet, etc. should give you an idea of your 'worth'.

Life isn't fair. As get older, even with cur tech, your time with company gets <. From their stndpt potential & such is with 1 that has 20-30 yr to wrk (if they stay same co). All is a trade off ... lo

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by pallan In reply to Salaries

You don't mention what your skillset is, but it's clear that you're a victim of the Canadian IT market (hey, I've been there). The Canadian market seems to top off in the 75-100K bracket for people who don't work for themselves. The only way to beat this is to strike out on your own (and risk having to start over if you fail) or to move yourself out of the Canadian job market. Twelve years is more than experience enough to do the latter.

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