Scenario Thinker wrote:AynRandMindSet wrote:Five years after graduation from college I was at six figures, and that was back in 1983, and I've been at the $150k range ever since then. There are good opportunities out there and I am busy all the time. The cream on top is that I love the work too. It provides me lots of options in life.
I'm with you ARMS. Are you in management or in consulting and where do you live? I've been in IT work since about the same time (1983) and make just at 6 figures now, but it crept up there, not near after just 5 years (in 1988 I was probably making in the high 20's, low 30's, but in Wisconsin). But, I've stayed technical and resisted management and going into consulting. I'm in the Chicago area now. I moved to Illinois into the Chicago market purposely for the pay increase in about 1990).
After about 5 years of working as an employee, I got sick of the mistreatment, the too many hours on salary, all the corporate BS, so I struck out on my own, incorporated, and my pay jumped up over night. I'm an IT consultant and have been doing this since the mid '80s. I really love the variety, and billing through my corp means I get a lot of tax benefits. However during this "great recession" I've had to be very open geographically to stay busy, so my market is the entire USA. I'm currently in Arizona, and will start a new project in Texas in about 4 weeks. I suspect things will normallize in 6-12 months, so that I can stay in just one geographic area. Still, I love the travel, the $168/day per diem tax free, meeting new people....it's almost like being on vacation...almost lol.